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Hall of Fame 2015: George Soares

Written on November 21, 2015 at 10:11 am, by

The fair has been a constant in George Soares’ life. He showed cattle as a youth and later received a WFA scholarship for $500 in the 60s to continue his education. Without that scholarship, he may not have been able to continue his schooling and become the advocate for the fair industry that he is  Continue Reading »

Enter WFA Achievement Awards

Written on September 8, 2015 at 5:29 pm, by

Fairs can now begin registering their entries for the WFA Achievement Awards, which we will celebrate at Convention. Register here! Cal Poly students are available for entry assistance if needed.

Oppose SB 716 – Make Your Voice Heard

Written on April 23, 2015 at 5:02 pm, by

Legislation regarding the banning of bull hooks or guides in the handling of elephants has been receiving a lot of attention lately. If passed, proposed legislation would ban the use of this tool in California beginning in 2018, affecting not only circuses but also zoos and other elephant facilities and veterinarians.¬† The Senate Public Safety  Continue Reading »

Blue Ribbon Foundation Scholarship Program – Apply by March 6th!

Written on February 9, 2015 at 6:32 pm, by

The Blue Ribbon Foundation is proud to once again be offering two scholarship opportunities for children and grandchildren of Western Fairs Association members. Two $2,500 scholarships are available; one for a child or grandchild of a service member, and one for a child or grandchild of permanent fair staff. With money raised throughout 2014 and  Continue Reading »

Elevate ’15: That’s a Wrap!

Written on February 2, 2015 at 5:22 pm, by

The 92nd annual Western Fairs Association (WFA) Convention and Trade Show opened on January 11 at the Grand Sierra Resort, for the start of a highly successful four-day run. A record-breaking 1,250+ fair CEOs, directors, staff, service members and fair industry professionals attended our premier event. Trade Show¬† Attendance was strong from start to finish  Continue Reading »

Merrill Award Nominees Announced

Written on December 17, 2014 at 5:28 pm, by

Six fair projects have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Merrill Award and as presenters at the upcoming Western Fairs Convention, January 11-14 in Reno. The Merrill Award has become the “Oscar” for the fairs of the west, and is given to the projects that demonstrate outstanding vision and leadership in the field of  Continue Reading »

Service Member Receives Top Honor – Barham Award Winner Announced

Written on November 26, 2014 at 12:00 am, by

Congratulations to Ovations Fanfare, LP, the recipient of the prestigious Western Fairs Association Barham Award. “The Ovations team stepped outside of their regular food and beverage role to help capture a unique opportunity for the California State Fair, the Sacramento community and, of course, their own operation,” said WFA President Pat Kress. “This is exactly  Continue Reading »

WFA Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Written on November 15, 2014 at 5:59 pm, by

Two WFA veterans will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the upcoming Convention in Reno. Salinas Valley Fair Director Paul Beckett and Nevada County Fair CEO Sandy Woods will share the podium as members of Western Fairs celebrate their contributions to the fair industry. Both have spent decades in service with Beckett starting  Continue Reading »

WFA Elects 2015 Leadership

Written on November 14, 2014 at 5:57 pm, by

At the November 10 board meeting, the following officers and area directors were confirmed for 2015. Troy Bowers, Amador County Fair CEO, will serve as WFA president. Barbara Quaid, Ventura County Fair CEO, moves into the vice president position, and Joe Anderson, Napa Valley Expo CEO, will serve as treasurer. Lauri King, Big Fresno Fair  Continue Reading »