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Convention Schedule

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Sunday, January 20


Monday, January 21


Tuesday, January 22


Wednesday, January 23


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You can also download the full schedule for the 2019 Convention here


Sunday, January 20

9 am - 6 pm

Registration Open
Grand Salon

Pick up your badge, tote, and Date List - everything you need for a successful REMIX!

featuring Augmented Reality
Grand Salon
Sponsored by the San Mateo County Event Center

Unique to the WFA Convention, experience the talents of our Service Members like never before. Download the LifePrint mobile app to your phone and stand amazed as pictures come to life! Watch children’s performers make crowds giggle at fairs, see the latest menu lineup from successful food concessionaires, and observe strolling acts interacting with guests - all exactly as you’d see them at your event! When you see a company you’d like to do business with, you can record the video on your phone to send to your team, leave your business card, and get excited because you know you’re hiring the best!

Learn more about this new showcasing opportunity here
Achievement Awards Center Open
Carson 1 & 2
Sponsored by the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds

Come see the best in the West with binders, displays, and videos showcasing the 2018 Achievement Award winners. Vote for the photo that will go on the cover of the Spring Fair Dealer magazine!



10:30 am - 12 pm

IAFE - IFM #130: What does your Agriculture Competitive Programming Portfolio Look Like?
Jennifer Cannon, Competitive Exhibits Director, Iowa State Fair
Nevada 8

Have you taken a look at what your Agriculture Competitive Programming Portfolio looks like on your fairgrounds? Explore the basic components of Competitive Agricultural Programming. The instructor-led course, provided by the IAFE Education Foundation, identifies the value of successful competitive events, logistics, procedures, and effective exhibitor communication. Gain tools to improve your fairs Competitive Agricultural Programming.

1 - 4 pm

CPR Certification
Ticket Required - SOLD OUT!
CFSA Risk Control
Sierra 1 & 2

Put safety first. Become certified in adult CPR in a hands-on training course provided by California Fairs Services Authority safety members Lesly Wade and Chandler Wright. You’ll leave this course with a two-year certificate.
How to Support Your Executive for Collaborative Success!
Beth Wonson, Leadership Development Consultant
Ticket Required
Tahoe Room

This three-part program will bring Executives and Directors together, learning and understanding the challenges of each position. The collaborative working program will bring in Leadership Development Consultant, Beth Wonson, to facilitate conversation on communication between the Board and Executive and vice-a-versa. This program brings back the popular round table portion with topics to include: Succession Planning; How to Develop a Recruiting Document; Getting to know our Fair Business Partners; and Board Training at the Appointee Stage.
4 - 5 pm

California Fairs Alliance Open Forum
Crystal 5

This annual meeting of the California Fairs Alliance will provide updates on the year’s efforts, successes, and ongoing challenges, while also building the roadmap for a successful 2019-2020 legislative cycle.
5 - 6 pm

Young Professionals Initiative “Ment-A-Minute”
Young Professionals Initiative
Tahoe Room

A unique opportunity for young professionals to network with industry greats, the ‘Ment-A-Minute’ provides a round-robin meet-and-greet that will help prepare the next generation of fair industry leaders for their careers - and a successful convention! Making connections at this event will ensure you have friendly faces to connect with again and again throughout REMIX.

6:15 - 7:15 pm

Welcome to Reno
Grand Salon

Designed specially for those joining us for the first time in Reno, this event includes tips on getting the most out of your REMIX experience and a tour of the Grand Sierra Resort. Be among the first to experience our new Video Showcase Gallery featuring Augmented Reality!



6:15 - 7:45 pm

WFA Board, Committee Chairs, & Convention Sponsors Reception
Invite Only
President's Suite
Sponsored by Helm & Sons Amusements

New in 2019, WFA Leadership and Convention Sponsors will come together to celebrate the 2018 fair season and kick-off REMIX in style!
8 - 11 pm

WFA Bowling Tournament
Ticket Required - SOLD OUT!
GSR Bowling Lanes

The WFA Bowling Tournament is often referred to as the “unofficial kick-off” of our Reno Convention, and you’ll definitely want to be part of the fun! This event sells out every year so register your team of 4 today! Trophy presentations and door-prize drawings will take place after all participants have completed their second game; must be present to win. Enjoy meeting new friends, seeing old friends, a no-host bar, and lots of laughter and fun at this must-attend event at the Grand Sierra Bowling Lanes. Bowling is limited to registered convention delegates.

