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Arizona Fairs Association

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The Arizona Fairs Association (AFA) is dedicated to the advancement of the fair industry. Here at the official website of the Arizona Fairs Association, you can learn more about our members, associate members, upcoming events, fair dates, or how to become a member and help support the association.

The AFA is a voluntary, not-for-profit corporation, serving Arizona, and Arizona county agricultural fairs, shows, exhibitions, and expositions. AFA’s associate members include non-agricultural expositions and festivals, associations, corporations, and individuals engaged in providing products and services to our member fairs—all of whom contribute to the success of our events.

Arizona Fairs Association History

AFA was formed in 1977 with 22 member fairs—the first convention was held in 1978. Today, our organization represents 20 fairs from around the great state of Arizona, and dozens of associate members from allied fields. AFA continues to further and promote its charter goal of developing and improving agricultural fairs, shows, and expositions.

What is a fair?

A fair is a competitive exhibition (for example, farm products), which is typically accompanied by supporting entertainment and amusement activities, such as dances, performers, food vendors, carnivals, rodeos, and the like. The primary difference between a fair and a festival or carnival are the numerous competitions involving farm animals or produce.

Arizona Fairs Association Governing Board

The Arizona Fairs Association is governed by a board of directors consisting of 12 elected members and the president who is selected by the board. The directors include a chair, two immediate past chairs, two vice chairs, a treasurer, and directors chosen at large from associate members.

2020 Update from AFA President Eric Wofford

Greetings Arizona Fairs and Associate Members,

I just wanted to reach out to everybody as the Arizona Fair season quickly approaches to wish everybody a safe and successful fair season.  As we look forward to our fairs and upcoming events, I believe that we continue to produce the best fairs and events around due to the relationships we have between our members and associate members. I look forward to the sharing of stories about the success of these events throughout the next year.  It has been a whirlwind of a season so far; everything from the legislative issues that we’ve been dealing with to the recent Coronavirus.  I have faith in each and every one of you that whether you’re dealing with a legislative issue, a county or city issue,  issues that pertain to your independent business, or illness that spreads like the flu that each of you will do your due diligence to protect those who participate and attend your event this season.  I encourage you to reach out to your county health department and partner with them to send out the proper messaging for your community.  Obviously, let’s not forget to have a great time doing what we love and creating memories that will last a lifetime!  Please do not hesitate to reach out as needed and best of luck!

Thank You,

Eric Wofford

President, Arizona Fairs Association

For More Information

For more information about AFA, contact Coleen Gilboy at fair@vvfair.com