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That’s a Wrap!

Written on January 15, 2016 at 10:33 am, by

It was great to gather with so many fair friends and family at WFA Fired Up 2016. Visit the Convention wrap website for fun photos and access to presentation materials.

Convention Preparation

Written on January 1, 2016 at 11:29 am, by

We’re Fired Up to see you in Anaheim, Jan. 3-6, 2016! Here’s what’s happening around the office:


Written on December 11, 2015 at 10:25 am, by

We had a great time visiting Las Vegas for the International Association of Fairs & Expositions Convention. Here are some highlights: Newly-elected IAFE President Marla Calico receives congratulations while stopping by the WFA Board of Directors meeting in Las Vegas. She officially begins Jan. 1, 2016. Jim Tucker, current IAFE President, will be featured as  Continue Reading »

Meet Your Barham Award Winner

Written on November 24, 2015 at 10:56 am, by

Brander Enterprises has been recognized by WFA and their peers with this year’s Barham Award. The company officially incorporated in 2008, but began with the Texas Donut Stand in 1987 operated by Sil and Carol Brander. Their son Rich and his wife Teresa bought the business, which Rich had been working at for a decade  Continue Reading »

Hall of Fame 2015: Tim Fennell

Written on November 18, 2015 at 11:20 am, by

Tim Fennell has been a constant supporter of the industry since he began his time with Del Mar Fairgrounds in 1993. From supporting smaller fairs financially to sending staff to other fairgrounds during disasters, he’s committed to simply doing what’s right. “If there’s a position where you can help another, then that’s what you do,”  Continue Reading »

Make Your Voice Heard with Committee Service

Written on November 17, 2015 at 10:55 am, by

WFA President-elect Barbara Quaid will be officially assuming her role at Convention, but is already taking an active role. One of her first tasks is to solidify and appoint new members to WFA Committees. You can affect change in the industry by participating in committees. Serving on committees allows participants to be more involved in  Continue Reading »

Support the Blue Ribbon Foundation

Written on November 1, 2015 at 10:35 am, by

You may have seen this form in the last couple issues of the Fair Dealer. Your support with items and experiences is invaluable in creating exciting auction offerings. Some of the great donations we’ve already received include limited edition fine art prints, an opportunity to spend the afternoon at Pacific Animal Productions Ranch with Karla  Continue Reading »

Service Member Alert – WFA Board Election Opportunity

Written on October 27, 2015 at 11:53 am, by

Western Fairs offers Service Members several important service opportunities including service as a member of the WFA Board of Directors. WFA Directors serve three-year terms and, as a Board, oversee all of the association’s programs and services. The WFA Board meets 3-4 times a year, often by conference call with limited travel expense reimbursement funds  Continue Reading »

Celebrating You: 2015 Merrill Recipient

Written on October 7, 2015 at 5:45 pm, by

The Big Fresno Fair got a big surprise this morning in the form of WFA Exec. Dir. Stephen Chambers stopping by with cookies and a banner to congratulate the fair on being a Merrill Award Recipient. Deputy GM Stacy Rianda and CEO John Alkire posed for a photo with their Merrill banner. We stopped by  Continue Reading »

Deadlines Approaching Soon!

Written on September 21, 2015 at 10:30 am, by

With all our members Fired Up about the 2016 Convention schedule, we wanted to make sure to remind you of a few upcoming deadlines. Convention Registration Discount – Sign up for the WFA Convention – Fired Up 2016 – by September 30 to receive $50 off one full registration! Blue Ribbon Internship – Apply by  Continue Reading »