8:15 – 8:45 am Registration Desk Opens
Coffee, Tea, and Donuts provided.
8:45 am Welcome and Morning Introductions
Andrea Thayer, CFE WSFA President, Chief Experience Officer Washington State Fair and Janel Goebel and Heather Van Dyke Palouse Empire Fair.
Ag Exhibit Convention Contest – Tawnia Linde, Director of Marketing and Sponsorship, Clark County Fair and WSFA Director and Convention Contest Chair.
9:10 – 10:00 am Session One
Getting your Fair Department ready for the WA State Fair Commissioner, from a Superintendents point of view. Gina Mosey, Pru Beyer and Heather Van Dyke
Gina has over 35 years’ of experience in the Fair industry with Spokane Jr. Livestock Show, Spokane Interstate Fair, and Clayton Community Fair. As a parent, 4-H leader, Fair Superintendent, Livestock Sale Booster, and Scholarship Committee Chair.
Pru is the Small Animal Barn Superintendent, for the Palouse Empire Fair. Pru has been a great asset at the Palouse Empire Fair, and the Small Animal Department the past two years with recommendations from the State Veterinarian.
Heather as an exhibitor, parent, 4-H Leader, FFA Alumni Booster, Superintendent at Spokane County Interstate Fair, Spokane Jr. Livestock Show, and Palouse Empire Fair Event Coordinator.
10:10 – 11:00 am Session Two
1) Unique Display Ideas
Jessica McLaughlin, Fair Coordinator, Spokane County Interstate Fair.
Creative displays simply require us to enter a world of Pure Imagination. Together, let’s take a look at what other fairs across the nation (and beyond) are doing to bring magic into their competitive exhibit displays. Where will your creativity take you in 2023 after viewing just a fraction of the possibilities?
2) Time with the Washington State Veterinarian Office
Dr. Ben Smith and David Hecimovich, WA Dept Of Ag.
Dr. Smith will share an update regarding the State Vets Office and David Hecimovich, will speak on the Animal Disease Traceability Program.
11:10 – 12 noon Session Three
1) "The good, bad and ugly of Exhibitor Guides", " To print or not to print. .... that is the question "
Roylene Crawford, WSFA Vice President and Kittitas County Fair Board. Rebecca Martinez, Fairgrounds Coordinator, Grant County Fair and WSFA Director.
Candid discussion on Exhibitor Guides and ways to improve. Sharing your experience and ideas.
FAIRS - Please bring copies of your Exhibitor Handbook or if you do only online, please come prepared to share the link.
2) FFA and 4H Session Discussion regarding Animals.
Tom Gwin, Manager, WA State 4-H Fair
12 noon Lunch: Networking time
1:00 – 1:30 pm Tour of the Palouse Empire Fairgrounds Hosted by Palouse Empire Fair.
1:40 – 2:30 pm Session Four
1) Meet the New Department of Agriculture Fair Program Administrator
Michelle Chevez, Fair Commission WA Dept of Ag.
2) How Can Finding Sponsorship Serve your Fair and/or Fair Department
Tawnia Linde, Director of Marketing and Sponsorship, Clark County Fair and WSFA Director.
2:40– 3:30 pm Session Five
1) Creative Ways to Get more entries for your Fair
Carolyn Morley, Manager North Central WA Fair and WSFA Director.
2) "Prepare 2 Respond” Disease awareness and mitigation
Paul S. Kuber, Ph.D. Associate Professor, State 4-H Agri-Science Specialist, Northeast Region Livestock and Forage Specialist
3:35 pm Closing Remarks Community Building
And last chance for bids on the Silent Auction. Auction will close immediately thereafter!