Arkansas Fair Managers Association
The Greatest Showman!!!!
2020 AFMA Convention Dates: January 09-11, 2020
Plans are underway for a great convention. The AFMA Board met at the Arkansas State
Fair Complex on March 23, 2019. We appreciate the use of their facility and Ms Joan
Warren who was our host for the meeting.
We need all of the Arkansas fairs to start making plans to attend. 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 and special
The EARLY BIRD RECEPTION will be on Thursday night. A BarBQ meal with all the
“fixins” will be served. Then the fun begins………….Be a part of our theme parade,
The Greatest Showman. Dress the part of the Greatest Showman. There will be
winners in the three categories; youth, women, and men. There is a rumor that the
AFMA Board will entertain during the reception. Come and see.
We ask that you encourage the first timers on your fair board to attend the FIRST
TIMERS program on Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. They will be provided with a
continental breakfast, entertainment and a gift bag. The AFMA Board will also be
introduced to those who do not know them. The committee puts forth a lot of effort to
make them “feel at home”.
Carnival Night is enjoyed by all who attend. The Associate members sponsor the
activity providing food, drinks, games and prizes. The money raised during Carnival
Night is used to promote their Associate Scholarship program. They currently sponsor
two scholarships for $500 each.
Everyone enjoys the different ideas shared by each fair. Start now making photos
while you are preparing for your 2019 fair. Each fair who participates in the Display of
Fairs, will have their name in a drawing for $50. Three winners will be drawn. Be sure
your display incorporates our theme, The Greatest Showman.
We appreciate the generosity of all the county and district fairs. Without you, we would
not have the door prizes or scholarship auction items, needed during the convention.
We always have enough because of your willingness to give. “Thank you”!!
The Hospitality Committee has a large task of trying to provide food for the 800 plus
delegates that we hope will be in attendance for the 2020 AFMA Convention. We
welcome your fair to assist with the taco bar, breakfast on Friday and Saturday
mornings and all the “in betweens”. Home cooked is always good. We hope the fairs
will continue to participate in decorating the tables in the hospitality area. There are a
lot of talented and creative people who attend the convention.
The Seminar Committee will have educational seminars to take back to your fair. We
have had several suggestions that will be quite interesting, one being Barn Quilting.
We hope to provide more details on the seminars by our June meeting.
The Legislative Committee has been advised by Senator Blake Johnson that money is
being appropriated for the county and district fairs. At this time it would be through
the Agriculture Department, which will create a grant system like the Rural Service
Program. This will be made possible pending on the Revenue Stabilization Act, which
is a balanced budget. It is not a deal yet. Senator Johnson stated there were three
categories of money: A) always funded, B)Sometimes funded, and C) Never funded.
Please contact your representatives to have them keep the fairs of Arkansas funded.
Suspense is in the air for the recipients of the AFMA Scholarships. The applications
were judged and winners announced to the AFMA Board at our meeting on March 23,
2019. Each recipient will be contacted at or prior to their graduation program. A
member of the AFMA Board will present the scholarships to the recipients.
The AFMA Board will have two positions to fill at the 2020 AFMA Convention. 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” NOW IS THE TIME to look to your fairboard for a potential candidate for the
AFMA Board. The only requirements are that the “candidate is an active voting
member of his/her fairboard and maintain this status during the term or terms of the
candidate”. Please contact one of the committee members for more information:
Phyllis Young, chairman, James Johnson or Rob Smith.
Registration fees will remain the same, $25 per delegate and $10 youth 18 and under.
There will be late fees if paid after the deadline. Banquet tickets will be $40 per
If you know someone connected with the fair industry who would like to become an
Associate member, please contact us. Associate dues are $50 per year. You have to
be an Associate to participate in our Tradeshow. Booths are $175 providing 10x10
space, table, chairs, signage and two convention registrations. We will have 25 booth
A committee is in the process of gathering information to have another Murder
Mystery at the 2020 AFMA Convention: Who Got Killed at the Circus!!!! We want you to
come ready to participate in the activity.
Bingo will be played from 1:00 to 3:00 on Friday afternoon. A fun time for all.
Thanks to those who support the 50/50 as well as congratulations to last year’s
Bring extra cash, you might be the next winner in one of the three drawings.
Be sure to check our website: arkansasfairs.com