Arkansas Fair
Managers Association
Arkansas Fair Managers Association
July, 2019

The Greatest Showman!!!!
2020 AFMA Convention Dates:  January 09-11, 2020

Fair season is upon us.  I hope everyone has a great and blessed year.  I am here if I can help in
anyway with your fair; just let me know.  We are working hard for a great 2020 AFMA Convention,
lots of exciting things happening.  We have a great board of directors that want to work for the
betterment of the association.  Remember, we will have two positions coming up on the AMFA
Board in 2020.  Get your resume in, become part of something great.  Acknowledge that special
volunteer at your fair. Nominate someone for AFMA Hall of Fame; Charles Smith Memorial Award,
Mary Louise Fiser Family Award, The Lloyd Dunaway Award, Workhorse Award.   The criteria for
each award is listed on the AFMA website, We will be accepting nominations
until October 1, 2019.  We encourage each fair to make a nomination for each award.  The
winners will be announced during our annual banquet on Saturday night of the AFMA

Thanks and God bless you.
Don Jones
2019 AFMA President

The EARLY BIRD RECEPTION  will “kick start” our convention with lots of fun and excitement.  
We have great things in store for our delegates this year.  It truly will be the GREATEST
SHOWMAN!!!!  Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. all registered delegates are invited to attend.  You
will be served a BarBQ meal with all the “fixins”.  We need you to be a part of our
theme parade, dressing the part of the Greatest Showman.  

We will once again keep Friday afternoon of the convention open for the delegates to visit with
the Associates in the tradeshow area.   Bingo was such a success last year, that 1:00 to 3:00 p.
m. has been set aside on Friday in the Crystal Ballroom to play Bingo.  Everyone is welcome to
play, FREE.  Prizes will be given to winners.   Come prepared for lots of fun !!

Games, prizes, jugglers, magicians, stilt walkers, all of this and more will be found during our
CARNIVAL NIGHT        on Friday night at 9:00 p.m  The Associate members sponsor the activity
providing the food, drinks, games and prizes.  All proceeds will be used to fund two (2) AFMA
Associate Scholarships.  We do appreciate our associate members and what they do for our
Organization.  What would a fair be without our Associates?

If you know someone connected with the fair industry who would like to become an Associate
member, please have them contact us.  Associate dues are $50 per year.  You have to be an
associate member to participate in our Tradeshow.  Booths are $175 providing 10x10 space,
table, two chairs, signage and two convention registrations  We will have 25 booth spaces
available .We also sell ads in our convention directory for anyone interested.  Full page is $125,
½ page $75.

The Scholarship Committee continues to need the support of each fair.  There will be Silent
Auctions on Friday and Saturday in the tradeshow area.  The Live Scholarship Auction will be
held on Friday night after the showcasing.  We appreciate the continued support of all the
county, district and state fairs.  We currently give out eight (8) AFMA Scholarships and (2) AFMA
Associate Scholarships.  It is our goal to assist in furthering the education of the youth of the fair
industry.  Please start encouraging the high school seniors associated with your fair to
fill out an AFMA Scholarship application.  The application will be on the AFMA website

Hello everyone!!  I hope your fair is blessed with good weather, great crowds, and lots of
winners!  From the Legislative, not much to report.  Stay in touch with Weldon Wynn, AFMA
Lobbyist, your state Senator and state Representative to try to get any help possible.
We will have 50/50 again, so bring your extra cash and help us raise money for the Scholarship
Fund, General Fund and Bingo prizes.
We will have First Timers Welcome and Orientation on Friday morning at 8:00 a.m.  We want to
encourage all first timers to the convention to attend.  Your AFMA Board will be introduced as
well as a Continental breakfast being sponsored by Tri-County Fair and your AFMA Board.  We
will welcome you with a gift bag and provide entertainment.  Hope to see you in January.

Georgia Ratliff
AFMA Director

We are halfway to convention time!!!!  The hospitality committee is busy planning for another
great event.  We are going to try to have lemonade and tea available this year.  There will once
again be plenty of bottled water.  We ran out of soda drinks this year, so that may be something
that your county would like to bring.  We also need a few paper goods like solo cups and plates.
Baxter and Randolph counties are going to take care of the taco bar for Friday.  If you would like
to help them, they would be appreciative.  As always, homemade items are loved by all.  If you
have a particular time that your county would like to work or items that you would like to bring,
please let us know before October 1.  The hospitality room is only successful through your hard
work and donations.  Thank you for all that you do.

We are working on scheduling all seminars for the 2020 AFMA Convention.  Several seminars
are already on the books.  If your fair would like to contribute to the seminars by leading one, or
if you have suggestions for seminars, please feel free to contact us.
The entertainment and showcases are shaping up to be fantastic this year!  You won’t want to
miss a minute of the action.  See you in January!
Jennifer Barrett
AFMA Director


SPECIAL NOTICE  to Fair Presidents and Fair Managers.  Remember nominations are needed
for two (2) AFMA Directors!  Now is the time to look to your fair board for a potential candidate
for the AFMA Board.  Don Jones and Rob Smith will each have served ten years on the AFMA
Board. AFMA By-Laws state “Directors shall serve no more than two (2) terms or a total of ten
(10) years”.  The only requirements are that the “candidate is an active voting member of his/her
fair board and maintain this status during the term or terms of the  candidate”.  Please contact
either of the committee members for more information.  Resumes must be received by
October 1, 2019 otherwise nomination will have to be from the floor during Opening Session.

Nomination Committee
Phyllis Young, Chairperson
Rob Smith
James Johnson


We hope your fair will make plans to attend our Annual AFMA Banquet on Saturday night of the
AFMA Convention.  We will take time to honor those fair volunteers who have been nominated by
their peers in the fair industry.  Special entertainment will be provided as well as a buffet meal of
delicious Southern Cooking.  Each banquet ticket is $40 per person.  

It is our goal to promote and support Arkansas fairs, to provide AFMA members with beneficial
information, and to hold an annual educationally-oriented convention.  We look forward to seeing
you in Hot Springs at the Arlington Hotel.

Be sure to check our website for more details:  

AFMA Purpose
Too promote and support Arkansas fairs, to provide AFMA members
With beneficial information, and to hold an annual educationally-oriented
Convention and special meetings.