In this issue:
    • Committees - Get Involved with WFA
    • IAFE Convention - Visit the WFA Trade Show Booth
    • Blue Ribbon Auction - Donations Needed
    • RECONNECT - 2017 WFA Convention & Trade Show
New Members       • Mark Your Calendar        • Interns

Every year at the WFA Convention & Trade Show, we install the coming year's officers of the WFA Board of Directors. As we are fast-approaching our January get-together, the WFA Board has selected the industry leaders who will be guiding us through 2017. 

  • President-Elect: Joe Anderson, Napa Valley Exposition CEO
  • Vice President-Elect: Patricia Conklin, Dixon-May Fair CEO
  • Treasurer-Elect: Judy Carrico, Alameda County Fairgrounds Fair Manager

Join outgoing WFA Board President Barbara Quaid in welcoming our new Board officers at the Industry Awards Dinner in Reno, Wednesday, January 18.

To reserve your seat at the Industry Awards Dinner, contact Liz.
Get In On the Action!

Want to play a part in guiding the fair industry? By joining a WFA Committee, you'll contribute to the vision and direction for Western Fairs while networking with other active members. There are currently opportunities in the following committees:

  • Achievement Awards
  • Ag Council
  • Industry Standards
  • Leadership Development
  • Professional Development
  • Showcase
  • Cal Poly

Interested in joining a committee? Contact WFA or President-Elect Joe Anderson to get connected.

Want more information? Visit the Committees page on the WFA website to read about each of the committees. 

Unsure which committee is right for you? Join us for WFA Committee Speed Dating! During the WFA Convention & Trade Show in Reno, the Committee Chairs will host an opportunity for you to learn about each committee and ask questions, ensuring you join the perfect committee for you. WFA Committee Speed Dating will take place at 5:15pm on Tuesday, January 17.
November 27 - December 1
Paris Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada

Be sure to visit the WFA Trade Show booth at the upcoming International Association of Fairs & Expositions Annual Convention in Las Vegas! This is one of the largest networking events in the industry, and the team at WFA is looking forward to participating in the Trade Show. So keep an eye out for us and drop by our booth to say 'hello!' We'll see you in Vegas!
The Blue Ribbon Foundation is critical to the success of Convention, helping to fund the internship program & educational keynotes. The Silent & Live Auctions remain the biggest fundraisers all year. Please consider donating your expertise or goods to help support the cause.

You can fill in the Auction Donation form Online


Click here to download it

The countdown continues as we prepare to RECONNECT in Reno, and it's time to plan your journey! Check out the updated convention website for all of the information you'll need to get the most out of the 2017 WFA Convention & Trade Show.

Not registered yet?

Already registered?

Book Your Hotel Room

Hotel rooms at the Grand Sierra Resort are available for RECONNECT Reno 2017! We've been able to secure a great room rate of just $69 per night! The rate is valid for reserved nights January 12-22. Registration for our special room block closes Dec. 28!

It has come to our attention that members are being reached out to by companies to book hotel rooms for Convention. These are a scam and are in no way affiliated with WFA. In order to secure your room through WFA, use the above link.

Plan Your Schedule

View the full convention schedule and choose which events you'll attend each day. Be sure to register for any special programs you'll be participating in!


Food & Beverage

Pacific Crest Concessions


Carrie Cunningham Band
Robots and Cars Entertainment (RACE)
Wool Busters / Legendary Longhorns

Service & Supplies

Caravel Marketing, Inc.

Mountain Photo and Graphics

Ribbons & More

Mark Your Calendar

IAFE Convention
November 27 - December 1
Paris Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada

WFA Convention
January 15-18
Grand Sierra Resort
Reno, Nevada


The Blue Ribbon Foundation is pleased to offer a unique and exciting opportunity for a few enthusiastic college students to serve as interns at WFA's annual convention in Reno January 15-18!

1776 Tribute Road Suite 210, Sacramento CA 95815-4495