Hosted by the WFA Service Members with door prizes and cash awards provided by NICA Sysco Marketplace



Monday, January 21


7:30 am - 5 pm

Registration Open
Grand Salon

Pick up your badge, tote, and Date List - everything you need for a successful REMIX!

Achievement Awards Center Open
Carson 1 & 2
Sponsored by the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds

Come see the best in the West and vote for the photo that will go on the cover of the Spring Fair Dealer magazine!


7:30 am - 10 pm

Video Showcase Gallery feat. Augmented Reality
Grand Salon
Sponsored by the San Mateo County Event Center

Experience the talents of our Service Members like never before. Download the LifePrint mobile app and bring pictures to life!


Learn more about this new showcasing opportunity here

8 - 10 am

FREE COFFEE with Achievement Award Winners
Caron 1 & 2
Sponsored by UMS Banking

Get your morning caffeine fix while hearing short presentations from the fairs with the best ideas in the industry.


8:00 am - Interim Events: Marketing for Rentals with the Monterey County Fair
8:10 am - Cultural Marketing: Read to Ride with the California State Fair

8:30 - 9:45 am

Service Member Meeting
Sierra 1 & 2

Come together for the first meeting of 2019. Hear from each of the Division Representatives, discuss the 2018 fair season, and plan for the year ahead. Special Service Member convention programming will be covered, along with a walkthrough of the can’t-miss REMIX experiences!

Build a Brand Worth Billions
Cassie Roberts Dispenza, Senior Partnership & Marketing Director, Saffire
Nevada 7

Have you ever noticed how some brands are just more fun to follow? They “get you” with every ad and say the right things at just the right time, almost better than your last boyfriend. Their brand personality makes you almost hope they’re your NEXT boyfriend! So how do you make YOUR brand personality speak to your customers that way? Like any fine wine, it’s not something that matures overnight, but in this session we’ll cover the ins and outs of embracing the best your brand can be!

Creating & Implementing a Robust Strategic Plan
Miguel Santana, President & CEO, Fairplex/Los Angeles County Fair Association; Robin Engel, Star Insights Association
Nevada 10

LA County Fair/Fairplex's President & CEO, Miguel Santana and Robin Engel of Star Insights, will show the process that the LA County Fair Association went through in creating their new and robust strategic plan, as well as presenting the plan itself.

Fair Foundations: Legal Requirements, Governance and Opportunities
Carlene Moore, CEO, Napa County Fair & Fiesta
Nevada 8


Nonprofits in the United States have exploded in the last decade and the resources to serve them are vast. As the nonprofit arm of the fair that facilitates fundraising purposes, what legal requirements need to be met? How are foundations governed and how do they relate to the fair? How can you recruit, develop and foster a board that can accomplish amazing feats? What fundraising opportunities are available to foundations? Learn to take a fresh look at your organizational structure!

Preparing for Unexpected Spectators
Allyson Jones-Brimmer, Director of Industry Relations, Animal Agriculture Alliance
Crystal 3 & 4
Sponsored by Pacific Animal Productions

What would you do if an animal activist group showed up at your event? This session will show the tactics activists use at fairs, expos and events and what event organizers can do to prepare for that type of activity. Get background information on anti-animal use activist organizations and their missions. Hear examples of recent protests and disruptions and lessons learned. Learn how to talk to your exhibitors and how they can be best prepared for engaging the public at your event and get tips on helping exhibitors be prepared if a disruption occurs.

If You See Something, Say Something
Jesse Rangle,Supervisory Outreach Coordinator, United States Department of Homeland Security
Crystal 1 & 2
Sponsored by the Cow Palace

Informed, alert communities play a critical role in keeping our nation safe. As a member of the community you serve and as a leader bringing together communities, a crucial part of your job is to keep those individuals safe. One component of your safety strategy must include understanding and educating your staff and the public on the signs of suspicious activity and how to report it at your events. Join the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for a discussion about the "If You See Something, Say Something®" Campaign, the signs/indicators of terrorism related suspicious activity to be aware of, and opportunities to promote the campaign’s vigilance and reporting messages by partnering with the campaign.


