Congratulations to all that had successful Fairs this past year, and condolences to those affected adversely by hurricanes and stormy, rainy weather, as was prevalent much of this season. Now that the 2018 Fair Season is completed, it is a time to reflect on our past year and to begin planning for a wonderful and successful 2019 season. After all, for most of us, our Fairs are the single event held in one place that brings the community together for several days, celebrating agriculture, heritage, various businesses and a very important aspect to all, called fun, for your communities’ family and friends.
Now is the time when Directors, Staff and Volunteers are concentrating on the 2019 Virginia Association of Fairs Conference to be held at The Omni Homestead Resort, January 3rd through 5th, and working hard to make this conference a great event.
Our theme this year is “Lights, Camera, Action!” and there will be several educational sessions, round table discussions and presentations, as well as parts of the Showcase that follow the theme. There are many occasions to network and share information throughout the conference. We hope that you will utilize all these opportunities to educate and gain new insights into those things that can help improve your fair. Please be sure to share the knowledge that you have gained here to support other fairs in making them even better.
The Conference highlights this year include:
- The ever popular Welcome Party and Social Thursday evening
- Educational sessions Friday morning
- Annual Membership Session and Tradeshow opening Friday afternoon
- The very popular Entertainment Showcase Friday evening
- On Saturday, a special Morning session “Take you Fair to the Cinema”
- Several round table discussions throughout the day Saturday
- Tradeshow and Judging School Saturday
- Miss Virginia Association of Fairs Pageant Saturday afternoon
- Saturday evening, VAF Gala Dinner
We certainly hope to see everyone, from fairs and festivals all over Virginia, take advantage of the opportunities to enhance your event and to network with the huge amount of fair experience that is available to you at this conference!! And while at the conference, be sure to visit the Hospitality Suite located in the Tower Suite.
Again, Welcome to 2019 Virginia Association of Fairs Conference!! Looking forward to seeing you there!!
Danny Byrum VAF President