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"Being an IAFE member for the past six years has give me a vast amount of knowledge to bring back to my Fair and my community. I have learned through the many training opportunities that IAFE presents about bio-security and what steps to take in order to make the facility safe for our livestock, staff, exhibitors and Fair patrons."
"All of our staff members have taken the IAFE Consumer Protection workshop which is offered at the IAFE Annual Convention. The knowledge we gained in this class has helped us immensely to insure we were taking all the precautionary steps needed. Following the training, we invited Dr. Stephen Neel to come tour our facilities and give us his feedback. This was one step further in gaining more knowledge about consumer protection. This training has helped us immensely in many situations."
"The IAFE staff is always there to help its members, no matter the size of your fair. They are our voice! Their website has a vast amount of knowledge - log into Igniter and ask a question. We are all in this industry together, for the same purpose and Igniter is just one more resource to ask for ideas/and or help."
- Emily Grunewald - Red River Valley Fair Association, North Dakota
"The IAFE has helped me Excel my career by providing me with the tools and educational opportunities necessary to succeed in the Fair industry. The contacts I have made through my involvement with the IAFE and the networking opportunities that have been provided to me have proven to be invaluable."
-Nick Pelham, CVFM - Steuben County Agricultural Society, New York
“A leadership role in the Fair and Festival industry requires a unique and diverse skill set. Utilizing the assets and opportunities that are provided by the IAFE is the “one-stop-shop” for providing ways to keep informed regarding best practices in ticket management, facility use, not for profit tax law, board ethics, facility use, and the myriad of other challenges that each of us face daily. Whether you are new or have years of experience working at your Fair, learning from others and experiencing validation that you are doing things right, makes you and all those that work with you, better prepared to provide a high quality product to each customer.”
Marty Svrcek, CFE - Montgomery Agricutural Fairgrounds, MD
Individuals and organizations can be a member of the IAFE in the following categories:
Active membership shall consist of corporations, associations, societies, and departments of any national, state, province, county, or city government that operate an annual fair, show, exhibition, or exposition. Active members must have an annual celebration that incorporates agricultural exhibits, shows, or competition and at least two of the following activities: 1) youth programs, 2) commercial and/or education exhibits, 3) competition in the fine and/or home craft arts, and 4) a midway or entertainment area.
Associate membership shall consist of: 1) for a one-year introductory period, fairs and expositions outside the United States and Canada that are not active members; 2) annually scheduled events such as rodeos, horse shows, livestock shows, community celebrations, trade shows, etc., that do not meet the active membership definition of a fair or exposition; 3) agricultural, horticultural, livestock, and other associations whose purposes include the furthering of agriculture, industry, and community life through fairs; and 4) corporations, organizations, or individuals who provide services, entertainment, exhibits, concessions, equipment, or supplies to the fair industry.
Individuals currently associated with a fair, show, exhibition or exposition once involved with a fair, show, exhibition or exposition, as a staff member, board member or volunteer, who wish to maintain an affiliation with the Association. Affiliate members will receive their own directory, Fairs & Expos magazine, mailings, and e-mails that pertain to their particular areas of interest, or desire to serve on a Education Committee.
State and provincial associations of fairs, shows, exhibitions, and expositions duly organized within their respective state or province shall be members upon payment of dues as established by the IAFE Board of Directors.
Student members shall be individuals who are enrolled as full time students (carrying 12 or more hours per semester or equivalent academic period) in an accredited college, university or trade school with an interest in fair, exhibition, exposition or show management. An individual may be a student member for a total of four years. Student members will not have the right to vote in membership meetings but may serve on Association committees. Student members must attach proof of student status with the membership application, e.g., a letter from Registrar’s Office, copy of Student identification, or a transcript.