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Achievement Awards Program
As you move through the fair season, review the 52nd annual Achievement Awards Program Handbook, gather materials for entries and remember to take photos! Online registration (starting in August) makes entering a snap and Cal Poly Agribusiness students are available to assist in preparing entries. Fairs who didn't participate in last year's program will be reimbursed for entry fees thanks to several generous fairs. Remember, you must participate in the Achievement Awards Program to be eligible to receive the coveted Merrill Award. To receive updates and important information about the program visit the Achievement Awards blog run by Cal Poly.
2015 Convention, Call for Presentations

The WFA Professional Development Committee is calling for presentations for the 2015 Western Fairs Association Convention & Trade Show, January 11-14, at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. All members are invited to submit proposals for review. Topics can cover a broad range from marketing and operations to industry trends and creative management. The Convention also offers a wide variety of settings from whole room keynotes to workshops and breakout meetings. All topics are welcome for consideration.


This call is being issued to all members, WFA committees and industry partners in order to build the best and most relevant Convention program. Members are encouraged to submit a proposal for individual speakers, group efforts and hands-on training. Have a session topic you'd like to present at our premier event? Click here.


Want to recommend a program?

Perhaps you know of a fair or service member who does an outstanding job solving challenges, capturing an exciting trend or has other great skills that should be shared. Click here to recommend a program and our team will do the rest.

Convention Keynote Search

The Blue Ribbon Foundation and the Professional Development Committee are also seeking a compelling and relevant keynote speaker for the 2015 Convention. More than any other session, this presentation sets the tone for the entire conference. Click here to send your recommendation for the Convention keynote, and we will do the research.
Feature Fair Tour in Sunny Arizona

WFA President Pat Kress, PK Consulting, will accompany WFA members on a whirlwind tour of the Pima County Fair during the annual WFA Feature Fair Tour, April 23-25. Register now.

There's so much to see and do!

  • Enjoy multiple receptions, hosted meals with a chance to talk to key personnel, and even a tequila tasting at the fair's Cantina resturant!
  • Attend a Bret Michaels' concert and learn about the fair's entertainment strategy.
  • Go behind-the-scenes of the exhibit and entries departments, the Equestrian Center and see the inner workings of the RCS carnival.
  • Learn about the fair's master plan, future projects, and their recycling and composting programs.