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Tri-State Convention of Fairs 2019

Date: Nov 08 - Nov 09, 2019


  • Due October 21st to Joan Buvarsky, 85 Margaret Henry Road, Danielson, CT, 06239 with payment. (Registration will be accepted up until October 25th but a $20 late fee per person will be assessed after the 21st.)
  • Remember to include everyone attending (Fair Representatives, guests, etc.)
  • Breakfast is at 7:30 AM for All Day & Business Guests.

Overnight Room Reservations:

  • Hartford Marriott Farmington
  • 15 Farm Springs Road, Farmington, CT 06032 – (800) 228-9290
  • Group rate available until October 25th, subject to availability.
  • Mention Tri-State Convention of Fairs when calling, or click here for rate of $105 per night plus taxes.

Trade Show & Sponsorship:

  • Notify all of your fair personnel, there is something for all departments at our trade show!
  • Sponsorships are available! – help us to provide great speakers and educational content that benefits all area fairs!

MA Raffle:

  • Bring an item(s) for the raffle.

Fair Marketing Displays:

  • Show off your fair by bringing items for fair marketing displays. (CT, MA, or RI)

After Banquet:

  • Don’t forget to collect your winnings from the Raffle!


4- 7:00 PM Registration Ballroom Foyer

3- 7:00 PM Trade Show Set-up Ballroom Foyer/Hall of States

Dinner on your own

7:30 - 11:00 PM Hospitality room open Presidential Suite


7:45 AM Registration opens Ballroom Foyer

7:30- 8:45 AMBreakfast Grand Ballroom

Trade Show (until 4:30 PM) Ballroom Foyer/Hall of States

MA Contest judging (All day) Ballroom Foyer

8:45 - 9:00 AMWelcome Grand Ballroom
Braiden Sunshine, National Anthem
MAFA Business Meeting
CT & RI Announcements
IAFE Zone 1 Update
Program Overview
9 - 10:15 General Session Grand Ballroom
Legal Issues for Champions of Animals
Linda Chezem, Indiana University

10:15- 10:30 AM Break Ballroom Foyer/Hall of States

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. Public Safety Salon F
Cliff Hedges, Eastern States Exposition
B. Appearance of your Grounds Salon G
Conrad Halberg, Heath Fair
C. Issues with Nonfood Concessions Salon H
Roundtable - Sandy Eggers - Brooklyn Fair

11:15- 12:00 PM Break Ballroom Foyer/Hall of States
Visit the Trade Show, CT 50/50 Raffle and MA Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle

12:00 AM - 145 PM Lunch with speaker Grand Ballroom
Crisis Communication Planning
Melinda Arnold, Fusion Link Communications, Springfield MO

2:00 - 2:45 PM Workshops or Roundtables
A. Collaboration with your Midway Partner Salon F
E.J. Dean - Fiesta Shows
B. Animal Identification Deadline and Premise ID's Salon G
Dr. Valerie Koneg - APHIS USDA
C. New Ideas/Old Problems Salon H
Roundtable - Jim Lamoureaux - Wallingford Grange Fair
2:45- 3:45 PM Break Ballroom Foyer/Hall of States
Visit the Trade Show, CT 50/50 Raffle and MA Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle

3:45 -4:30 PMWorkshops or Roundtables
A. The Changing Landscape of Social Media Salon F
Sarah Platanitis - Eastern States Exposition
B. Filling your Exhibit Halls Salon G
Joe DeLorenzo - North Haven Fair
C. Opportunities for Youth - Agriculture and Fairs Salon H
Jeanne Tippett - Hampden County 4-H Fair

4:30 – 5:00 PM Break Ballroom Foyer/Hall of States
Last chance to visit the Trade Show, CT 50/50 Raffle and MA Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle

5:30PM Reception Grand Ballroom

6:00 PM Banquet and Awards Grand Ballroom
CT fair awards
Photo Contest
Premium book
MA fair awards

After banquet until 11 PM Presidential Suite
Hospitality Room open
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Hartford Marriott Farmington - (860) 678-1000

Featured Speakers

Linda L. Chezem serves "of councel" at Foley, Peden, and Wisco in Martinsville, Indiana and holds an adjunct appointment at Indiana University's School of Medicine. She was the first woman appointed to a Circuit Court Bench in Indiana and the second woman to serve on the Indiana Court of Appeals. Chezem is a Professor Emerita at Purdue University's School of Agriculture. She owns and operates her family grain and beef farm in Clay County, Indiana.

Melinda Arnold is a Springfield, Missouri area native who is a senior communications professional with more than 25 years of nonprofit public relations, integrated marketing, and customer service experience. She taught for more than seven years as a per-course instructor at Missouri State University. Her expertise includes public and media relations, social media, and crisis communications. She is the owner and chief strategist of Springfield based Fusion Link Communications, specializing in comprehensive integrated traditional and digital public relations campaigns, organization crisis communication plans, media relations training and writing and storytelling.

Convention Sponsors

Skyfire Productions
Rockwell Amusements
Marshfield Fair
Durham Fair
Eastern States Exposition
Variety Attractions Inc.
Woodmansee Insurance
Spencer Fair
Topsfield Fair
Cummington Fair
Brooklyn Fair
Wallingford Grange Fair
Middlesex & New Haven County 4-H Fair
Littleville Fair
Westfield Fair
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