A 20-member delegation from the Indiana Association of Fairs, Festivals, and Events (IAFFE) will visit the 2012 Fulton County Fair Sept. 1-2 with one purpose in mind: to learn more about what it takes to put together a successful county fair.
“The Fulton County Fair has a reputation as an outstanding county fair run by dedicated, committed volunteers,” said Lonnie Steele, IAFFE’s coordinator of leadership development and the retired manager of the Porter County Fair, one of 90 county fairs held each year in Indiana.
“Our goal at the Leadership Institute is to share the good things we do so we can all have better fairs.
“We know that this trip to Fulton County will be a good learning experience for us.”
According to Mr. Steele, the group is particularly interested in the role volunteers play in the success of the Fulton County Fair.
Among other topics the group hopes to explore during its trip to the fair are fair financing, selecting big-name entertainment, the Fulton County Fair Board Auxiliary, and the Golden Wedding Anniversary Party.
Leadership Institute delegates will also shadow select Fulton County Fair Board members.
Other fairs that Institute delegates have visited since the organization’s founding three years ago include the Minnesota and Kentucky State Fairs.