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How to Plan, Pay for and Put on a Wildly Successful Fair

 

Without Losing Your Mind, Your Family or Your Friends!

12 Simple Easy Low Cost Ideas For Creating Interactive Agriculture Exhibits and Activities

12 Simple Easy Low Cost Ideas For Creating Interactive Agriculture Exhibits and Activities

This book contains 12 examples of how to create low cost, simple, and easy interactive displays. From simple photo ops to using hashtags to promote your fair on social media, each of these ideas is very easy to create without a large expense. This book can be used as a workbook. Following each example is a “Notes” page. Make sure to jot down any ideas you have on how you can incorporate a similar idea at your own event. Don’t try to do too many of these at once. Start with one idea, and then change it up the next year. The following year, add in another activity. Pretty soon, you’ll have multiple activities! Buy My...

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6 Tips for Running A Productive Meeting

Meetings are a necessary evil of any business, but they can easily suck away everyone’s valuable time. With a few careful choices in meeting planning, a savvy leader can ensure everyone gets the information they need, without wasting the day. #1: Schedule only what you need. Rather than the usual thirty minute or hour block, go with 15 minutes, or even less. Meetings expand to fill their allotted time. #2: Don’t sit down. Getting comfortable around the conference table invites everyone to accept a longer meeting. Stand or walk, and you’ll get the meeting done on time. #3: Sound the alarm. Visibly set a timer, and everyone will be more...

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4 Reasons You Should Attend A Fair Industry Convention

Convention season has arrived!  Whether it is a Regional, State, National or International convention – it is a great opportunity to meet and network with other professionals in the Fair Industry. Many times the decision to attend a convention or conference is based on “costs” … registration, travel, lodging, meals, etc. In reality, the decision should be made on content, networking opportunities, trade show expo vendors, and learning about industry trends. So, how do you justify being away from the day to day operations of the fairgrounds to attend a convention? Follow along and you’ll have all the right reasons and maybe even decide to...

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6 Financial Reports You Need To Review Monthly And Why

6 Financial Reports You Need To Review Monthly And Why

There are 6 reports every Fair CEO should be reviewing monthly. These reports are: Income and Expense Statement Balance Sheet Cash Flow Report for the current period Cash Flow Projection for next 6 months and past 6 months actual cash flow Accounts Receiveables Accounts Payables   Income and Expense Statement  The income and expense statement gives you an overview of the previous months financial activity in detail especially when reviewed along with the check register. There are many examples of income and expense statements available. Each Fair should have an overview income and expense statement for the overall organization, and...

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What Makes County Fair’s Unique?

What Makes County Fair’s Unique?

County Fair Definitions: According to Webster: a fair usually held annually at a set location in a county especially to exhibit local agricultural products and livestock. Wikipedia's definition of Fairs: A fair (archaic: faire or fayre) is a gathering of people for a variety of entertainment or commercial activities. It is normally of the essence of a fair that it is temporary with scheduled times lasting from an afternoon to several weeks. Dictionary.com defines a fair as: noun 1. an exhibition, usually competitive, of farm products, livestock, etc., often combined in the U.S. with entertainment and held annually by a county or state. 2. a...

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SketchUp for Layouts, Floorplans and More

SketchUp for Layouts, Floorplans and More

Have you heard of Sketchup.com? It's a free software you can use for creating floor plans, layouts, exhibits, etc. If you don't have the budget for a CAD (computer aided design) software program, this is a great alternative with many bells and whistles. You can create 3D layouts as well. Imagine working with your team in designing a new layout for your exhibit building, or providing your team with an exact layout of how the building will look. You can use to distribute to vendors so they will know where their location is. This tool can also be used whenever you would provide a layout to anyone - including those who rent your facilities. You...

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3 Ways To Use Grants To Offset Costs

3 Ways To Use Grants To Offset Costs

There are hundreds of thousands of grants available to Fairs. Unfortunately many Fairs don't have the staff available to do the work required to find, apply, and monitor the grants. In those instances, Fairs, of any size, could do three things: 1. Find a local non-profit organization with a similar or complimentary message, purpose, audience. Look for other non-profit organizations in your city/town/region and even in the state. You can do a google search for "non-profits in my area". Review the list, check and see what their mission/purpose is by visiting their website. If you find they have the same or similar purpose, reach out to their...

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Millennials To Surpass Baby Boomer Population In 2015

Millennials To Surpass Baby Boomer Population In 2015

In 2015, the Millennial generation population will surpass the Baby Boom generation as the largest living generation in the US (per the US Census Bureau). The Millennials are between 18 and 34 years old in 2015. The Millennial population is projected to reach it’s highest in 2036. Many of the Millennials are immigrants or children of immigrants who arrived in the US starting in the 1940s. (Whitehouse.gov report Oct 2014 on Millennials). As a result, the Millennials are an extremely diverse generation. In addition Millennials are very tech savvy, and value community, family and creativity in their work. More information on Millenials: How...

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STEM/STEAM At Your Fair

Want to attract new customers to your Fair? Every Fair can showcase STEM/STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Math) programming and activities. Look at what you currently offer and identify ways to pull out the STEAM elements. Many of these activities that are already created, or, with a little adjustments, can be easily transformed into STEM/STEAM activities. As a result of the STEAM programming at the Alameda County Fair, a major medical provider agreed to become a sponsor of a weekend of activities that were health and fitness themed. The sponsor provided staff and equipment to conduct health checks, fitness testing etc. It is a...

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Learn why every Fair and every Fair CEO should be actively participating in industry trade organizations and the benefits those organizations can provide to any Fair.

My upcoming book is a compilation of conversations with 10 Fair Industry professionals. From Fair CEO’s to entertainers, you will gain insight into what works and what doesn’t work. These candid conversations include discussions about entertainment, layout, finances, marketing, and more.

Enjoy these conversations! And start some of your own in your organization!

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