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son I think every conces- sionaire should attend state and national fair conven- tions. Jeff and I have been active in the Florida Federa- tion of Fairs for over 25 years. I don’t remember who told us, as new con- cessionaires, that we need- ed to get involved, but I would love to tell them thank them. It has been a valuable asset to our business. The opportunities to net- work and to see things from the Fair managements angle are endless at these events. Florida Fed of Fairs and IAFE Zone 2 met in St. Augus-

Kathy Ross, President NICA

tine at the World of Golf resort, May 15-19. Thirty Florida fairs were represented, 12 Zone 2 fairs were represented by 28 people and almost 500 attended from Florida fairs and associates. The trade show was sold out at 106 trade show booths and 160 associates in attendance. These numbers were gathered before the on sight registration was open. The Giles Ellis Memorial Golf Tournament and YPI Mix& Mingle Haunted Pub Tour kept everyone busy on Wednesday afternoon and night. The golf tournament had over 50 players and the Pub crawl had over 50 crawlers. Thursday’s programming focused on Security and Emer- gency Preparedness; this session was very well attend- ed. The Florida fair industry has many former law en- forcement officers now serving on fair boards, in this session they shared their knowledge with their fellow

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fairs. Friday’s agenda was filled with great sessions and a cash give away in the trade show. The YPI committee “took over” the GREEN room on Friday night, offering many opportunities to play a game or two and network. Saturday started with the IAFE Zone 2 meeting. The zone is very active and is looking forward to the Convention in San Antonio Dec, 1-4. Jessica Underburg, IAFE chair spoke about her theme, Champions of Change. Marla Cali- co CEO of the IAFE shared that the hotel rooms will be available to reserve on May 29th. She also encouraged fairs to use the online library available, it offers many nec- essary documents and signage. Former NICA President Greg Miller presented Zone 2 with a $1000 scholarship to assist any IAFE member to attend the San Antonio conven- tion. NICA is offering five hundred dollar scholarships to First

Timer’s wanting to attend the IAFE or WFA convention. The Board of Directors felt it was important to assist first time attendees to these events. We are offering 5 scholar- ships. Look for the details in our Executive Directors arti- cle. We encourage you to join us in a great networking opportunity. At Saturday nights Gala I was awarded the Associate of

the Year award by the Florida Federation of Fairs and Live- stock shows. This was a humbling experience, I do not feel that I do anything above what should be done. I also feel you get out of an opportunity what you put into it. I would like to thank those that nominated me and the com- mittee that chose me. Thank you. If there is any one secret to my success it lies in the friends and family that support me. Together we Can.

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Associate of the Year—Kathy Ross

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