Canceled due to government shutdown



10 am - 12:30 pm

Opening General Assembly, Annual Meeting, and State of the Industry
Reno Ballroom

Sponsored by @ the Grounds

Get ready to REMIX with WFA President Patricia Conklin, featuring live entertainment, the American and Canadian national anthems, WFA Annual Meeting, and State of the Industry addresses from our sister organizations. Then stick around for the much-anticipate keynote address by Mike Ganino!

StoryCulture
The Art & Science of Engaging Your Team, Customers, & Community
Mike Ganino, Company Culture & Engagement Expert
Reno Ballroom
Sponsored by Lori's Concessions, the Marin County Fair, CDFA Fairs & Expositions, and the Blue Ribbon Foundation

What stories are your employees telling about their job? What stories are getting passed down to new hires, fairgoers, and your community? What story are you telling about your fair’s culture? Stories aren’t something to be controlled, managed, or designed. They’ve got to be fueled. Fueled by the way your fair leadership designs the employee experience, fueled by the way your leaders lead, and fueled by how you approach the growing demand for a whole new way of work. Employee engagement is in high-demand and the organizations that know how to fuel great stories will be able to hire and retain top talent, thrill customers, and rewrite the story of their cultures.

Mike is a culture + storytelling expert who helps executives, teams, and thought leaders communicate, connect, and engage. He is the author of Company Culture for Dummies and has been named a top 30 Culture Speaker by Global Guru. His unique experience as a hospitality and tech industry executive combined with his years as an improv actor help his clients and audience craft the kinds of stories that drive their culture, boost results, and increase sales.

Join Mike for a hands-on session tomorrow at 9:45 am!

12:30 - 4:30 pm

WFA Trade Show
Summit Pavilion

Sold out for the 6th year in a row, the WFA Trade Show is THE marketplace for the fair industry. Sample tasty treats, pose with performers, and awww at the animals while finding the perfect fit for your fair. If you forgot your business cards, you can scan your badge at an exhibitor’s booth to provide them with your contact information! While you’re in the Trade Show, be sure to peruse the...

Blue Ribbon Foundation Silent Auction
Summit Pavliion

Thanks to our generous members, Day 1 of the Silent Auction offers up items from wine to vacation packages, with all proceeds going directly to the Blue Ribbon Foundation to fund training, educational scholarships, and professional services. Get what you want while giving back to the industry!




4:45 - 6 pm

Customer Service is a Priority: The Personal Touch Needs to Make a Comeback
Rebecca Desmond, Deputy Executive Director, CFSA
Nevada 10

Personalized Customer Service - It’s Baaaaack!Learn simple ways to create customer service excellence at your place of business by bringing back the personal touch and personal services.

Organizational Succession Planning – Are you Prepared for the Future
Kathy Kramer, CEO, OC Fair & Event Center
Nevada 6

With pending retirements, labor shortages and gaps in the talent pool, Organizational Succession Planning is one of the most critical issues facing organizations today. Recent surveys indicate that less than 50% of organizations have a plan in place to ensure they are prepared for this exodus of talent. This workshop will share the organizational succession planning “Playbook” created by the OC Fair & Event Center and the process they went through to create their plan.

Kulture City
Amy Belles, Head of KultureCity, Ohio
Nevada 8

650 million people live with a disability. Of these, only 20% have a visible disability. The majority have invisible disabilities like Autism.They look like you but perceive the world in a different way. Because of this, accessibility to the community can be challenging.As such, a lot of these individuals live a life of isolation not by choice but by circumstance. Accessibility changes this. Accessibility creates a new culture with stronger communities, acceptance, inclusion and a hope of a brighter future.Learn how Kulture City helps events create Sensory Inclusive (tm) spaces that provides universal accessiblity.

Trends in Mobile Food and Beverage
Nate Janousek, Fun Biz Concessions; Dominic Palmieri, Odyssey Foods; Nick Nicora, Spectra Foods
Crystal 5

Every industry has its trends and Mobile Food and Beverage is no exception.This session will focus on new food and beverage items, new ways to prepare food and beverage items, point of sales solutions, successful food and beverage promotions, and employee sourcing trends.If it is trending in the Mobile Concessions Business this will be the place to learn about it and discuss it.

