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  • Thu, December 07, 2017 4:21 PM | Anonymous

    In early November, representatives of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA) conducted their second Washington D.C. fly-in of the year. The fly-in that those representatives of the fair and mobile amusement industry participated in was arranged by the H-2B Workforce coalition - a group of about 40 industries who rely on seasonal workers - including seafood processing, amusement parks and hospitality.

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  • Thu, December 07, 2017 3:44 PM | Anonymous

    This year's IAAPA Attractions Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Florida drew 39,000 attendees and brought in 1,114 companies to display the latest innovations in the attractions industry as well as several rides coming to theme parks next year. A number of attractions, such as "Infinity Falls" at SeaWorld Orlando, "Lego City Deep Sea Adventure" at Legoland California and Sub Sea Systems' "Aquaticar," will feature a water element. Meanwhile, ride manufacturers unveiled new developments in the virtual reality ride trend, such as Zamperla with its "VR Box," and others displayed their take on the flying theater experience, such as Dynamic Attractions with its "Dynamic Flightcycle" ride.

    USA Today (12/5)  


  • Thu, December 07, 2017 3:19 PM | Anonymous

    Help us in celebrating our OABA 2017 Circle of Excellence Recipients


    Entire press release ... "Here

  • Fri, December 01, 2017 5:25 PM | Anonymous


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    The OABA is so very proud to have sponsored key note speaker, Amberly Snyder. She told her story during the IAFE Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas this Wednesday during the morning General Session.  

    If you were not able to witness her in person, please click "HERE" for some of her story. 


  • Fri, December 01, 2017 5:17 PM | Anonymous

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    Miranda Muir Recognized as Rising Star

     Las Vegas, Nev. – November 27, 2017 – During the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) 127th Annual Convention, Miranda Muir of the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show & Osceola County Fair in Kissimmee, Fla., was honored with the Rising Star Award, according to IAFE President and CEO Marla Calico. The Convention is being held Nov. 26-29 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev.

     The Rising Star Award was created by the IAFE Young Professionals Initiative (YPI) to recognize leadership and industry contributions of young IAFE members. Nominees are any employee, volunteer, or board member under age 40 of a member fair, show, exposition, or exhibition in good standing with the IAFE.

     Muir grew up in New Berlin, Ill., across the street from the Sangamon County Fairgrounds. Her grandfather served on the board of directors at the Sangamon County Fair for more then 20 years, which is how she got her start. She volunteered and worked in the office of the fair for 18 years. While at the Sangamon County Fair, Muir worked with Fair Secretary Elizabeth McDevitt, who encouraged her to be a bigger part of the fair industry.

     Muir began as the Osceola County Fair manager in 2013. During her time there, she has instituted several new programs. The fair is a non-profit with more than 250 members. She began a "star volunteer" program to encourage the membership to get more involved. She began the Miss Osceola Scholarship Pageant, made barn videos to increase traffic to the barns, and began a "Trunk or Treat" event in the fall to increase non-fair usage of the grounds. In addition, Muir was able to beautify the grounds with new signage, including adding visual screens to hide utility boxes, and instituted an all new Greeter Program and Information Booth.

     In addition to serving her fair, Muir actively networks with other young fair professionals by serving as chair of the YPI Steering Committee for both Florida and IAFE Zone 2. She is a member of Rotary of America and active in multiple Chambers of Commerce.

     You can use our hashtag if you post this story on social media: #IAFE2017

     

    ABOUT IAFE

    The International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE), based in Springfield, Mo., is a voluntary, nonprofit corporation, serving state, provincial, regional, and county agricultural fairs, shows, exhibitions, and expositions. Its associate members include state and provincial associations of fairs, non-agricultural expositions and festivals, associations, corporations, and individuals engaged in providing products and services to its members, all of whom are interested in the improvement of fairs, shows, expositions, and allied fields.

     

    Contact: Rebekah Lee: rebekahl@fairsandexpos.com or 800-516-0313

     


  • Fri, December 01, 2017 5:11 PM | Anonymous

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    Cindy Hoye Inducted into IAFE Hall of Fame

     Las Vegas, Nev. – November 27, 2017 – Today at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) 127th Annual Convention, Cynthia "Cindy" Hoye, CFE, of the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis was inducted into the IAFE Hall of Fame. The IAFE Convention is taking place Nov. 26-29 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. The highest honor bestowed by the IAFE, the Hall of Fame Award is presented annually in recognition of an individual's distinguished achievement in, or contribution to, the fair industry.

     Hoye is an Indianapolis native and grew up 10 minutes from Indiana State Fairgrounds, where she spent her childhood summers participating as a 4-H member. She attended Southern Methodist University and interned at the State Fair of Texas. In 1980, Ms. Hoye accepted a position as 4-H extension agent in Ozaukee County, Wis. From there, she became the promotions director for the American Dairy Association of Wisconsin and then moved on to the Wisconsin State Fair, accepting the special events director position. Hoye moved to her hometown fair and became marketing director for the Indiana State Fair in 1988. As marketing director for the state fair, Hoye led several award-winning marketing efforts, including the "Little Hands on the Farm" program that has been franchised to several other fairs and expositions.

     In 2004, Governor Mitch Davis appointed Hoye to be the executive director of the Indiana State Fair Commission, which oversees operations of the Indiana State Fair and the year-round activities of the fairgrounds. Under her leadership, the Indiana State Fair has experienced a number of positive changes. The business operations have been streamlined and facilities have been upgraded. The fair received national attention by being the first fair in the U.S. to institute a zero-trans fat cooking oil policy in 2007. During her tenure, the Indiana State Fair expanded from 12 days to 17 days.

