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Fair Member Resources Overview

Thank you for joining the IAFE, where Life IS 'Fair'! We value your IAFE membership and want you to learn about all the important resources available to you. To get started, please view this short IAFE 101 video:

First Question - Do You Know Your IAFE Website Login?

Many of the member resources provided below require you to first log in to our website. Your username is the e-mail address you have provided us. Your password can be retrieved by selecting this "Forgot Your Password?" link. You may also call the IAFE office during normal business hours at 800.516.0313 and we will be happy to look up or set your login credentials!

Need additional logins for your staff? Please fill out this form and return it to the IAFE office. Once you have logged in, you may visit this Member Help page to learn the basics of your account, including changing your account information or paying membership renewal dues online.

Annual Convention and Trade Show

The Annual Convention and Trade Show, held in Las Vegas, is the largest event serving fairs, shows, exhibitions, and expositions. Convention attendees network and learn from each other and top professionals during the intensive five days of workshops, special seminars, round table discussions, and social events.


Compliments of Coca-Cola, new fairs joining as a new member between November 2, last year, and November 1, the current year, receive one FREE delegate registration to the Annual Convention and Trade Show! Learn more.

Those who attend our convention can also take home a very important item--a USB flash drive (compliments of the North Carolina State Fair) that contains most of the winning documents from our annual contest program (see below). These are the best ideas in the fair industry, from advertising to agriculture to competitive exhibits to sponsorship.

Special Programs and Materials

Take advantage of our member discount pricing for our available products. Complement your children's activities with the IAFE's most popular product the "Color the Fair" coloring books, add something special to your children's agriculture education programs with our Activity Displays, and promote literacy and increase participation in your fair with the Read & Win program.

As a member fair, you can receive your first 1,000 Read & Win bookmark ribbons absolutely FREE. Learn more.

Online Library

Worth the price of membership alone! The IAFE online library contains over 1,000 documents which will provide fairs of any size the information, ideas, and templates to enhance their own event. Learn more about how to use our library through the video below:

The Igniter: IAFE Discussion Board


You are invited to participate in The Igniter! This is an online member service allowing you to post questions/discussions, reply to topics, post document resources, look up contacts, and to network (only visible to current IAFE members). This is an incredibly simple way for you to easily interact and communicate online, exchange ideas, experience, knowledge and wisdom with your peers. The benefits are endless!

Discounts and Insurance

As an IAFE member, take advantage of special discounts from Hertz Rent-A-Car, a 15% discount from Choice Brand Hotels (including Comfort Inn®, Comfort Suites®, Quality®, Sleep Inn®, Clarion®, MainStay Suites®, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel®, Econo Lodge® and Rodeway Inn® brands and Ascend Collection® properties worldwide), as well as one $5,000 AD&D insurance policy (available at NO COST TO YOU--limited to one individual per fair or firm).

John Deere is offering a special discount on much of their equipment to fairs that are a 501(c)(3) or an official government organization (that is almost all of you!). Organizations can contact their local John Deere dealer to find out about the special discounts. Stop by and see your John Deere dealer to tell them you appreciate Deere's support of IAFE fairs and shows.

IAFE Main Site and Find That Fair

The main IAFE site contains several key member resources, including an online directory for member organizations and for contacts. You can also view current job listings, legislative resources, and read our magazine online.

Find That Fair is a member resource that will allow you to find other fairs on a map. It contains the location, dates, primary contact, and website of each fair. Planning a fair trip? You can filter the fairs by their start month to plan a route!

News and Alerts

Receive a bi-monthly IAFE e-newsletter with the latest information about fair news and upcoming IAFE events.

The IAFE understands you might not have the time to monitor industry news constantly. However, today's instantaneous news cycle means that "news" at one fair can have dramatic impact on another – across the country, around the world. That's why we've developed a system called PAS (Personalized Alert System) that you may optionally subscribe to. Let the IAFE PAS system be your "pass" to quick information, right when you need it! Learn more about how to subscribe here:

Networking Opportunities and Education

Build relationships that make your job easier and your event the best. A variety of professional improvement opportunities will connect you to fair professionals and volunteers, including the annual management conference, special seminars, the Institute of Fair Management Summit, zone conferences, and state/provincial meetings.

Other educational opportunities include the Institute of Fair Management and CyberSeminars. The Institute enhances the professional development of the employees and volunteers of our members by providing education and training in core competency--management, marketing, risk management, programming, operations, and facility usage--necessary for the operations of today's fairs, large or small. The IAFE CyberSeminars are webinars – interactive presentations viewed on the Internet while simultaneously listening in on a conference phone call or your computer's VoIP.

Printed Material

Published six times a year, Fairs & Expos is THE source for information about trends, innovative ideas, and association activities. The magazine can be read online in a digital format at any time--a great way to share the valuable information with all board members, staff, and/or volunteers. You will also receive a complimentary copy of the Annual Directory with lists of dates, attendance, and much more about each fair member.

Contests, Member Recognition, and Certification

The International Association of Fairs and Expositions annually awards excellence in fair programming through four educational contests. The Annual IAFE Awards contests are divided into various areas of fair programming including: Agriculture, Competitive Exhibits, Communications, and Sponsorship. These educational contests allow fair members to submit award winning ideas and programs into categories within each contest. Examples include: advertising posters, radio/TV spots, agriculture education programs, competitive exhibit display methods, and photos. Individual recognition awards include the Rising Star, the Hall of Fame award, and the Heritage awards.

Full-time staff members who are with an IAFE member fair can receive the prestigious Certified Fair Executive designation. The CFE recognizes excellence in the fair management field. CFE's are chosen based upon an extensive review and application process.

The Awards contests must be submitted through the IAFE site www.iafecontest.com, where you may keep track of the entries you have uploaded and see judges' comments. If you are entering for the first time, you must create a new user account. For more information, please view this page or watch this video: