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We would like to thank our sponsors for helping us put on the 2018 Georgia Association of Agricultural Fairs convention.

 

 

Concessions by Cox (Concessions)
Dixieland Rides (Carnival)
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Fusion Talent Group (Entertainment)
James H. Drew Expo. (Carnival)
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Peachtree Rides (Carnival)
Reithoffer Shows (Carnival)
The Best Around (Concessions)
Variety Attractions (Entertainment)
Coastal Empire Fair
North GA State Fair
All Star Tents & Events

2017 Convention News

 

Greetings to all from the South Carolina Association of Fairs!


South Carolina is excited to host the joint convention of the South Carolina Association of Fairs and the
Georgia Association of Agricultural Fairs, January, 26-29, 2017. This event will be held at the Embassy Suites in
Greenville, SC and will mark the first South Carolina hosted joint convention of the two associations in the
state of South Carolina!


We are thankful for this opportunity and are planning an exciting convention this year that will include a
tradeshow, IAFF sponsored speakers, workshops, showcase opportunities and more.


The SC Association of Fairs would like to invite you to be a part of the fun and become a tradeshow exhibitor.
We appreciate all of our associates so very much and know we could not do what we do without your vital
support. This year, we are not only working to bring a great program to all but are putting extra effort into
recognizing all of our partners. We have some "fun and interesting" things planned for the tradeshow - and
more!


Below you will find a link to our registration form, including all necessary information relating to the tradeshow.
Tradeshow setup will be held Thursday, January 26, with teardown Saturday, January 28th. Please let Amanda
know (contact information below) should you have questions.


You will also find below a link to the information regarding various partnership levels and opportunities. lf you are interested,
please complete the included form and mail to Amanda Dennis, Secretary, South Carolina Association of Fairs,
5328 Springfield Road, Williston, S.C, 29853. Forms may also be filled out, scanned and emailed to
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can register/pay online through our website www.scfairs.org.


Thank you for your support of our great industry. We look forward to seeing you at this year's joint convention
in Greenville, SC!

 

South Carolina Convention Information

 

2017 Georgia Associate Membership Form

2018 Convention News

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 105th Annual Convention Georgia Association of Agricultural Fairs

Joined by the South Carolina Association of Fairs

January 25-27, 2018 – Crown Plaza Perimeter Hotel

TENTATIVE PROGRAM                                                                                        TENTATIVE PROGRAM

Thursday, January 25, 2018

11:00 am – 12:00 pm      Pre-convention GAAF board meeting (Ashford Room)

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm          Registration (Near hotel gift shop)

 

6:00 pm                           Dinner/Auction (Doors open 6:00 pm, Dinner @ 6:30 pm)

                                         Ticket required (Ravinia II Ballroom) Sponsored by _______________________

                                         Welcome:  GA President Michael Lariscy & SC President Paul Winters

                                         Invocation:  Skip Nichols, Exchange Club Fair of SW Georgia

                                         Auction sponsored by Reithoffer Shows

                                         Auctioneer Introduction: Sandy Mercer, Washington County Ag & Youth Fair

                                         Auctioneer: Joe Meeks, Washington County Georgia

                                         Line dancing and slow dancing invited after auction with music by Leon Jacobs

Friday, January 26, 2018

 

7:30 am - 12:00 pm       Trade Show Move-In (Pre-function Area)  

                                       Coordinators:  Bill Jones, Chuck Hyatt

8:00 am  - 4:00 pm       Registration Open

8:00 am                         Breakfast Buffet, Ticket required, (Ravinia II Ballroom)

                                       Sponsored by Peachtree Rides

                                       Invocation: Bill Jones, Area 8 Director GAAF

8:45 am - 9:45 am        Morning Session (Ravinia II Ballroom)

                                       Program Introduction:  GAAF President Michael Lariscy or SCFA Past President Nancy Smith               

`                                      Keynote Address “Perception is Reality” by Roxie Mayberry, formerly with Alaska State Fair,

                                       Sponsored by: The Coastal Empire Fair, Savannah, GA

                                               

9:45 am – 10:00 am      Break

10:00 am - 10:45 am     Workshops (will be repeated at 11:00 am)

                                        1. Don’t get stuck with all your eggs in one Basket (Fair Promotions and Advance Ticket Sales, Tod Miller, North GA. State Fair

                                         (Dunwoody A Room) Sponsored By:The Best Around

                                        2. Volunteers, Plans, Pitfalls, and Best Practices, Marla Calico, CFE, President/CEO, International Association of Fairs and Expositions

                                         (Dunwoody B Room) Sponsored by: Famous Gabbys

                                        3. Creating a sustainable sponsorship Program, Roxie Mayberry,

                                       (Dunwoody C Room) Sponsored by Jayson Promotions

                                       4. Fairs Giving Back to the Community, Nancy Smith, SC State Fair, Jerry Pitts, Coastal Carolina Fair, Skip Nichols, Exchange Club Fair

                                       of Southwest, GA and Michael Lariscy, Coastal Empire Fair. (Camelia Room) Sponsored by: Concessions by Cox

10:45 am – 11:00 am    Break

11:00 am - 11:45 am    Workshops  

                                       1. Don’t get stuck with all your eggs in one Basket (Fair Promotions and Advance Ticket Sales, Tod Miller, North GA. State Fair

