We invite you to join our association of exceptional fairs by becoming a member of the Georgia Association of Agricultural Fairs. Your membership investment in GAAF provides both fair members and associate members with a variety of valuable benefits and services.
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We provide educational and networking opportunities for our membership and is a primary focus of the Association. The GAAF Annual Convention is held in January in Atlanta and is the highlight of the association's activities. Educational workshops and roundtable discussions give participants the opportunity to share information, ideas and experiences. Each year the Convention program features some of the most respected fair and event professionals from across the country presenting topics that are of interest to fairs of all sizes. Many topics are determined through surveys completed from our membership.
We also look for sponsorship of other educational opportunities and hope to begin a Workshop Series of on-line educational topics for the fair industry and will be available exclusively for our members.
ANNUAL TRADE SHOW
A highlight of the GAAF Annual Convention is our Annual Trade Show, featuring dozens of exhibitors who supply goods and services to fair and event planners. Entertainers and suppliers are on hand to demonstrate their goods to the attendees at the annual event and many have the opportunity to showcase and "strut their stuff" first hand for the many potential buyers.
DISCOUNTED ADMISSION AT MANY FAIRS ACROSS GEORGIA
Everybody loves to visit other member fairs! With your GAAF membership card you can receive discounted admission at many fairs across Georgia. Behind-the-scenes tours are provided for GAAF members at many fairs across the state and provide an opportunity for seeing first hand the successes and ideas of other fairs. Members may have the opportunity to see all aspects of real-time event management such as cash handling, ticket and gate operations, livestock exhibits, food concessions, carnival safety and much more.
GAAF SCHOLORSHIP PROGRAM
GAAF is committed to our Georgia youth and that commitment is demonstrated through its scholarship program. The annual Charles Inman Honorary Scholarship is sponsored by the Tucker family of Dixieland Carnival Company LLC and GAAF member fairs can each nominate a student for possible selection as the annual recipients of a $2,000 scholarship.
STRATEGIC CONNECTIONS IN THE FAIR INDUSTRY
In addition to supporting our membership from within, GAAF works hard to represents its members by joining and creating partnerships and communication links with national, international and state associations as well as related partners. We also work to develop legislative channels through which related legislation that affects our industry is determined.
A primary strength of being a member of GAAF is the communication channel we create among our members. Our communication program is designed to share information about emerging event planning trends, create revenue opportunities, and update our members20on upcoming events and opportunities.
Our website provides GAAF members access to real-time information and association activities. Members can download registration forms, event schedules and useful articles with just the click of their mouse. The website also features a calendar of events to promote our member fairs and events to patrons.
This annual directory and calendar of events links our members and serves as a valuable resource guide and business prospecting tool.
Fair and Event News
GAAF uses e-mail alerts to update the membership on everything from upcoming association activities to job postings.
RECOGNTION AND AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
The Georgia Association of Agricultural Fairs strives to promote the professional standards and business practices of its members and continuously maintain its high code of conduct. The association prides itself on recognizing and rewarding cutting-edge ideas and the professional men and women who work in this exciting industry.
Georgia Fairman of The Year Award
As GAAF's highest honor, this award inducts those who have exceeded the expectation of those around them and shined brightly as an example of dedication, integrity and professionalism in the Georgia fair industry.
Friend of Fairs Award
At the Annual Convention, two members are recognized for their tireless service and exemplary commitment to their events and to our Association.
Marketing Awards of Excellence
GAAF will honor the brightest and best in its annual Marketing Award of Excellence Contest. Promotional materials may be submitted from our member fairs in two categories to be judged by a panel of marketing experts and the best print advertisement and web-site are recognized annually at the GAAF Annual Convention.
We have an established speaker's bureau which allows our members to share resources and assist each other when needing to have a speaker for a specific topic.
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