     Hoye received her Certified Fair Executive designation from the IAFE in 1992. She served the IAFE in numerous capacities including as second vice chair in 2008, first vice chair in 2009, board chair in 2010, and past chair from 2011-2012.

     Hoye lives in Indianapolis with her husband Bob. They have two children: Abigail and Robbie.

    You can use our hashtag if you post this story on social media: #IAFE2017 


  • Fri, December 01, 2017 5:04 PM | Anonymous


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    Stephen Chambers Named Executive of the Year

     Las Vegas, Nev. – November 27, 2017 – At the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) 127th Annual Convention, held Nov. 26-29, at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. Stephen Chambers of the Western Fairs Association (WFA) was named the State and Provincial Executive of the Year. The Executive of the Year Award goes to an association executive who has been in this position for at least five years. They have to be recommended by their association and are judged on their participation and involvement in their local, state, and the fair industry.

     Chambers has served as executive director of the WFA for 30 years. During that time, the association has increased membership to include all fairs in Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, and California. A strong advocate for the fair industry, Chambers has worked diligently to obtain, maintain, and sometimes replace funding for fairs in his association. Through his leadership, WFA has sponsored and presented educational opportunities, trainings, seminars, conferences, and conventions that have lifted the standards of fair operations throughout the industry. Chambers has served as a mentor for many new fair CEOs and service members, helping guide them through some difficult times.

     Chambers' service as a liaison to legislators is aided by his vast, historical knowledge of fairs. His perspective has shaped policies on multiple fair boards and legislatures. After his long, productive career as WFA executive director, Chambers plans to retire this year. A true mark of his lasting impact can be seen in what fair leaders say about him.

     "Stephen is one of the most honest, forthright, and trustworthy persons that I have ever encountered. Stephen has an infectious enthusiasm that infuses itself into every person he meets and forms the basis of each and every interaction with them," stated 2017 WFA President Joseph Anderson of the Napa Town & Country Fair in Napa, Calif.

     "Stephen's passion for the fair industry is obvious once you start any conversation with him.  He is an ardent supporter of all the fairs and service providers. His role as leader of the Western Fairs Association will be one that will be hard to fill," stated WFA Treasurer Judy Carrico of the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, Calif.

     You can use our hashtag if you post this story on social media: #IAFE2017

     

    ABOUT IAFE

    The International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE), based in Springfield, Mo., is a voluntary, nonprofit corporation, serving state, provincial, regional, and county agricultural fairs, shows, exhibitions, and expositions. Its associate members include state and provincial associations of fairs, non-agricultural expositions and festivals, associations, corporations, and individuals engaged in providing products and services to its members, all of whom are interested in the improvement of fairs, shows, expositions, and allied fields.

    Contact: Rebekah Lee: rebekahl@fairsandexpos.com or 800-516-0313


  • Fri, December 01, 2017 4:55 PM | Anonymous

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    Rick Vymlatil Named 2018 Chair of IAFE
    Las Vegas, Nev. – November 29, 2017 – Rick Vymlatil, CFE, president/CEO of the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., in West Palm Beach, was elected the 2018 chair of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) today during the final business session of the 127th IAFE Annual Convention. The convention began Nov. 26 and continues through today at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev.

    Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Vymlatil became a Floridian when his parents relocated to Palm Beach County in 1961. He completed middle and high school there and received his associates degree from Palm Beach Junior College. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Wilmington College in 1974.

    Vymlatil began his fair career in November of 1982 as assistant general manager of the South Florida Fair. During his 35 year career, he also served as manager of the St. Lucie County Fair in Fort Pierce, Fla., for two and a half years and as executive director of the Florida State Fair in Tampa for eight years.

    Vymlatil has served as president/CEO of the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., since July 2004. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing every aspect of the fair and fairgrounds operations. He supervises a staff of 52 full time employees.

    Active in the fair industry, Vymlatil received his Certified Fair Executive designation from the IAFE in 1998. He has served as co-chair of the IAFE Management Conference Committee and previously served on the IAFE Industry Relations Committee. Prior to his current service to the IAFE Board, Vymlatil served as the IAFE Zone 2 director. He is a past chair of Florida Federation of Fairs, the Mid-West Fairs Association, and the Florida Festival & Events Association. He was inducted into the Florida Federation of Fairs Hall of Fame in 2003.

    Vymlatil is a trustee of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. He is also a board member of the Law Enforcement Assistance Foundation. He and his wife Denise reside in Tequesta, Fla., and are the proud grandparents of Lucas Harnek, 9, of Jacksonville Beach and Dane Vymlatil, 3 months, of Fort Lauderdale.

     

    You can use our hashtag if you post this story on social media: #IAFE2017

     

    ABOUT IAFE

    The International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE), based in Springfield, Mo., is a voluntary, nonprofit corporation, serving state, provincial, regional, and county agricultural fairs, shows, exhibitions, and expositions. Its associate members include state and provincial associations of fairs, non-agricultural expositions and festivals, associations, corporations, and individuals engaged in providing products and services to its members, all of whom are interested in the improvement of fairs, shows, expositions, and allied fields.

     


  • Fri, December 01, 2017 4:41 PM | Anonymous

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    Read the Legislative Update... "HERE"

  • Wed, November 22, 2017 3:28 PM | Anonymous

    U.S. Tightens Scrutiny for Skilled-Worker Visas

    Some see effort to slow immigration process as long overdue, while businesses say H-1B visas are needed to fill jobs

    Read entire store "HERE" 


    Wall Street Journal 

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