Arkansas Fair
Managers Association

The Arkansas Fair Managers held their last meeting in Hot Springs at the Arlington Hotel
finalizing plans for the 2018 AFMA Convention.  Convention dates are January 11-13, 2018.
In meeting with the hotel management, we discussed the up-grading they are in process of doing.
The hotel will actually lose rooms.  Therefore, it will be in your best interest to make your
reservations now for the convention.
I hope that each county had a very successful fair.  Every AFMA board member reported on their
fair at our meeting.  
We will again have Bingo after the  Early Bird Reception on Thursday night in the Crystal Ball
Room.  Board members will be gathering up prizes and as usual, the AFMA will donate Walmart
cards to be given away.  We will have our Red, White, and Blue Theme parade in the Crystal
Ballroom.  We hope each individual will dress up in their red, white and blue.  Plaques will be
given away to the winners.  Come and help make this a very successful convention in 2018.

Jan Moore
2017 AFMA President

Report from Early Bird Committee

Our Early Bird Reception will kick off the 2018 AFMA Convention.  We will provide a BBQ meal
with all the fixing’s for registered delegates coming in on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 6:00 p.
m.  The reception will take place in the Conference Room on the second floor of the Arlington
Hotel.   We are asking the fairs that will be represented at the reception to assist with desserts.  
Last year cupcakes were served, going over very well.  We will appreciate whatever your fair

Don’t forget our Cowboy Capers.  Choose your partner and come join in with the fun which will be
going on.  There will be numerous door prizes and rosettes for the winners of the Cowboy

Don’t be left out. Come early and join the fun.  
See you in January!!!

Early Bird Reception Committee
Don Jones, Chairman

Hello from North Central Arkansas

I hope each of you had a successful and prosperous fair.  It is now time to prepare to come to
Hot Springs for the 2018 AFMA Convention.
Seminars are planned that we hope will be educational and beneficial for your fair.  A list of the
morning and afternoon seminars will be listed on the AFMA website closer to convention dates.
(  Be sure to watch the website for convention up-dates.
We will have two showcases this year.  Friday night showcase will be Michael Mayo who is a
comedy hypnosist.  You will not want to miss this act.  He is very funny and entertaining.
Saturday morning we will showcase Jason Pritchett who is a Nashville artist and currently has
songs in the top 40.  Nashville artist Johnny Counterfeit will perform at the banquet.  Johnny does
well over 100 impersonations.  You will not want to miss this, so purchase your banquet tickets!

I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas.  See you in January.

Pam Lloyd
Convention Chairperson

Report from the Hospitality Committee

The Hospitality Committee is busy getting ready for the 2018 AFMA Convention.  The taco bar
was a great addition last year.  Warm foods such as chili, soup, and meatballs are always a hit in
January.  We plan to add a salad bar this year.
As always, we need items for the sandwich line, snacks and drinks.  Per suggestions made last
year, there will be a list of what needs done at each time slot posted on the refrigerator.  If you
have suggestions, ideas, or questions, please contact us.  If you would like to help with a
specialty station (taco or salad bar) let us know.

Don’t forget to decorate a table!!! Your centerpieces are always amazing.  Our theme is
Red, White and Blue.

Hospitality Committee
Jennifer Barrett
Mike Bradshaw
Lacie Beason

2018 Hospitality Schedule

Friday, January 12, 2018
6:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Lonoke, Madison, Marion, Miller, Mississippi, Nevada, Newton, Ouachita,
Pike, Poinsett, Polk, Pope

11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Montgomery, Randolph, Baxter, Arkansas, Ashley, Benton, Bradley, Calhoun,
Carroll, Chicot, Clark, Sebastian, Sharp, St. Francis, Stone

1:30 p.m.  – 5:00 p.m.
Drew, Independence, Lawrence, Perry, Sevier, Tri-County, Washington, White

Saturday, January 13, 2018
6:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Clay, Cleburne, Cleveland, Columbia, Conway, Crawford, Dallas, Faulkner, Howard,

10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
North Franklin, South Franklin, Fulton, Garland, Grant, Greene, Hot Spring, Scott, Searcy,
Three County, Little River

2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Johnson, Lafayette, Lincoln, North Logan, South Logan, Prairie, Saline, Van Buren, Yell

Convention Registration

Your convention registration form is enclosed in the newsletter.  I would advise each county to
fill out the registration form with the correct address for each delegate.  This information is very
important.  If I need to contact during the year, I use the information provided by the county on
registration.  Please do not have all of the mailing addresses going to the extension or the fair
address.  Every one who registers will be added to the mailing list for the newsletter.  If you only
fill out a name, no address……………………will not receive the newsletter.

Registration will once again be $25 per delegate.  Late registration fee of $35 per delegate after
December 20, 2017.   Banquet tickets will be $25 per person.  Banquet tickets do not have to be
purchased at time of registration but must be purchased by noon on Friday.  The meal will once
again be Buffet, “Southern Style cooking”.  Johnny Counterfeit will perform at the banquet.  It
should be an exciting night, hope you will join us.

News From 50/50 Committee

We will have 50/50 drawings again this year at the 2018 AFMA Convention. The first will be at
the Early Bird Reception on Thursday night.  The winner will receive half; the other half will go
toward Bingo prizes.  The proceeds from the second 50/50 drawing will go toward the
Scholarship Fund to be held during the Opening Session, and the third will go to the General
Fund during the Session Two Business Session.

