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Deadlines Approaching Soon!

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 November 11 for your chance to be a Blue Ribbon Intern.

Service Member Renewal (Online or via Check) –
Service Members, renew by October 1 to be included in the Date List.


Showcasing Deadlines:

Showcase Application – To be eligible to participate in the showcase, get your application in by October 15.
Video Showcase – Turn in your video showcase application by November 15 for priority. We will continue to accept applications until all spots are filled.
Found Space Acts Application – There are some new exciting spaces to feature Service Members at the Anaheim Marriott! We will accept applications until these limited spots are filled.


Hotel Discount – Book your room by December 11 to receive our exclusive $99 room rate!

Shepard Expo. Services Discount – WFA Exhibitors can receive a discount from Shepard Exposition Services until December 11. Also, for ordering electricity from Encore Event Tech, click here.

Trade show Final Payments – Due by October 1.

Exhibitor Description Form – Send in your description to let convention-goers learn a bit more about you by October 1.


Award Nomination Deadlines:
Hall of Fame Nominations – Let us know who should be recognized with WFA’s highest honor by October 15.

Barham Award Nominations – Our Service Members are incredible. Put in your nomination for which business should be recognized by October 15.

Achievement Award Entries Get in your Achievement Award Entries by

November 6.  
Years of Service To make sure that you’re recognized for your years in the industry, apply by November 15.

Enter WFA Achievement Awards

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.

Convention Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for the upcoming WFA Convention: Fired Up 2016!

We’re so FIRED UP that we’re offering a special promotion. Register in the month of September and receive $50 off!

Register today!

Convention Delegates, click here.

Trade Show Exhibitors, click here.

Check out the Convention Website for more information, including the full preliminary schedule.
Need a Place to Stay?

The Anaheim Marriott has you covered

Book your room now to secure a spot for the discounted WFA Convention Rate of $99!

Anaheim Marriott
700 West Convention Way

Anaheim, CA 92802

 Room Rate:

Single/Double Rooms: $99.00 (+ Tax)

The room rate cut-off date is December 11. Reservations made after the cut-off date cannot guarantee the low rate.

Reservations: Dedicated Group Reservation Number:  Call reservations toll free: 1 (877) 622-3056, and reference the WFA Convention.

Dedicated Reservation Page Weblink: WFA Convention

Suite Reservations:  To request suite layouts and pricing, contact WFA meeting manager Liz Waxstein at  or (916) 927-3100.

Feature Fair Tour 2015!

WFA had a great group for Feature Fair Tour 2015 – North Idaho Fair & Rodeo with a special stop in Spokane, Wash. Thank you for your hospitality and sharing your knowledge!


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Celebrating You: 2015 Merrill Recipient

11817269_10153483468235119_8815360759970276239_nExecutive Director Stephen Chambers stopped by Del Norte County Fair on its opening day, Aug. 6, for a surprise visit to celebrate not only opening day, but the staff’s achievement that was recognized with the WFA 2015 Merrill Award. The fair earned the honor in recognition of the community’s support of the fair, with more than 66.6% having voted to pass Measure F and increase their own taxes to support Del Norte County Fair.

Along with his enthusiasm, Stephen brought a box of handmade “Del Norte – Merrill” cookies — enjoyed by CEO Randy Hatfield (above) — along with blue “M for Merrill” pins for the Board and staff, as well as a large congratulatory banner for the fair to display and share its achievement with the community.

Congratulations again to Del Norte County Fair and to all of our members for continually inspiring us – and each other – with your vision, leadership, and creativity. A big ‘Thank You’ goes out to Big Fresno Fair for their generous sponsorship of the Merrill Award. Big Fresno Fair is also a 2015 Merrill Award recipient, earning its Third Merrill Award for the development of the Big Fresno Fair Museum. We’ll be seeing you in October to celebrate!

WFA is FIRED UP! – Exciting changes coming to Convention schedule

9fb43638-32a2-4996-9c3e-e64e5cf9e15eThe Western Fairs Association Convention & Trade Show will be a little different in 2016. Our theme is Fired Up, reflecting the attitude of our membership.

