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Tri-State Convention of Fairs 2018

Date: Nov 09 - Nov 10, 2018
Location(s): 
Red Lion Hotel - Cromwell - (860) 635-2000

Register

Convention registrations due by Friday, October 26, 2018 to avoid late charges
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Friday:

4- 7:00 PM Registration

3- 9:00 PM Trade Show Set-up

Dinner on your own

7:30 - 11:00 PM Hospitality room open

Saturday:

7:45 AM Registration opens

8- 8:45 AM Breakfast

Trade Show (until 4:30 PM)

MA Contest judging (All day)

8:45 - 9:00 AM Welcome, Program Overview, MAFA Business Meeting, CT Announcements, RI announcements

9 - 10:15General session –

Michael Bradley, California Mid-State Fair, Paso Robles

America's Top 10 Food Trends and Opportunities for Fairs

10:15- 10:30 AM Break - Visit the Trade Show, CT 50/50 Raffle and MA Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle

10:30 - 11:15 AM Workshops or Roundtables

A. New ideas in Competitive Exhibits, Bridget Burns, Marshfield Fair

B. Marketing Your Fair (Media 101) - Patrick McConnell, Two Guys in Jackets

C. Microchipping of animals (RFID), Donna Woolam, Eastern States Exposition

11:15 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch with speaker

Jeremy Parsons, Clay County Fair. Spencer IA

Take Care

1:00 - 1:45 PM Workshops or Roundtables

A. Biosecurity - Dr.Valerie Koenig, USDA

B. Digital Ticketing - Cost/Benefit, Joe DeLorenzo, North Haven Fair

C. Getting youth (4-H, FFA, etc.) to participate in our fairs beyond exhibiting (Roundtable)

2 - 3:00General session –

Jessica Gottsche, Northeast Council Coordinator, National Independent Conecessionaires Association

Concessions

3 - 3:15 PM Break - Visit the Trade Show, CT 50/50 Raffle and MA Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle

3:15 - 4:00 PMWorkshops or Roundtables

A. Pros and Cons of Solar Panels, Sean Neill, Energy consultant

B. Animal Pulling - Public Perception and Education, Fran Mason, Eastern States Exposition and Dr. Bruce Sherman CT Department of Agriculture

C. Open discussion - What's your problem or concern? - Jim Lamoureux, Wallingford Grange Fair and Karen Zagurski, Terryville Fair

4 - 4:30 PM Break - Last chance to visit the Trade Show, CT Raffle and MA Raffle

Refreshments and raffle winners posted in trade show area

5:00 Reception

5:30 PM Banquet and Awards

MA fair awards

CT fair awards

Photo contest

Premium book

Website

After banquet until 11 PM Hospitality Room open

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Convention Sponsors

Durham Fair
Platinum
Skyfire Productions
Platinum
Topsfield Fair
Platinum
ESE & The Big E
Gold
Fiesta Shows
Gold
Rockwell Amusements
Gold
Three County Fair
Gold
Variety Attractions Inc.
Gold
Washington County Fair
Gold
Woodmansee Insurance
Gold
Brooklyn Fair
Silver
Chester Fair
Silver
Cummington Fair
Silver
Spencer Fair
Silver
Woodbooger Demolition Derby
Bronze
Guilford Fair
Bronze
Middlesex & New Haven County 4-H Fair
Bronze
Wallingford Grange Fair
Bronze
Woodbooger Demolition Derby
Bronze
  • Variety Attractions

Overnight Room Reservations:

  • Red Lion Hotel Cromwell, Cromwell, CT
  • 100 Berlin Road, Cromwell, CT 06416 (860) 635-2000
  • Group rate available until October 19, 2018,. Subject to Availability
Mention CTAgFairs/Tri•State - Room rate $99/night plus taxes
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