Bring extra money, let’s see if we can make three  people HAPPY while also helping the
AFMA.  I hope you had a great fair.  I look forward to seeing you at the 2018 AFMA Convention.

Georgia Ratliff
AFMA Director

2018 Display of Fairs

Fair season for 2017 is in the past.  Our Display of Fair committee hopes that you gathered
data to share with the 2018 fair delegates.  Our theme is Red, White, and Blue.  We look forward
to seeing what your fair is doing to recognize veterans as we continue to promote agriculture,
youth development, and family values.
The display will be in the same location of the Arlington Hotel on the second floor.  It should be a
beautiful site with all our displays reflecting the Red, White and Blue decorations.   Bring your
display, find an open spot, and set up on Thursday or Friday prior to the Opening Session.
We will once again recognize three  displays during our meeting on  Saturday during Session
Two (Business Meeting).

Call any of the three committee members if you have questions or ideas to improve the area.

Display of Fairs Committee
Lacie Beason      501-258-2142
Mike Bradshaw  870-404-0592
Phyllis Young     501-733-4519

Scholarship Committee Report

Hello everyone from Imboden, AR !!!
At the AFMA Board meeting in October, there was discussion on making changes to the
AFMA Scholarship application and score sheet.  To discuss the changes with the delegates,
A seminar will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018.  During the seminar there will be suggestions
on how to fill out the application, what to send, as well as what not to send.
You are encouraged to send your suggestions to any of the Scholarship Committee members
prior to the convention in January.  It is our desire to have each county represented at the
Remember, our scholarships have been increased.  The Steve Skelton Endowed Scholarship to
$1200, the AFMA Endowed Scholarship to $1000, three (3) additional scholarship to $1000 and
the remaining three (3) will remain at the $800 for now until we see how this next year goes.
The AFMA Associate Scholarship will remain at $500.
Start now preparing your seniors to fill out the AFMA Scholarship application.  Only one
application will be accepted per county.  The chosen application for each county must be signed
by the county fair president of fair manager.

Georgia Ratliff             
Rob Smith              
Mike Bradshaw      

Other committee members consist of Christy Skelton, Lisa Barr, Muggs Broomfield, and
Steve Jernigan.

Hope to see you in January.

Georgia Ratliff
Scholarship Committee Chairperson


First Timers Committee Report

Our “new” fair volunteers are very important to the fair industry.  We want to welcome
our first time delegates at the First Timers meeting held on Friday, January 12, 2018 in the
Crystal Ballroom of the Arlington Hotel at 8:00 a.m.  

A continental breakfast sponsored by Tri-County Fair and AFMA Board will be provided
for the first time delegates.  The AFMA Board has gathered items across the state for “welcome
bags” for each first timer attending the First Timers Meeting.

We want the meeting to be informative, introducing the First Timers to the AFMA Board,
who will also provide entertainment during the meeting.  Those entertaining will be Mike
Bradshaw, Jennifer Barrett, and Don Jones.  This will also be a time for questions and answers.

We ask that each county encourage your first time delegates to attend the first meeting of the
day.  A reminder to mark the registration form for each first timer as first timer badges will be a
different color.   Our first time delegates are the future of our fairs.  See you in January.

Convention Highlights

Please watch the website ( for AFMA Convention details.  

Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission Meeting  Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Early Bird Reception                                        Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
First Timers Meeting                                        Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 at 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Opening Session One                                Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Seminars--morning                                        Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 10:45to 11:45 a.m.
Associates Trade Show Opens                        Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 11:45 a.m. -5:30 p.m.
Seminars—afternoon                                        Friday, Jan. 12, 2018   1:30 -2:30 p.m.
All Aboard the State Fair Train                        Friday, Jan. 12, 2018  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  (For Pageant and Talent Show Directors)
Associate Meeting                                        Friday, Jan. 12, 2018   4:00 p.m.
Entertainment/Auction                                Friday, Jan. 12, 2018   7:00 p.m.
    Conference Room Showcase       Michael Mayo, Comedy Hypnosis
                                                  Followed by
        Live Auction for AFMA Scholarship Program in Crystal Ballroom
                                                  Followed by
       Carnival Night & Midway Buffet, Sponsored by AFMA Associates, Conference Room
District Fair Meetings                                        Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018    8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Showcase in Conference Room                        Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018  9:45 – 11:00 a.m.
    Jason Pritchett, Nashville Recording Artist
Associate Trade Show Open                                Sat., Jan. 13, 2018 11:00 a.m. -12:45 p.m.
Session Two (General Business Meeting)                Sat., Jan. 13, 2018  1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Session Three (Annual Banquet)                        Sat., Jan. 13, 2018   7:00 p.m.
    Entertainment:  Johnny Counterfeit, Impersonator

Convention Registration

1.         Make Hotel Reservations directly with the Arlington Resort Hotel & Spas.  Each
County/Individual is responsible for making room reservations directly with the
Arlington.  The Arlington needs a name for each room.  Contact the Arlington Hotel
Directly at (501) 623-7771.

2.         Return completed Convention Registration form to AFMA.    

     ***********Name badges will be required for each activity***********

Counties may pay 2018 dues at convention but 2017 dues must be paid before
                                Convention packets can be picked up.

You are invited to attend a meeting with the
and your AFMA Board on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Arlington
Hotel.  This is your opportunity to ask questions on county, district, or state fairs.