With Virginias Fair season underway and quite busy over the next several months, let us hope the weather will support us all, so that we may have the opportunity to execute successful fairs after spending months of planning and preparation.
As most of you probably already know, we announced earlier this year, Joye Wood, our Executive Coordinator is retiring after ten years in that position. Please wish Joye well, as we do, in her retirement. She will be with us through the conference this year mentoring and helping our new Co-Executive Coordinators in their new jobs.
With that being said, we would like to introduce Dawn Burch and Theresa Woodall as the Co-Executive Coordinators. Both have been working in support of the VAF conferences for the last few years. Dawn is the Executive Assistant for the Shenandoah County Fair and Theresa is Chairman of the Agriculture Education Center and Arts/Crafts Chair at the Isle of Wight County Fair. Please wish them well and be patient as they take on their new jobs!!!
Your VAF Board has been working hard and heavy in the planning stages for the 103nd Annual Conference in January at the Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. With all your support, we are planning a wonderful conference for you to enjoy and provide you with as much information and education about fairs and events as possible. We certainly look forward to your attendance and intend to provide as many opportunities as we possibly can, for you to network, learn from other fairs and share your experiences from your own fair. There are many outstanding and highly experienced fair people from all over the state that can provide you with information and experiences that can help make your fair an even more successful event.
We also wish to encourage all member fairs to nominate deserving individuals to receive the Fair Person of the Year Award, the Hazel Staley Scholarship Award, and to participate in Youth Scholarship Competitions. These awards and competitions are magnificent opportunities, often overlooked, that recognize deserving people within Virginia fairs.
I sincerely hope every member fair has a successful season this year and am especially looking forward to seeing each of you at the conference in January!!!
Danny Byrum VAF President