Meet the Millennials Game Show
Young Professionals Initiative
Nevada 7

Join members of the YPI West Steering Committee for this interactive session where we’ll tackle the myths, misconceptions, and reality of how the new generation works, spends, and leads.


6:15 - 10 pm

President’s Reception
Sponsored by Comcast Spectacor
& Live Entertainment Showcase
Sponsored by the Pima County Fair
Reno Ballroom

Open to all! Everyone at REMIX will come together to celebrate the 2018 fair season while enjoying complimentary refreshments and the exciting performances from the best entertainers in the industry!

Visit with exhibiting fairs in this completely revamped REMIX event! Fairs from across our membership will have booths lining the walls of the Reno Ballroom, adding new excitement to our traditional event.

Be sure to stop by the photo booth for a memorable photo opportunity, and tag it with #FairFace on Twitter to enter Monday’s contest! On your WFA mobile app, open the menu on the top right side, tap #FAIRFACE, then tap #fairface on the top right to see everyone’s #Fairface tweets. Tap on a tweet to see the photo!

Then sit back and enjoy the tunes as we wrap up our night of networking with the Live Entertainment Showcase. These acts are hand-selected from a pool of applicants, so you know they’re going to rock! We only have one night of live showcasing this year, so this party’s the one to be at!


Tuesday, January 22


8 - 10 am

FREE COFFEE with Achievement Award Winners
Carson 1 & 2
Sponsored by UMS Banking

Get your morning caffeine fix while hearing short presentations from the fairs with the best ideas in the industry.


8:00 am - Interactive Farm Project: Farm at Sillyville with the Washington State Fair

8:10 am - Event within an Event: Goat Yoga with the Nevada County Fair

8 am - 5 pm

Registration Open
Grand Salon

Pick up your badge, tote, and Date List - everything you need for a successful REMIX!

Achievement Awards Center Open
Carson 1 & 2
Sponsored by the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds

Come see the best in the West and vote for the photo that will go on the cover of the Spring Fair Dealer magazine!



8 am - 7 pm

Video Showcase Gallery feat. Augmented Reality
Grand Salon
Sponsored by the San Mateo County Event Center

Experience the talents of our Service Members like never before. Download the LifePrint mobile app and bring pictures to life!


Learn more about this new showcasing opportunity here
8:30 - 9:30 am

Service Member Division Breakouts

  • Carnival...................................................McKinley Room
  • Commercial & Services/Supplies..........Shasta 1 & 2
  • Entertainment.........................................Sierra 1 & 2
  • Food & Beverage.....................................Cascade 1 & 2

Fair Area Meetings

  • Cascade..........................................................Nevada 6
  • Central Coast..................................................Nevada 9
  • Mother Lode....................................................Nevada 12
  • North Coast.....................................................Nevada 8
  • Sacramento Valley..........................................Nevada 11
  • San Joaquin Valley..........................................Nevada 10
  • Southern..........................................................Nevada 7
  • Arizona.............................................................Ruby 1
  • Oregon..............................................................Teton 1 & 2
  • States without WFA Board Representation...Whitney Room

9:45 - 11 am

Achievement Awards Featured Program Winners
California State Fair, Marin County Fair, Alameda County Fair Nevada 8

Hear from selected entries of our 2018 Featured Programs:New Cultural Program and Cultural Program Marketing.

Social Media 434: An In-Depth Look at Today’s Digital Landscape
Robert Smith, Robert Smith Presents
Teton 1 & 2

Are you still marketing like it’s 2003 or worse, 1994?
Never in the history of human beings has there been this kind of opportunity to communicate the stories of our brands and organizations. But, just like with every other communication shift throughout human evolution, there are those slow to pick it up. Robert will take this talk deep into the practitionership of marketing & story telling on the 6-8 social media platforms that dominate our attention.

The Disaster Response: Network & Fairgrounds, What's Our Role?
Becky Bartling, CEO, Sonoma County Fair; Stephen Kenny, CEO, Butte County Fair
Crystal 3 & 4

Fairgrounds have always played a significant role as a place for fire camps. But in recent years, we've been called upon to be more actively engaged in disaster response, such as human and animal evacuation centers and shelters. Are you prepared for the role as the 'property owner' that you may be called upon in response to a major disaster in your community? Learn more about the ICS/NIMS system, free training opportunities, and ask yourself, is there a more active role fairgrounds can take in disaster response? Can we create our own industry response teams to send when another fairground is activated as a site?

