Annual Convention Info
2018 Convention Highlights
January 11-13, 2018
Arlington Hotel
Hot Springs

Thursday, January 11, 2018
2:00 p.m. in Crystal Ballroom
Meeting with Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission

3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Registration
Board Room

6:00 p.m.
Early Bird Reception
Conference Center

7:30 p.m.
Bingo
Red, White, Blue Parade (prizes to be given to winners)
Crystal Ballroom

Cowboy Capers
DJ- Dance
Conference Center

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Friday, January 12, 2018
7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Registration

8:00 a.m.
First Timers Welcome & Orientation
Crystal Ballroom

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Session One –Opening Ceremony

11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Associates Trade Show Opens
Exhibit Center – 2nd floor
10:45 a.m. 11:45 a.m.
Friday Morning Seminars **Door prizes

Federal Surplus
Magnolia Room

Premium Points
Crystal Ballroom

Livestock At The State Fair
Hickory One Room, Third Floor

Show Works Computer Program
Hickory Two Room, Third Floor

Reinventing the Small County Fairs
Maple One Room, Fourth Floor

Power Wheels Derby
Maple Two Room, Fourth Floor

Both Sides of the Fence
Security and Risk Management for the Fairs
Oak One Room, Fifth Floor

Crisis Communications
Oak Two Room, Fifth Floor

Stop the Bleed
Pine One Room, Sixth Floor

Carnival Ride Up-Dates
Pine Two Room, Sixth Floor







Afternoon Sessions
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Mouth to Mouth Resuscitation and Heimlich Maneuver
Magnolia Room

Filling Out AFMA Scholarship Applications
Crystal Ballroom

Livestock at the State Fair
Hickory One Room, Third Floor

Show Works Computer Program
Hickory Two Room, Third Floor

Reinventing the Small County Fairs
Maple One Room, Fourth Floor

Livestock Shows Round Table
Maple Two Room, Fourth Floor

Old School Not Cool Anymore
Today’s Latest Trends in the Fair Industry
Oak One Room, Fifth Floor

Certification for Concealed Weapon
Pine One Room, Sixth Floor

Organizing Creative Arts
Pine Two Room, Sixth Floor


3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

All Aboard the State Fair Train ( For Pageant and Talent Show Directors)
Magnolia Room

4:00 p.m.
Associates Meeting
Cypress Room, 2nd Floor
7:00 p.m.
Entertainment/Auction
Conference Room
Showcase:  Michael Mayo, Comedy Hypnosis
To be followed by

Live Auction for AFMA Scholarship Program
Crystal Ballroom
To be followed by

Carnival Night and Midway Buffet
Conference Room
To be followed by

Dance—DJ
Crystal Ballroom


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Saturday, January 13, 2018
8:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m.
Registration

8:30 -9:30 a.m.
DISTRICT FAIR MEETINGS

Northeast District – Spruce Room   7th Floor
Southeast District-  Pine Room, 6th Floor
Southwest District – Oak Room, 5th Floor
North Central District – Maple Room, 4th Floor
Arkansas/Oklahoma – Hickory Room, 3rd Floor
Northwest Dist4rict – Cypress Room, 2nd Floor



9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Showcase :  Conference Room
Jason Prichett
Nashville Recording Artist


11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Trade Show Opens

12:45p.m.—AFMA Silent Auction Bidding Closes

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Second Session; Business Meeting
Conference Center

7:00 p.m.
Third Session
Annual Banquet

Dance—DJ
Crystal Ballroom