Do You Want To Be In the 2017 DATE LIST?
Renew Your Membership Today!

Service Members have a strong voice in Western Fairs Association. With two previous service members serving as WFA presidents, three additional service members on the WFA Board, active division representatives and engaged committee members, service members are an integral force within our membership. We want to help you continue to make your voice heard loud and clear - and one of the best ways is in our premier publication, the Annual Date List and Membership Directory.

Renewing your membership allows you to make a difference in our organization and ensures access to your current benefits.

Check your mailbox! We sent out a renewal notice with your invoice. You can also renew online by following these easy steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Under Members, click MEMBER INFO & LOGIN
  3. SIGN IN with your Email and Password (Your password was emailed to you. If have trouble logging on, please call the WFA office at (916) 927-3100.
  4. REVIEW and UPDATE contact information. (This is the information that will be used in the 2017 Date List & Membership Directory)
  5. Enter and SUBMIT payment information

Ready to Rock?
WFA Convention has programming for You!

We strive to make WFA Convention & Trade Show an informative and valuable experience for all attendees. Our educational programming contains many sessions with information that could benefit fair-related businesses. In particular, you may be interested in:

Service that Rocks – How to Create a Differentiated Experience to Deliver Sustainable Results
Jim Knight, Knight Speakers
Jim Knight will act as the thought-starter for this interactive session that will highlight best practices to amp up the company’s customer service culture. The end-result of everyone who attends is to ultimately provide such unbelievable customer obsession about the “product” offering, that it influences consumers to come back for more.

A Survival Guide to Training Green Help
Courtny Conkle, Conkles Concessions   
A panel format session of service members on the do’s and don’ts of training temporary & seasonal help.

Minnesota State Fair – How it Works
Dennis Larson, License Administration Manager, Minnesota State Fair
Uncontested industry leader in per capita gross food concession income, Minnesota State Fair, explains why they go "against the grain" in the Fair Food World. 

Big Fairs, Big Issues
Presented by WFA’s Industry Standards Committee
Hear about the challenges and opportunities from decision makers and service members at some of the larger fairs.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 
Presenters will introduce engaging, in-depth exercises on the 7 Habits of Highly effective People. Participants will get their hands dirty as they develop a philosophy for success, set personal goals, and improve their relationships.

Building Safety Awareness Among Fairtime and Temporary Fair Staff     
Tom Amberson, Risk Manager, CFSA
It's no surprise that fairground risk exposures peak during fairtime. By establishing a proactive in-house safety awareness training program that reaches beyond permanent staff to include fairtime/temporary workers and volunteers, you can reduce workplace accidents as you build teamwork and accountability.

The WFA RECONNECT 2017 Convention Website is up and running with links to register, further details on programming and optional ticketed events.

On the website, you'll learn more information about our great keynotes including Opening Keynote and breakout session leader Jim Knight (left, who brought down the house as our closing keynote last year), and Elisa Hayes of Connecting Dots and Let's Pretend Entertainment, who will relay her lessons on how to live with impact after facing hardship and injury and coming back stronger than ever!

Don't Forget the Networking: WFA Convention 2017
Wine & Cheese, Showcase, Bowling, and More

The Western Fairs Association Convention & Trade Show will provide an opportunity to RECONNECT in Reno, Jan. 15-18. Along with the interactive Trade Show and informative educational programs, one of the most valuable aspects of Convention is networking!

Take it from Pam Shultz of Imagination Gallery:

"I've been attending conventions for 23 years.  When I first started, I attended the trade show only.  That is, I set-up, manned the booth, tore down, and went home.  Slowly, I began attending other events during convention...a session, bowling tournament, showcase, suite night, blue ribbon auction, networking luncheon, and awards dinners.  Now, it seems, the trade show booth is a reunion and most of my bookings take place during the convention.  Networking and getting to know the fairs and the staff you want to do business with, outside the trade show, is equally as important as exhibiting on the trade show floor."

She even has some tips about the popular Wine & Cheese Reception, hosted by Service Members.

"Consider being a host ($250 or $500) and serving wine to CEO's, fair staff, and business partners.  You are given two aprons with your company name embroidered on it (along with other free goodies), and you get to have fun, talk and joke with fair folks, and have a good time where you aren't selling.  This sure helps when on the Trade Show floor you aren't talking to strangers but can break the ice with 'Did you enjoy last evening?'"

Hosting this event provides the opportunity to pour wine, receive name recognition on wine glasses and aprons, and be featured in Fair Dealer. Click here to learn more about this opportunity.

From videos to full band performances and everything in between, our members have juggled, roped, serenaded and tumbled their way through routines and concerts in front of fair decision-makers throughout the years. The Showcase is always a Convention highlight, and we expect 2017 to be no different. Click here for more information about Showcasing. Video Showcase applications available here.

Blue Ribbon Foundation Auctions
The Blue Ribbon Foundation is critical to the success of Convention, helping to fund the internship program and educational keynotes. The Silent and Live Auctions remain the biggest fundraisers all year. Participate not only by bidding on items, but donate your expertise or goods to help support the cause!

Meeting & Open House Reminder - Come to Fresno!
Networking happens all year long

Mark your calendar for October 13!

There is a variety of fun networking opportunities at Big Fresno Fair on Thursday, October 13. Join WFA for a Service Member Meeting, a guided tour of the Big Fresno Fair and the county fair museums, and the WFA Open House in the Fair Museum.

The morning kicks off strong with a Service Member Meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the Turf Club.

At 2 p.m., we'll meet for the tour of the fair, followed by the County Museum Tour at 4 p.m. It all culminates in our WFA Open House event in the Fair Museum, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Also happening at the fair that day:

Canned Food Drive: Bring 5 cans of food for free gate entry (the WFA credential is accepted for gate entry)

Horse Racing: First post time is 1:15 p.m.

Concert: Paul Paul Theater, 7 p.m.The Offspring- The Offspring is a punk rock band formed in Huntington Beach, California, in 1984.

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