                                        (Dunwoody A Room) Sponsored By: The Best Around                   

                                       2. Volunteers, Plans, Pitfalls, and Best Practices, Marla Calico, CFE, President/CEO, International Association of Fairs and Expositions

                                        (Dunwoody B Room) Sponsored by: Famous Gabbys

                                       3. Creating a sustainable sponsorship Program, Roxie Mayberry,

                                       (Dunwoody C Room) Sponsored by Jayson Promotions

                                       4. Fairs Giving Back to the Community, Nancy Smith, SC State Fair, Jerry Pitts, Coastal Carolina Fair, Skip Nichols, Exchange Club Fair

                                       of Southwest, GA and Michael Lariscy, Coastal Empire Fair. (Camelia Room) Sponsored by: Concessions by Cox

12:00 pm-1:00 pm         Luncheon - Ticket Required, (Ravinia II Ballroom) Sponsored by: James H. Drew Expositions

                                       Invocation: 

 

1:00 pm-1:20 pm………… Showcase sponsored by Variety Attractions

1:20 pm-1:40 pm………… Showcase sponsored by Fusion Talent Group

 

1:45 pm - 5:00 pm         Trade Show is Open – Take a leisurely look at available entertainment for your fair

                                                         No educational programs to interfere (Pre-function Area)

 

DON’T FORGET TO VISIT THE TRADE SHOW.

Friday Evening Free

 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

 

8:00 am - 9:00 am            Registration (Near hotel gift shop)

8:00 am                             Breakfast Buffet, Ticket required, (Ravinia II Ballroom) Sponsored by The North GA State Fair

8:00 am                             Ride Inspection Breakfast (Ashford  Room)

                                           Host:  Mike Inman, Amusements of America and Jerry Pitts, Coastal Carolina Fair

8:45 am - 10:30 am          Memorial, Awards & Business Session (Ravinia II Ballroom)

                                           Presiding:  Michael Lariscy, President Georgia Association of Agricultural Fairs

                                           Invocation:  Charlie Freeman, GAAF Director Area 7

                                           Pledge to the American Flag: Tod Miller, North Georgia State Fair  

                                           The National Anthem:  Bud Owens, GAAF Past President

                                           Speaker Introduction: Johnny Webb, GAAF Past President/Secretary/Treasurer

                                           Keynote address:  “Life is full of if’s” by Marla Calico, CFE,

                                           President/CEO The International Association of Fairs & Expositions                                          

                                           4-H Award:Brenda Kinsey, GAAF Director Area 2

                                           FFA Award: James Freeman, GAAF Director Area 3

                                           Presentation of the Charles Inman Scholarship Award sponsored by Dixieland Carnival

 

10:00 pm - 2:00 pm         Trade Show is Open (Pre-function Area) Drawing at 2:00 pm       

                                                 

                                          Presentation of Advertising & Promotional Awards by Bud Owens,

                                          GAAF Past President, Sponsored by Amusements of America

                                          Report of Roll Call for Fairs:  GAAF Secretary John P. Webb, Jr., CFE

8:45 am -10:30 Cont.      Recognition of Deceased Members: Don Allen Garrett, CFE, Nancy Smith

                                          Audit Report: James Freeman, Director Area 3

                                          Election of Officers & the Directors for Areas 2, 4, 6 & 8  

                                          Conducted by Tod Miller, N. GA State Fair

                                          Presentation of 2018-2019 Officers & Directors:  Michael Lariscy, GAAF President

 

TRADE SHOW REMAINS OPEN 10:00 AM UNTIL 2:00 PM (Pre-function Area)      

2:00 PM                           50/50 Cash Drawing will be held in the rear of Trade Show, Sponsored by________

2:30                                 South Carolina Business meeting                                                 (Dunwoody A)

1:30 pm                          Pageant Contestants Meeting (Ashford Room)

2:00 pm                          Pageant Individual Interviews (Ashford Room)

4:00 pm - 5:00                Pageant Rehearsal (Ravinia II)

 

CLOSING CELEBRATION BANQUET & PAGEANT

Location:  Ravinia II Ballroom

6:00 pm                         Doors open for seating. Numbered ticket required.

6:30 pm                         Dinner – Ticket Required – Sponsored by Dixieland Carnival

                                       Invocation:  Bud Owens GAAF Past President, Northwest Georgia Regional Fair

7:30 pm                         Closing Celebration and pageant

                                       Directed by:  Bud Owens, Northwest Georgia Regional Fair and Coordinated by Leah Padgett

                                       Special Entertainment

                                       Presentation of the “James H. Drew Fairman of the Year Award”:

                                       By 2010 Recipient Joe Taylor, GA. Carolina St. Fair Sponsored by James H. Drew Expositions

                                       Presentation of “South Carolina Fairman of the Year”

                                       Keyboard, Lights, Sound, and Music provided by Leon Jacobs, Jr.

If you are attending the Pageant only, you will be required to purchase a ticket at the door for $10.00 and cannot enter the pageant until the evening meal has been completed.

 

Sunday, January 27, 2018

8:00 am                         Board of Directors’ Meeting (President’s Suite, Room 1521)

 

Thank you for your attendance!

Please drive home safely.

We wish you a successful fair and a fabulous 2018!