HATS OFF TO THE
TENNESSEE VALLEY FAIR
For hosting a great
IAFE Conference Zone 3 & 6
The Knoxville Crowne Plaza was a great location for hosting the annual meeting. The Crowne Plaza website states “Our hotel’s location in Knoxville, TN is in the midst of a very vibrant and exciting community. But our hotel, with its relaxed, European feel, is also a great place to escape the hustle and bustle.” The hotel’s event space was ample and the staff were very helpful and pleasant to work with.
The Tennessee Valley Fair staff and volunteers did an amazing job with registration, smoothly getting everyone signed in for an event filled weekend. There were a good number representing the Tennessee Association of Fairs, with members from Appalachian Fair, DeKalb Co., Fentress Co., Greene County Fair, Lincoln Co., Sevier Co., Tennessee State Fair, Tennessee Valley Fair, Williamson Co., and Wilson Co. Fair.
Ruthie Jeans, Brenda Pierce-Williams and Emily Pitcock – members of the Tennessee Associations of Fairs at registration. Every one received a itinerary, name badge and a gift bag of goodies.
Great gift items in the silent auction.
Great hosting by Tennessee Valley Fair
Opening by Scott Suchomski
There were lots of educational information provided over the weekend including the following:
Wish Bones & Water Boys, IAFE Institute of Fair Management Course: Principles of Food and Beverage presented by Rey O’Day, NICA West. Ms. O’Day’s presentation was very informative.
The History of Mountain Dew presented by Donald Tatum, Pepsi Co. – VERY INTERESTING to learn what they were trying to make in the early days of the production of Mtn. Dew.
A super interesting and fun activity was the Fundamentals of Blocking and Tackling Competitive Exhibits: Lego Extravaganza, presented by Paula Suchomski and Robin Marsh, Beyond the Brick.