8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Networking Circles

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sponsored by ShoWorks


9:00 a.m.
Doors Open for General Session

9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Tuesday General Session
This general session is packed full of excitement as you watch the presentation of various awards, including                             Membership, State & Provincial, Contest, Rising Star, Heritage, and Hall of Fame! And stay tuned for the fascinating               keynote speaker during this session, Amy Herman (sponsored by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance)!

Keynote Speaker: Amy Herman
Sponsored by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance


11:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Workshops – more coming soon!


The Magic of Leadership
Everything boils down to leadership, period. Leadership is not a born trait, but one that is learned, and many times governed by those who have led us, as well as those we emulate. This workshop helps others to find the leader within themselves, to identify key leadership characteristics of success, and to discover leadership is not a title – anyone has the ability to act as a leader. So how does leadership relate to us as fair managers? Why is leadership critical to your success? Learn what your leadership style is and what it means through this interactive and participative workshop. This award-winning presentation will present leadership development tools and provide key aspects of leadership skills that workshop speaker Larry Berry learned as a leader and manager at Walt Disney World.
Presented by Larry Berry (Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show & Osceola County Fair, FL)


Leveraging Your Fairground’s Year-Round Opportunities
Presented by Kathy Kramer (Central Washington State Fair)

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
IAFE Associates Board Selection Credentialing Meeting & IAFE Update
Meeting called to order at 11:15 a.m.

All Associate Members are invited to attend. Associate memberships are included in one of four categories. The categories are: Entertainment; Commercial Exhibits & Concessions; Carnivals/Ride Owners/Ride Manufacturers; and Suppliers & Services. Each Associate membership shall be entitled to cast one vote for a nominee for Associate Director. The name of the person who is not a member of the Carnivals/Ride Owners/Ride Manufacturers category who receives the most votes shall be submitted to the IAFE Nominating Committee for consideration for the nominating report during the Business Meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

12:15 p.m.-12:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Workshops –  more coming soon!


Critical Conversation: The United – A New Vision in Livestock Shows
Presented by Wes Allison (Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo) and Daryl Real, CFE (State Fair of Texas)

2:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.


2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
The Ed Shed

Unite with Convention attendees and ignite your knowledge! Ed Shed educational activities include the 2020 Contest entries. Complimentary USBs featuring the award-winning contest entries are available, courtesy of the North Carolina State Fair. Contest winners can claim their plaques and certificates in the Ed Shed on Tuesday & Wednesday.


2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
IAFE Trade Show 

Walk through the aisles of nearly 300 exhibitors waiting to serve you and your fair. Find a partner in all things fair, including insurance, entertainment, website/ticketing, and more! When you need to take a break, enjoy a free beer – compliments of ConnectFun by Etix – in the IAFE Education Foundation Lounge.

2:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

2021 Programming Committee Table Meetings [TENTATIVE]
Find your committee for a meeting. Not on a committee? Find a topic that interests you and join that group. We promise, it’s fun!


Most activity and educational program groups will meet to outline projects for 2021. Group participation is encouraged. If you would like to participate, please join an Educational Program Group of your choice. 


Management Conference Committee

Master Planning & Physical Plant Operations Committee 

Advertising & PR Committee
Sponsorship Committee
County Fairs Committee
Non-Fair Facility Usage Committee
Commercial Exhibits & Concessions Committee 

Agriculture Committee
Entertainment Committee 

Website & Technology Committee 

Competitive Exhibits Committee


2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
OABA / CalPro Meeting

2:45 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Beyond the Booth Showcases

Equipment and Production Services provided by On Grounds Sound


2:45 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Members of State & Provincial Associations of Fairs Workshop

Open to State and Provincial Association members. Enjoy an educational session with like-minded individuals to help you improve your association.

3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Young Professionals Initiative (YPI) Ment-A-Minute / Mentor Social Mixer

Facilitated by the YPI Steering Committee, all convention attendees under the age of 40 (and invited mentors) are welcome. Interact with established industry professionals and have a chance to gain insight from them.

3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
2021 Convention Program Committee Meeting [TENTATIVE]


5:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

First-Timer Team Meetings

If you are a first-time attendee and participated in the First Friends reception on Sunday, take this opportunity to meet with your team leader to debrief about your day.

5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Happy Hour – Chair’s Welcome

At the end of a jam-packed day of networking and education, come together with other attendees at the happy hour before heading out to dinner. Includes drinks, snacks, and entertainment.



3043 E. Cairo Street

Springfield, MO 65802



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International Association of Fairs & Expositions
3043 E. Cairo St.
Springfield, MO  65802