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A Letter from your President
Dear VAF Members:
2016 Fair Season is over and according to most fairs; we had another successful fair season!
The Virginia Association of Fairs staff, Board of Directors and volunteers have been busy planning an exciting conference at The Homestead on January 5-8, 2017. Our theme this year ironically is “VAF CELEBRATES 100 years.” It is the Associations 100th year of existence.
The VAF conference is an excellent opportunity for your fair volunteers and staff. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of the many programs designed for your benefit. We all look forward to seeing the hard work and imagination that goes into the Communication Awards Program. Fairs are grouped by attendance into small, medium and large gate attendance and each division will be awarded. Be sure to visit the Trade Show and explore the many and varied entertainment possibilities; some of which you may never have considered. Visit the vendors who offer business services for our industry. Fairs are their expertise, so take advantage of the experience.
If the youth at your fair have never considered applying for the VAF scholarship awards, this is a great way to involve your youth and help them fund their college education.
With this year being our 100th year, we will have 10 fun games to win $100.00 randomly throughout the conference. Also we are preparing a book of the history of each fair in Virginia. Please respond to Dennis Cupp with your Fair history even if your history does not seem that great to you. We all have something in our history to contribute to this effort. We are looking for 100% participation so get your history in to Dennis now! Also Field Day of the Past is assembling a quilt with a square from each fair commemorating the 100 year anniversary. The quilt will be on display throughout the conference and will be auctioned off on Saturday night at the live auction with proceeds going to the Scholarship Fund.
We look forward to seeing you at The Homestead in January. If you have questions, never hesitate to call on us. We are here to help you make your fair the best it can be!
Warm wishes for a wonderful holiday season.