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Service Member Benefits

At WFA, we recognize that our Service Members are a vital part of what makes fairs great. So we're pleased to offer benefits that meet your needs and connect you with the resources necessary to grow your business.

Networking and Educational Opportunities

  • Annual Credentials: The Western Fairs Association credential allows free gate entry into 95 percent of member fairs.
  • Convention, Trade Show and Showcase: WFA's premier event connects more than 1,200 fair CEOs, directors, staff and fair-related professionals in one convenient location. From Trade Show and Entertainment Showcase to nightly receptions and educational sessions, you won’t want to miss this annual event. As a member, discounts apply.
  • Open Houses: WFA hosts Open Houses at the California State Fair, the San Diego County Fair and one or more fairs located in other states in the West. These events are open to members and those interested in membership, and are intended as a networking opportunity for fair staff, service members and local dignitaries in a relaxed environment.
  • Feature Fair Tours: Take your learning on the road and participate in the annual Feature Fair Tour. Each year, Western Fairs Association selects one fair-in-progress to tour. The two- to four-day event allows you to get acquainted with all aspects of the fair, members from other divisions and staff members from other fairs, while enjoying behind-the-scenes tours of the featured fairs’ best.
  • WFA Meetings & Mixers: Join other industry professionals to discuss the latest news in the fair industry at various fairs-in-progress.


  • Date List & Membership Directory: A comprehensive listing of fair dates, key decision-makers and businesses produced annually. This premier publication lists fairs alphabetically and businesses by division—making it easy to plan your fair route. Considered the ultimate reference, the Date List & Membership Directory also serves as an excellent advertising opportunity available only to members.
  • Mini Date List & Membership Directory: A condensed version of the Date List & Membership Directory listing fairs by state as well as festivals, fair associations, fair foundations and government agencies—a vital travel companion for fair professionals.
  • Fair Dealer Magazine: A quarterly magazine mailed to more than 1,500 fair industry CEOs, directors, staff, board members, associations, government regulators and fair-related businesses. This magazine features must-read articles on the latest industry happenings, fair wraps, profiles of industry figures, editorials from key leaders and new member business listings.

Website and Social Media

  • WFA Website: Stay up-to-date on WFA activities, view fair dates, find industry events, locate service members by company type in the Business Directory and review the latest information from the California Fairs Alliance. Certain areas only available to members.
  • Newsletter: Sent the second Tuesday of every month, the WFA e-newsletter reaches more than 2,000 members, nonmembers, fair CEOs, directors, VIPs and service members.
  • Facebook and Twitter: Get a behind-the-scenes look at WFA. Receive daily or weekly updates on industry news, upcoming meetings, new members and travel schedules.
  • Mobile App: Everything you need, right in your pocket! Even when there's no cell service, you'll have access to fair dates, business contact information, newsletters, and California legislative updates

Legislative Advocacy


  • Logo: Let your business partners know you are a Western Fairs Association member by utilizing our logo on your company letterhead, website, business cards and other promotional items.
  • Advertising: There are a number of advertising opportunities available to members at a discounted rate. New members receive a 10% discount on their first ad order within 3 months of joining!

Award Programs

  • Barham Award: The prestigious Barham Award, presented in remembrance of Hot Dog on a Stick founder Dave Barham, recognizes innovation, quality and leadership in the Service Member Division.
  • Hall of Fame: The Hall of Fame honor is presented to an individual whose dedicated efforts have enriched the tradition of fairs and encouraged the professionalism of the industry as a whole.
  • Blue Ribbon Award Program: This industry recognition program allows fairs to show their appreciation of individuals or organizations who have volunteered their time and energy in support of their fair.

Your Voice Matters

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Return to the Service Member Application and start receiving your benefits today!

Service Member meeting at the 2017 Kern County Fair 

from the 2018 WFA Convention

"WFA has many benefits, from networking to keeping an eye on industry relevant political action, they really stand up for those associated with the fair industry."
Trade Show Exhibitor

"Great way to network."
Service Member

"Being part of the WFA family is the best! Whether you're visiting in person, checking out Facebook, or working a fair together... ideas are shared, encouragement abounds, and unconditional help is always given!"
Trade Show Exhibitor

"I/my company, have been a member of WFA since 1982 and this was my 36th Convention. There have been many changes in 36 years and WFA has grown into an organization which works with and helps ALL of its Membership. I love the fairs and the fair family. I believe in WFA and tell everyone they should be a member. Thank you WFA and Stephen Chambers for many wonderful years."
Service Member

"I enjoy the team at WFA and the Convention and Tradeshow!"
Trade Show Exhibitor
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