  • On Sunday, Jan. 3, we’ll have a Welcome Reception featuring service members at the renovated Anaheim Marriott. We think you’ll love the redesigned space with more room for networking.
  • The Industry Awards Reception will now be a Tuesday night dinner celebration honoring Achievement Awards, Barham and Merrill winners, and inducting a new honoree into the WFA Hall of Fame, which will lead straight into Suite night.
  • Our opening keynote is a familiar face – Jim Tucker, IAFE president and Hall of Fame member, will address the group just four days following his retirement!
  • Convention will wrap up with a keynote from Jim Knight of Hard Rock International who will speak about amping up your organizational culture and staying relevant.

Get more information and keep up to date on news by checking our Convention website!

WFA Heads to San Diego County Fair

Join us for our Open House in the Paddock Tavern, June 18th, 5-7pm!

We’re heading to San Diego County Fair in Del Mar for several meetings, June 17 & 18th. First, our Industry Standards Committee will meet in the Native Diver room, 1-3pm, followed by a meeting of our Leadership Development Committee, 3:30-5:30pm. June 18th will kick off with the Southern Area/Service Member Combined Meeting, 10am-12pm in the Seabiscuit room. While we know that many service members are busy working the fair, we’ve had great turnout at these meetings and appreciate your input. A meeting of the WFA board will take place in the Board Room from 2-4pm, followed by our WFA Open House, 5-7pm, in the Paddock Tavern. Service members, please feel free to bring your favorite fair treats to share with the group!

Celebrate Fairgrounds Appreciation Month with us!

June 2015 celebrates year-round fairground use.
Western Fairs Association and the California Fairs Alliance are working to promote June as California Fairground Appreciation Month to raise awareness of the important role that the state’s 76 fairgrounds play in the year round lives of million of Californians. “Everyone understands fair time,” noted CFA Chair Cliff Munson, “but few, including many of our governmental leaders, realize the year-round impact of our California fair facilities.” The goal is to bring this message to the Capitol and throughout the State during the final month of deliberation of the State Budget which this year, for the first time in four years, contains more than $10 million in new funding for the fair network. Here are the highlights:

WFA Capitol Exhibit:


Assembly member Frank Bigelow stopped to check out WFA’s exhibit outside Governor Jerry Brown‘s office at the Capitol with staffers Liz Waxstein and Jessica Boudevin.

Starting on June 1 and continuing through June 8, CFA has produced a six-panel exhibit highlighting the contributions of fairgrounds in education, emergency services, charity fundraising and events celebrating diversity. The exhibit is just outside the Governor’s office, in a very high traffic flow area, and has been seen by virtually every legislator and key decision maker.


Assembly Joint Resolution 74: Assembly Member Frank Bigelow has introduced AJR 74, commending California’s fairgrounds for their service and positive impact throughout the state. AJR 74 is expected to be taken up for vote in the Assembly and Senate on Monday, June 8. Assemblyman Bigelow will introduce WFA President Troy Bowers on the Assembly floor to say a few words about the importance of California’s fairgrounds. 

Legislative Reception:
Assembly Member Bigelow will be hosting a “fair Fiesta” reception for legislators on Monday, June 8, to reinforce the message that fairgrounds are important year-round resources. WFA and CFA will be providing fair treats, fair fun facts, and the California State Fair will set up its “I love fairs” photo booth.

Media Campaign:

Allen Strategic will be launching a statewide media campaign upon the passage of AJR 74, targeting regions with special facts and quotes regarding the importance of fairgrounds in a wide variety of areas. We need all of our members to be ready to respond to any media requests.


Get involved:

We have created some handouts and suggestions for social media posts and it would be great if you could join in the celebration of California’s fairgrounds! The documents include some photos and fun facts about fairgrounds and events around the state.There are post suggestions highlighting different categories including education, animal adoptions, charity fundraising, and agriculture. 