Lead with Story: Engage your Community with a Clear, Authentic, Values-Driven Message
Mike Ganino, 2019 WFA Convention Keynote Speaker
Crystal 1 & 2

Storytelling gives meaning to culture building initiatives like engagement and adds rocket fuel to marketing efforts. Great leaders are great communicators. Engagement starts with answering “why?” Storytelling speeds up the process: why others should care, why they should get on board, why it’s essential to make one choice over another. Without effective storytelling, these initiatives reduce to a series of tactics, where the whole is less than the sum of the parts.
Storytelling is not about presentation skills. Storytelling is a way of thinking. It empowers you to create compelling communication that drives understanding, and uses empathy to reach your audience. In this tangible and interactive session, you’ll uncover universal communication frameworks, as well as the guided practice in how to apply them.

H2B Visa / Temporary Labor
Greg Stewart, CEO, Central Washington State Fair; Ryann Newman, Owner, Ryann's Happy Day Pony Rides
Nevada 10

For nearly 20 years, many carnivals, concessionaires, and vendors in the US and Canada have relied on seasonal guest workers from outside the country to supplement their workforce, providing a safe, reliable and consistent guest experience at fairs and other events. Hear from a panel of fair partners that utilize the H2B Visa program and how the new labor laws have changed the way they do business.


11:15 am - 12:30 pm

General Session Keynote Speaker
Sponsored by the California Mid-State Fair
Reno Ballroom

Keeping it Fresh: Positive Change and Innovation Shape the Fair Experience
Becky Lunders, teamWorks

The fair experience is something most of us hold on to tight, as it reminds us of our childhood. The predictable elements of animals, rides, food, and vendors brings back found memories and sometimes resistance to change. It can be tricky to strike a balance between nostalgia of the past and innovation for the future. Keeping It Fresh will explore the need to look at the fair experience from the attendee’s point of view. We’ll explore opportunities to enhance the experience by anticipating what people want and need. We’ll brainstorm ways to engage people at every turn while providing customer service that is off the charts.


Becky honed her skills and developed the teamWorks philosophy while working for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. During her time at ACS, Becky oversaw the growth of the organization’s signature fundraising event from 24 events raising $4 million to more than 300 events raising $31 million. With that came an increase in donors, volunteers, brand awareness and mission impact. Many of those elements have also proven successful in the association space.

Join Becky for a break-out session at 3:45 pm today!

12:30 - 3:30 pm

WFA Trade Show
Summit Pavilion

Visit every booth and make every connection; the WFA Trade Show ends today! Come by the Coke Lounge to see if your key wins a wine cooler or kegerator! While you’re in the Trade Show, be sure to peruse the...


Blue Ribbon Foundation Silent Auction
Summit Pavilion

Thanks to our generous members, Day 2 of the Silent Auction will bring even more exciting opportunities to purchase the perfect item, with all proceeds going directly to the Blue Ribbon Foundation to fund training, educational scholarships, and professional services. Get what you want while giving back to the industry!


3:45 - 5 pm

Serving Seniors
Terry Moore, Director of Communications, OC Fair & Event Center
Nevada 8

There are over 70 million Baby Boomers in the United States - let’s get them to your fair! Success stories for getting our active Boomers to come to the Fair. How do we create programming that is not for “old” people, but connects authentically with this important core demographics?


Protecting Crowded Places: Secure by Design – Integrating People, Process & Technology to Enhance Safety & Security for Fairs & Carnivals
Peter Ashwin, Event Risk Management Solutions
Crystal 1 & 2

Crowded places are locations or environments which are easily accessible by large numbers of people on a predictable basis – the intrinsic nature of fairs and carnivals which aims to bring communities together. In today’s uncertain world, crowded places remain an attractive target for terrorists and home grown violent extremists.This session focuses on key design and operational principles to improve safety and security, and to reduce vulnerabilities of crowded places from credible security risks through case studies and concepts for risk-based protective security measures.


