From the President
This year (2016) got off to a great start with a great convention despite the weather. Twenty three Georgia Fairs and seven from South Carolina coupled with nine carnivals and fifty-one additional associates rounded off an attendance of 402 people. Our trade show grew by three additional booths bringing that number to fifty-one.
We were extremely pleased with the hotel and staff this year. The additional space in our banquet meeting room was well received and the staff bent over backwards to make our stay an enjoyable one.
As to the weather, it played some havoc on our trade show and kept our Scholarship winner, 4-h and FFA representatives from attending. The entire north Georgia area was under a weather alert warning with state and local emergency service personnel called in for special standby in the event the weather worsened. That being said our educational programs, networking and social programs went undeterred.
The Miss Georgia Fairs banquet was fun for all and our auction was very successful. The time is now for initial planning for a successful fair season. Your 2016-2017 Georgia Association of Agricultural Fairs’ Officers and Directors are standing by to assist you in any way we can. Finally, if you are still looking for a carnival or acts and entertainment for your fair be sure to utilize the services of our 2016 Associate Members.
Best wishes to all as we approach this year’s new Fair Season.
Hilda Thomason, CFE