Please check out the suggestions here! Use them at will, with the hashtag #LoveYourFair and any others that are applicable.
For instance, WFA will post one of the suggestions today for Throwback Thursday:

#TBT to @Jerry Brown and @Sutter Browns visit to the Colusa Farm Show

Important Dates:
June 15: The Constitutional deadline for passage of the State Budget, a budget that we expect will recognize the vital role fairs play in the socioeconomic fabric of California, that will begin infusing new funding into the fair network.
July 1: After approval by the legislature, Governor Brown has until July 1 to sign the budget and approve the funding for fairs.
July 1-31: Thank you month! We expect to be askingt all of you to thank your local Senate and Assembly Members, and Governor Brown, for supporting the California Fair network with much-needed funding!
We will keep you posted!

CA Fair Funding Moves Forward

CFA Chair Cliff Munson of Siskiyou Golden Fair, CFA Vice Chair Sarah Cummings of Sonoma-Marin Fair, WFA Hall of Famer Sandy Woods of Nevada County Fair and WFA President Troy Bowers of Amador County Fair stood up for fair funding at the Capitol on April 30, when the proposed funding in the 2015-2016 California State Budget was heard before Senate Subcommittee 2. Senators Lois Wolk (Chair), Jim Nielsen, and Fran Pavley passed the funding as written, with a continuous appropriation of $3.1 million to assist with fair operations and provide financial assistance to the state’s smaller or struggling fairs. Of that $3.1 million, $500,000 will be put toward training. The proposal also allocates $7 million for deferred maintenance. “It was a successful day at the Capitol,” noted Munson. “Our advocacy work over the last few years is really making a difference.” The funding proposal has now passed in Subcommittees for both the Assembly and the Senate.

Need To Know: CA BIT Program


Changes are coming to California’s Biennial Inspection of Terminal (BIT) program.  Based on Governor Brown having signed AB 529 last October, some key aspects of the program, including who is required to participate, will change. In addition to those WFA members already subject to the California BIT program, smaller vehicles and combinations as detailed in the California Vehicle Code 34500 (j) and 34500 (k), such as 2 axle trucks, or truck and trailer combinations exceeding 10,000 manufacturers gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) will be subject in the new 2016 regulations. Basically, California’s laws, which have long stood as an outlier from the rest of the United States, will be modified to closer mirror federal regulations when it comes to priority selection systems, methodologies and performance data analysis.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, California Highway Patrol is required to implement a performance-based truck terminal inspection priority system similar to that of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The new system will place priority on motor carrier terminals that have never before been inspected. As part of the new mandate, CHP must create a database to track performance-based information, such as accident information, citations, and roadside inspection history.

The new law mandates:

The department shall adopt rules and regulations establishing a performance-based truck terminal inspection selection priority system. In adopting the system’s rules and regulations, the department shall incorporate methodologies consistent with those used by the FMCSA, including those related to the quantitative analysis of safety-related motor carrier performance data, collected during the course of inspection or enforcement contact by authorized representatives of the department or any authorized federal, state, or local safety official, in categories, including, but not limited to, driver fatigue, driver fitness, vehicle maintenance, and controlled substances and alcohol use.

Though its meaning is changing from Biennial Inspection of Terminal program to Basic Inspection of Terminal program, the BIT acronym will remain.

Read the full bill text.

How does this help you?

One of the good things about the new legislation is that it does away with the mandatory terminal inspection every 25 months. Because inspections will be based on need, targeting poor performing companies for BIT audit, those who demonstrate good safety management practices are allowed up to six years between terminal inspections.

Some helpful links:

The FMCSA Education & Technical Assistance Program manual is a huge (literally – 162 pages) resource and provides several official key forms such as driver qualifications checklist, employment application, medical examiner’s report, driver’s daily log, and levels of inspection.

The FMCSA website provides information on federal regulations.

California Highway Patrol has an informative website. They also offer free educational safety seminars as part of the Commercial Industry Education Program.