Making Fairs Affordable Again
Nevada 7

The rising cost of doing business from utilities and operating costs; to food prices and rents; to gate prices and ride prices; labor costs and government fees are all putting the Fair Guest Affordability at risk. WFA members are the stakeholders. Let’s engage and brainstorm solutions for a shared and real challenge for fairs, vendors and patrons alike.



Getting the Agriculture Commodity Community to Work for You!
Kady Porterfield, Agriculture Department Manager, Central Washington State Fair ; Dave Dillabo, CEO, Yuba-Sutter Fair; Laurie Johnson, Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau
Nevada 10

Fairs strive to educate the public about local agricultural commodities in their communities.What’s the best way to infuse agriculture into your fair?How do you work with your local resources to bring and showcase agriculture at your event?

Keeping it Fresh - Adapt to Change
Becky Lunders, 2019 WFA Keynote Address
Nevada 6

If we do what we’ve always done, the fair experience becomes predictable and possibly boring.One way to keep your fair fresh is to innovate.In this session, we’ll address how to: Balance the “we’ve always done it this way” mantra with new ideas; Anticipate what people want and plan accordingly; Engage the next generation of fairgoer and create the experience they are looking for.



5:15 - 7 pm

Wine & Cheese Reception and Blue Ribbon Foundation Live Auction
Sponsored by the Napa Valley Expo
Reno Ballroom

Hosted by WFA Service Members, come enjoy a complimentary glass of award-winning wine while you mix, mingle, and network with the who’s who of the fair industry. This year, we’ve added even more fun to the Wine & Cheese Reception by including the Blue Ribbon Foundation Live & Silent Auctions! The Foundation provides support for our keynote speakers, educational scholarships to the children and grandchildren of our members, and so much more. So grab a glass, peruse the Silent Auction, and gather for the excitement of the Live Auction to bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences and to support the industry we’ve chosen to call our home.



7 pm

Open Networking Night

Now’s the time to take the team out for a celebratory dinner! We’re providing the Open Networking Night so you can have the necessary meetings you come to convention for without missing any of our great programming.



Wednesday, January 23


8 - 10 am

FREE COFFEE with Achievement Award Winners
Carson 1 & 2
Sponsored by UMS Banking

Get your morning caffeine fix while hearing short presentations from the fairs with the best ideas in the industry.


8:00 am - Inspiring Collaborations: Tech Town with the Madera County Fair

8:10 am - Fair Theme: Block Party with the Plumas-Sierra County Fair

8 am - 5 pm

Registration Open
Grand Salon

Pick up your badge, tote, and Date List - everything you need for a successful REMIX!

Achievement Awards Center Open
Carson 1 & 2
Sponsored by the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds

Come see the best in the West and vote for the photo that will go on the cover of the Spring Fair Dealer magazine!


Enter the 2018 Achievement Awards here



8 am - 8 pm

Video Showcase Gallery feat. Augmented Reality
Grand Salon

Experience the talents of our Service Members like never before. Download the LifePrint mobile app and bring pictures to life!


Learn more about this new showcasing opportunity here

8:45 - 10 am

Hosting Cannabis Events on Your Grounds
Lori Ajax, Chief, Bureau of Cannabis Control; Rick Pickering, CEO, California State Fair; Mike Paluszak, CEO, Oregon State Fair; Kaitlyn Findley-Thorn, COO, Sonoma County Fair; Sameen Ahmad, VP of Events, High Times
Crystal 3 & 4

With the legalization of cannabis increasing throughout the western United States, fairgrounds are being used or considered for cannabis related events and shows.How do you work with your local law enforcement to bring this new form of revenue to your fairground?How do you handle public opinion, pro or con, regarding bringing these events to your community?Hear from a panel of fair staff and event promotors as they discuss the opportunities and challenges these new events present.

Current and Fresh Exhibits Design
Leslie Trasport, Exhibits Design Supervisor, OC Fair & Event Center
Nevada 8

Learn trade secrets, tips and logistics on turning hay bales and orange crates into innovative and current exhibits. Understand the importance of timeless and quality materials versus cheap and disposable materials. It’s the 21st century and it’s time to show it in your fair exhibits, even when telling a story of the past, present or future.

