In this issue:
    • Length of Service Awards - Deadline: This Friday, Dec 9
    • Convention - Registration Deadline: December 28
WFA's Barham Award is presented annually in remembrance of Hot Dog on a Stick Founder Dave Barham, and serves to recognize those Service Members who have demonstrated innovation, quality, and leadership in the field of service.
Congratulations to
Stilt Circus
WFA's 2016 Barham Award Recipient!

Stilt Circus elevates a familiar act to new heights, donning handmade, original costumes to portray over 200 characters. If that's not enough to choose from, Stilt Circus even offers to create custom costumes for any event. Over the course of a fair or festival, your guests are unlikely to see any costume twice.

"The photo opportunities and interaction with our guests
was beyond what we had hoped for.
Stilt Circus served wondrously as the face of our Fair!"

~ Barbara Quaid
Ventura County Fair CEO & WFA President

Stilt Circus will be recognized for this achievement during the
Industry Awards Dinner* at the WFA Convention & Trade Show in Reno.

*5:30 - 8:00 pm in the Reno Ballroom, January 18, 2017. Ticket required; contact Liz for details.

Named in honor of WFA's founder Louis Merrill,
this award is presented annually to those entries that
clearly demonstrate innovation, vision, and excellence.
As part of the selection process, five finalists are chosen to
present their projects* at the WFA Convention & Trade Show.
The winner(s) will be announced during the Industry Awards Dinner.**
"The tradition of excellence associated with the Merrill Award
is a reflection on the ingenuity of our industry,
which we are so fortunate to have in abundance.
No one is better at turning vision into reality than fairs,
and the Merrill Award recognizes those who do it best."

~ Stephen Chambers
WFA Executive Director

*10:00 - 11:15 am in the Reno Ballroom, January 18, 2017. This event is open to all delegates.
**5:30 - 8:00 pm in the Reno Ballroom, January 18, 2017. Ticket required; contact Liz for details.
County Museum Collaboration
The Big Fresno Fair
After the overwhelming success of the Big Fresno Fair Museum, the Big Fresno Fair partnered with Fresno County to create an even larger Fresno County Historical Museum on the fairgrounds. The new museum included a logging exhibit, indigenous artifacts, and a tribute to local sports heroes, among other treasures. The second-floor balcony serves as a VIP reception area over-looking the Paul Paul Theater, which itself is surrounded by refurbished neon signs from Fresno's vibrant past.
Step Right Up!
Marin County Fair
Local non-profit SchoolsRule-Marin partnered with the Marin County Office of Education and Marin County Fair to put on a fundraising event at the fairgrounds two days before fair opening. In addition to carnival games, over 500 attendees were treated to wine, dinner, and an evening of entertainment put on by the students of Marin County. From sponsorships, donations, and table and ticket sales, the event raised a net profit of $607,000, which will fund literacy, technology, health, and arts programs for Marin County schools.
Community Involvement Day
Nevada County Fair
Starting in 2014, the Nevada County Fair's Community Involvement Day provides local charities a chance to interact with the fair-going public a week before the fair opens. During this event, attendees are rewarded for their donations of food, books, school supplies, hearing aids, or eyeglasses with 'buy one, get one free' fair admission tickets; those who donate blood are provided with a free admission ticket. The event has handed out almost 2,300 fair ticket vouchers over the years and sold around 1,200 fair admission tickets through an on-site booth.
Community Inclusion Initiative
Orange County Fair
In cooperation with carnival Ray Cammack Shows (RCS), the OC Fair provides a private Fair experience for opening early one day to a limited number of guests with special needs, where they are able to enjoy the OC Fair without the pressure of crowds. Free admission and rides are provided, and guests have access to the Centennial Farm, competitive livestock exhibits, and petting zoo. This year, local police, fire, and sheriff's departments showcased ground and air vehicles for attendees to take pictures in the driver's seat. Additionally, OC Fair has incorporated 'We Care Wednesdays', where guests can bring donations in exchange for free fair admission and one free carnival ride.
Annual Fair Theme Program
San Diego County Fair
For 2016, the San Diego County Fair adopted the theme 'Mad About the Fair'; a fusion of 'Alice in Wonderland' and Steampunk. Themed experiences at the fair included flamingo golf croquet, costume contests, mascot meet and greets, a Steampunk 'Meet the Maker' exhibit, 'Tea Time in Wonderland, a 'Creative Youth' STE(A)M educational zone, a first edition of Lewis Carroll's novel, and a 22,000 square foot exhibit planned and built by fair staff. The fair saw a record attendance of 1,609,481 visitors, and 15.4% of guests surveyed responded that the fair's theme had a 'Big Influence' on their decision to come to the fair, over double the influence the fair's theme had on 2015 respondents.

WFA recognizes its members for their continuous service to the fair industry
beginning at 15 years of service and continuing in 5-year increments.
Recipients of Length of Service awards will be recognized at the
General Assembly, State of the Industry & Annual Meeting
opening session at the annual WFA Convention.*
Those in attendance as registered delegates
will receive a certificate and Length of Service pin.

Over 45 Service Members will be awarded a Length of Service award in Reno.
Thank you all for your continued service to the fair industry!

Fairs must notify WFA of eligible members by this Friday, December 9.

*10 am - 12:30 pm Monday, January 16, 2017 in the Reno Ballroom
Funding the WFA internship program and educational keynotes at Convention, the Blue Ribbon Foundation provides the future of our industry an opportunity to get involved and allows us to benefit from professional speakers like Jim Knight and Elisa Hays. Please consider donating either items or your expertise to be auctioned off at Convention, as the Live & Slient Auctions are the Foundation's most important fundraisers each year. All donations can be written off your taxes for their fair market value.

You can fill in the Auction Donation form Online


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