|News from AFMA President
WOW! I can’t believe convention is over and now we are gearing up for fair season! Thanks so
much to everyone that worked so hard for the 2020 AFMA Convention. I think it was a huge
success. The AFMA Board has already started planning for 2021. The theme for next year will
be “Legends of Country Music”. The planning so far looks promising for a great convention,
As your AFMA President for 2020, I hope that you will feel free to contact me with any
suggestions that you may have. If we all work together, what a great year it will be!
I am listing my contact information for your benefit.
Again, thanks for all your help at the convention! Special thanks for helping us catch the
murderer! (I think we all had a great time with the murder mystery game).
2020 AFMA President
News from Hospitality Committee
I want to thank everyone for a great convention! The seminars were well attended and
informative. Please let me know if anyone has any suggestions for next year. I have already
received a few. We, as a board, have already started planning for next year.
The Hospitality committee would like to thank all those that brought food and those that
worked. This is only possible through your efforts. I know that it is appreciated by all that know
they can grab a snack or meal when they need it. We had plenty of drinks this year, lots of food
(the taco bar was wonderful), and plenty of snacks. We need more breakfast items and will need
paper goods (drink cups, plates, gloves, and utensils) next year. If you have ideas or
suggestions, we would love to hear them.
I would like to personally thank everyone that attended the convention, for your support. It is a
pleasure to work with such wonderful people and to serve you on this board.
Hospitality Committee Chairman
As chairman of the 50/50, I would like to thank you and everyone that bought tickets. I wish to
also thank those who helped sell the tickets. Congratulations to County Judge Jim Baker of
Faulkner County for winning twice and donating his winnings back to AFMA. Congratulations to
Kathy Cline, Madison County for winning the third and last drawing.
We took in $1595 on the three 50/50 drawings.
Again, thank you for your support and purchasing of tickets. It would not be a success without
50/50 Committee Chairman
2020 Convention Notes
What else can be said? The 2020 AFMA Convention was a success!! Our convention purpose
was to promote and support our Arkansas fairs, providing our AFMA members with beneficial
information throughout the convention. That we did. The committees are to be commended for
a great job.
We want to say “thank you” to Don Jones and Rob Smith, who both fulfilled their ten years on the
AFMA board. They were dedicated to the fair industry and will be missed on the AFMA Board.
We want to welcome our two new board members, Don Yarbrough of Searcy County and Larry
Jones of Montgomery County. They each were elected to a five year term.
We want to express our appreciation to ALL our sponsors of the convention. Without the
support of our fairs and associate members, we could not function as an organization. The
Associates had a great Carnival Night. Plenty of food, fun and games. Everyone went home a
winner----especially after playing BINGO Friday afternoon.
It has already been expressed, thanks again, to our volunteers. The food prepared for the Early
Bird Reception, First Timers, Carnival Night, Hospitality was enjoyed by all the delegates.
We could not do this on our own. Each fair shares in bringing food, door prizes, auction items.
This is your organization. You should be proud.
We had 14 fairs to participate in the Display of Fairs. Three counties, Polk County, Marion
County, and Faulkner County were given $50, after their names were drawn. We had 18 fairs to
decorate tables in the hospitality room. A People’s Choice Award was given to Sharp County,
Faulkner County and Johnson County. They were each given a beautiful rosette.
Our Live and Silent Auctions did well. Over $8000 was raised for the Scholarship Program.
There will be 8 Scholarships and 2 Associate Scholarships awarded in 2020 to deserving seniors
in the fair industry. Each county received two applications in their convention packet. Please fill
them out and send in by March 15, 2020. Only one application per county. The application is
also on the AFMA website: arkansasfairs.com
The seminars were very educational and beneficial to all the fairs. Thank you to the presenters
that took time out of their busy schedule to prepare and present the seminars.
We were entertained throughout the convention by the Weightless Aerial Company out of
Tennessee. They provided circus style multi-hula hooping, stilt walking, rolling globe, juggling,
Poi and Staff/Flag Spinning, Cyr Wheel, Acrobatics, and aerial silks for the final night’s finale.
Clint Payne was the winner of the 5x5 Ground Blind raffled during the convention.
There was a lot of excitement during the convention trying to solve the murder mystery game.
Only two counties were able to solve the mystery. Hopefully, we can all “brush up” on our
detective skills for next year. If you missed it, Mike Bradshaw was handcuffed during the
banquet. HE WAS GUILTY, HE DID IT.
There were those who were honored for their dedication and service to the Arkansas fair
industry. The following awards were awarded at the Annual Banquet.
Hall of Fame: James Ratliff, Lawrence County
Associate Hall of Fame Clint Payne with Funtime Shows
Charles Smith Award: Jim DeJournett, Randolph County
Workhorse Award: Konnie Coleman, Baxter County
Mary Louise Fiser Family Award Buddy Phillips
Associate Remembrance Award Ed Burlingame
Visitation Trophy Steve Jernigan
Travel Trophy Faulkner County
We encourage you to recognize that special person who volunteers at your fair. Don’t wait,
do it NOW. Take a few minutes to nominate someone who is dedicated to the fair industry.
Our convention theme for 2021 will be Legends of Country Music. What a great time that
is going to be. We hope the convention has prepared you for a better 2020 fair!!!
Why Be A Member of the IAFE?
Members of the IAFE continue to unite with fellow industry colleagues, excel within their
role by utilizing the many benefits of membership, and ignite ideas for their organization.
While there are many tangible benefits of being and IAFE member, such as a discount at choice
hotels and access to agricultural products such as activity books and augmented reality, the real
benefit of membership is much more than that. Our members are a true support system to each
The fair industry is unique, and no one else has a job like yours, so surround yourself with others
who you can learn from. Choose people who will support you in a time of need, and also
celebrate with you in a time of success. Excel with fellow fair industry officials who perform similar
duties and face similar challenges. Become a valued member of this association, and you too
will become a part of this family.
Highlighted benefits of the IAFE (more information can be found on www.fairsandexpos,.com)
Ignite—Have a question or need feedback? Post your question on the online igniter discussion
forum. Ideas available from many toolkits – activist response kits, e coli, and swine flu.
Excel -Agricultural activity books; agricultural augmented reality available for your fair; keep up-
to-date with our publications – magazines, newsletters, directory, news alerts – all at your
Unite – Read and win ribbon program to unite with your community. Find individuals to fill empty
positions with our online jobs bank, or find the perfect answer to your RFP. We have a
relationship with : App river, DHS, Fiserv (First Date), worldwide Express, Sterling Volunteers,
and more. These contacts are available to YOU, our members
If you are interested in your fair becoming a member of the IAFE, please contact your AFMA
Executive Secretary, Carolyn Wynn. She has membership forms and will be glad to sign you up.
Member Service coordinator
International Association of Fairs and Expositions