Youth Quality Care and Assurance
Lindsay Chichester and Paul Kuber, YQCA
Nevada 10

The fair industry has established and continues to revise consistent, statewide standards of livestock welfare and management practices for the junior livestock program. These standards will assure livestock product quality, food safety, proper bio-security measures and livestock competition that is educational, fair and ethical. Communication and coordination among the fair industry, livestock industry, youth educators and regulatory bodies will help to accomplish these objectives.

Strengthening Our Partnerships with Sister Organizations Creates Mutual Successes with Concessionaires
Michelle Card, Executive Director, NICA
Teton 1 & 2

The fair industry is a host to many mutually beneficial partnerships. In fact, some of our greatest, most creative partners are between vendors a fairs - a relationship that can help ensure our mutual bottom-line success, as well as enhancing the overall event experience for our attendees. Let’s expand the creative conversation of how to maximize the returns for everyone!

Yesterday’s Incident is Today’s Risk™: Risk Management Best Practices for Fairs & Carnivals in Today’s Uncertain World
Peter Ashwin, Event Risk Management Solutions
Crystal 1 & 2


As professionals in the fairs and carnivals events industry, we find ourselves operating in an uncertain world with evolving risks from homegrown violent extremism, cybersecurity threats, severe weather events, and competing programs within a saturated market. Today, more than ever, that fair and carnival operators should proactively embed an enterprise wide risk management approach within their organization to support risk based decisions in pursuit of opportunity and innovation, while protecting the organization and its mission from the potential consequences associated with adverse risk events or “shocks”. Organizers who have adopted a proactive approach to managing risk are organizationally more resilient, better prepared to respond, manage and recover from adverse events and possess a higher level of assurance that an appropriate level of duty of care has been considered and enacted for the safety and security of their event.

10:15 - 11:15 am

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

New this year, fair staff will have the opportunity to meet with others who share their job functions! With breakouts including Exhibits/Livestock, Marketing/Sponsorship, Facility Maintenance, Administration/Finance and more, there’s an event for everyone! Share struggles, suggestions, and solutions while youbuild your network that will continue to support you once you return home.


Executive Staff..........................................Nevada 8
Marketing/Sponsorship............................Nevada 11
Exhibits/Livestock/JLA............................Nevada 6
Maintenance..............................................Nevada 12
Accounting/BA’s /HR................................Nevada 7
Concession/Commercial Managers........Nevada 9
Foundation & Board Directors..................Nevada 10

NICA Membership Meeting
Teton 1 & 2

The National Independent Concessionaires Association West Council will host Jimmy Howell, Safety and Security Specialist who will share tips regarding personal, business and fair safety situations.The meeting will also include presenting 2019 Good Neighbor awards and Kim Barr’s CCE designation; NICA benefit updates including the NICA Sysco Marketplace; introduction of Executive Director,Michelle Card;introduction of NICA Current (Dan Lusenhop)and Upcoming(Kathy Ross) Presidents; and of course door prizes.Together We Can!


11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Leadership Luncheon & Merrill Award Finalists Presentations
Ticket Required
Reno Ballroom
Sponsored by Fairplex

A breakout hit at last year’s convention, the Leadership Luncheon is the place to be for those who are looking to take on industry leadership roles. WFA President Patricia Conklin and President-Elect Judy Carrico will introduce your 2019 WFA Committee Chairs, who will share their vision for the year ahead and offer you a seat on the committee of your choice. The event will conclude with presentations from each of the finalists for the coveted Merrill Award, including lessons they learned from their project and guidance on how to duplicate their success at your fair.


California Mid-State Fair: Hands on Farming exhibit
Central Washington State Fair: Fair Farm Building
Lake County Fair: Adopt the Fair program
Marin County Fair: One for All and All for Fun! theme
Stanislaus County Fair: empowHER Lounge

1 - 2:15 pm

Round Tables

Join WFA’s industry partners for interactive sessions designed to answer the questions you have about your fair or business. Ranging from finance to technology, these small group discussions always lead to “A-ha!” moments.

