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The Wisconsin Association of Fairs Annual Convention will take place at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells January 4-7, 2015. The convention will officially kick-off on Monday, and conclude with the Awards Banquet and Fairest of the Fairs Finale on Wednesday. Our convention theme this year is “Join the WI Tailgate Party”.

Beginning on Sunday, there will be a few pre-convention activities. Many committee meetings will take place in the afternoon and convention registration will be open. The Fairest of the Fairs program will also kick-off Sunday morning. “Meet the Contestants” will take place Sunday afternoon. “Carnival Night” hosted by our Associate members in the Carnival industry will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday and will include games, food and drinks. Many thanks to Chuck and Lynn Waterman from Calkins Midways for coordinating this event.

On Monday, we are asking that all fairs in attendance, create a Veggie Car to race at the opening session at 10:00 a.m. We know all of you have that competitive spirit in you, so let’s see how creative your fairs can be. The details on building a Veggie Car and the new categories to participate in have been e-mailed to each fair secretary. Be sure to wear your tailgating attire, think Packer, Brewer, Badger and Bucks. Just remember, it is a little warmer inside Chula Vista then most of the times we are tailgating in Wisconsin. Come dressed in tailgating attire for Monday and cheer on your fair.

Once we’ve crowned the Veggie Fair Winners, Gary Berg, will be presenting “Seeing Straight in a Cross-Eyed World” which examines how sight, sound, words, past experiences, and even laughter and music can all play major factors in how well we communicate with each other. This basic understanding helps people be more patient and accepting of other people’s viewpoints and ideas, and helps groups work together more effectively.

We are excited to try a new banquet format for this year’s convention. Doors will open at 4:30 PM and at 4:45 PM the Fairest of the Fairs contestants will begin their self-introductions. We will have our banquet meal following their introductions, allowing time for our judges to determine the top ten finalists. At approximately 6:00 PM we will continue our program hoping to conclude by 8:00 PM crowning our 2015 Fairest of the Fairs.

By popular demand the Veggie Races are back and with even more ways to participate. I know you all have the competitive spirit in you and we are asking that each fair bring a veggie car or two to show off at our opening session on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

I have sent each fair secretary a drawing on some ways to build the proper veggie car. New this year we are asking that fairs bring their own axels and wheels and we will provide the track, thanks to the Barron County Fair.

Since all of you are quite creative we have expanded our categories this year. We will have one winner in each category, not to mention the bragging rights that you won!

Veggie Stock Races: Bring your car built for speed.
Best Use of Tailgating Theme: Build your car for display use only with the best use of our Tailgating theme.
Team Spirit/Extreme Tailgating: How loud is your cheering section? We will judge your team of 5 people on how creatively they dressed for the convention theme as well as how well they cheered the racing cars on.

We look forward to seeing your creativity at the upcoming convention!

2015 Associate Convention Guidelines  2015 Associate Convention Guidelines 

2015 Photo Media Contest  2015 Photo Media Contest 

2015 Trade Show Contract  2015 Trade Show Contract 

Convention Program 2015  Convention Program 2015 

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