Coffee, Cookies, and Credit Card Processing
Suzanne Haas and Chris Lake, UMS Banking

Bring a current merchant statement for a Starbucks $5 gift card. We will help you to understand your statement. Cookies included for all.
Facebook 101
Angel Moore, Alameda County Fair

Learn the ins-and-outs of building a successful Facebook page!
Idea-A-Minute
John Steffanic, Plumas Sierra County Fair

Rapid fire ideas to help stimulate creativity and problem solving!
Filling Your Offseason for Service Members
Karen Quest, Giddyup Productions

Share ideas on how to expand your market to schools, libraries and corporations when the fair season ends.
Insurance for Western Fairs Association Members
Craig Huft, WSR Insurance

Learn about all of the insurance options available to all WFA members – Life insurance, health insurance options, General and Liquor Liability, Commercial Auto & Trailer insurance, and Workers Compensation!
Creative Displays
Charlie Barboni, Marin County Fair

Fifty ways to display exhibits on a budget

2:30 - 3:45 pm

Shopping for New Year-Round Events
Justin Aquino, Fair Manager, San Mateo County Event Center; Candice Browning, Event Sales Supervisor, Alameda County Fair
Crystal 5

Your fair doesn’t have to be your sole revenue stream. Interim events held throughout the year can greatly increase your visibility in the community and provide extra income. Learn the art of negotiating to achieve extra dollars and tougher contract must-haves to ensure clients follow facility rules. Take a fresh look on how your fairgrounds can be used and who to market to. The important who, what, why and how questions will be answered in this timely session.


Best Practices Experienced at Fairs
Presented by WFA Industry Standards Committee and NICA West Council
Nevada 7

The P.R.E.P. concept (Patrons, Respect, Ethical, and Participate) is based on the most current WFA Best Practices Guidelines. WFA Service Members and Fair Staff Members will share some of their favorite “best practices” stories based on these concepts. Session will also announce 2019 focus on developing Fair Evaluation and Communication Committee guidelines and procedures. Come learn new ideas to put into practice.


Bringing Technology to the Fairs
Alan Phillips, CEO, Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta; Tiffany Burrow, Assistant Manager Community Outreach, Alameda County Fair; Vanessa Scheider, Exhibits Supervisor, Napa Town & Country Fair; Dawn Stornetta, Stornetta Livestock Services; Chris Pickering, Communications Director, Western Fairs Association
Nevada 11

We could save so much more time and money if we just knew more about the technology that surrounds us. What types of technology can help fairs operate more smoothly? What types of technology can breathe new life into your fair? This session boils it all down to the most helpful websites, software, tablets and apps that you need to know about.


Making Your Fair Work for the Community
Michele Richards, VP Business Development, OC Fair & Event Center
Nevada 10

Giving back to your community is not only the right thing to do...it’s the smart thing to do. Learn the basics of growing your own community give-back program with examples of easy and inexpensive ways to make a big impact.

H2B Visa User Information
James Judkins, JKJ Workforce
Nevada 8

Numerous fair partners have participated in the US Department of Labor’s (DOL) H-2B visa program. The recent shift to hire American workers for seasonal industries presents critical fiscal challenges due to wage hikes and regulatory scrutiny for compliance by the federal government and worker advocacy groups. This session will cover H-2B litigation and a lobbying update, industry wage surveys versus DOL prevailing wages, and best practices for midway operations. Hear directly from the agencies that help you book your H2B seasonal workers.


4 - 5:15 pm

Service Member Gathering
Nevada 7

WFA Service Members will come together one last time at REMIX to recap their experiences and plan for the year ahead.


5:15 - 6 pm

Industry Awards Photo Op
Grand Salon

Pick up your awards and bring your friends; this is your chance to pose in front of the WFA Step-and-Repeat for the REMIX red carpet experience.


6 - 8 pm

Industry Awards Celebration
Ticket Required
Reno Ballroom
Sponsored by the Alameda County Fair
Ray Cammack Shows
Big Fresno Fair
Butler Amusements
Hot Dog on a Stick

The culmination of our week in Reno, the Industry Awards Celebration and Dinner features presentations of the Barham Award for outstanding entrepreneurship, the Merrill Award for innovation and vision in fair management, and the WFA Hall of Fame award honoring individual commitment and service to the fair industry. The event will conclude with the installation of WFA Board Officers and a message from President-Elect Judy Carrico.


8:30 - 11 pm

Suite Night

Attend one of the many after-parties hosted in suites throughout the hotel.

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