2024 Convention Schedule at a Glance
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2024 Convention Schedule At A Glance

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15

Fun Shoot & Giles Ellis Memorial Event 2024
Fun Shoot & Giles Ellis Memorial Event 2024
May 15, 2024 | 9:00 AM
4902 Firetower Rd.
Haines City, Florida 33844

50 Clays per Shooter • Ammunition (12 or 20 Gauge)
Lunch & Cart Included.
POLK SPORTING CLAYS
at FFA Leadership Training Center
Non-Shooters Welcome!
Come Out and Enjoy Watching the Shoot, Networking and Lunch.
Team of 4 Shooters
Team of 4 Shooters
May 15, 2024 | 9:00 AM
Registration for 4 Individuals
$600.00
Individual Shooter
Individual Shooter
May 15, 2024 | 9:00 AM
Registration for 1 Individual
$150.00
Non-Shooter
Non-Shooter
May 15, 2024 | 9:00 AM
Includes watching the shootout, networking, and food.
An additional $10 will be charged if registering on-site, day of event.
$25.00
YPI NETWORKING NIGHT OUT
YPI NETWORKING NIGHT OUT
May 15, 2024 | 6:00 PM
Andretti Karting - 9299 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819

All attendees must register & pay. All ages welcome! Questions: Jackie Stough or Michael Rogalsky
Join YPI for Fast Go Carts, Bowling, Arcade Games, Snacks, Cash Bar and Networking.
YPI Networking Night Out
YPI Networking Night Out
May 15, 2024 | 6:00 PM
$65.00

THURSDAY, MAY 16

Trade Show Setup
Trade Show Setup
May 16, 2024 | 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Vendors Only
Registration Open
Registration Open
May 16, 2024 | 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Caribbean East
Crowd Management
Crowd Management
May 16, 2024 | 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Boca I

Become a certified Crowd Manager by attending this session. Not accredited by IFM.
This Course is FREE, but requires pre-registration below.
The Florida Fire Prevention Code requires that all places of assembly must have at least (1) crowd manager or crowd manager supervisor.
ServSafe Course
ServSafe Course
May 16, 2024 | 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Boca III

Come renew or gain your 5-year national manager food certi?cation for all food managers (National Restaurant Certification). Not accredited by IFM.
Pre-registration & an additional fee is required
Board of Directors Meeting
Board of Directors Meeting
May 16, 2024 | 9:10 AM - 10:30 AM
Hibiscus Room
Unlock the Secrets of Human Resources Management
Unlock the Secrets of Human Resources Management
May 16, 2024 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Hibiscus Room

IFM #103 - Must be an IAFE Institute of Fair Management enrollee. To enroll, please register below.
Human Resources I (IFM #103) is an investment in your professional growth and the success of your organization. This session is specifically tailored for meeting attendees seeking to enhance their human resources management skills.
Ment A Minute
Ment A Minute
May 16, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Hibiscus Room

Whether you are new to the Convention, or a veteran attendee, please join us for Ment A Minute presented by the YPI Committee.
Trade Show Vendor Meeting
Trade Show Vendor Meeting
May 16, 2024 | 1:30 PM
Caribbean I-VII

Trade Show Stage
This is a mandatory meeting for all Trade Show participants.
Permit-less Carry & State Statue 790
Permit-less Carry & State Statue 790
May 16, 2024 | 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Boca I

Join us as we discuss Florida Statute 790, Permit-less Carry, and the effects it has on our fair industry.
This is a panel discussion to share what fairs have done to protect themselves, their patrons, and the general public with the new legislation.
Growing Your Agriculture Program
Growing Your Agriculture Program
May 16, 2024 | 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Boca II

Agriculture is the foundation of fairs across Florida. Come join the FFF Ag Committee and brainstorm creative ways to grow your Ag Education message
Commercial Vendors & Midways
Commercial Vendors & Midways
May 16, 2024 | 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Boca III

Is your Fair faced with “Vendor & Midway” layout’ challenges? What software do you use to assist with your fair layout?
Join us as we discuss the pros and cons of your strategy to ensure everyone is receiving the best traffic of crowds possible, with fairness to all.
Positive Impact Promotions
Positive Impact Promotions
May 16, 2024 | 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Boca V

Growth in attendance is what makes Fairs successful. Today, the general public is always looking for what the “best deal” is when deciding which day to attend. Join us here to share what’s trending at the Gate.
Trade Show Opens
Trade Show Opens
May 16, 2024 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Caribbean I-VII
Badge Required

SILENT AUCTION OPEN
SHOWCASES: Henry Rivera, represented by Henry Rivera Magic; Carless Vibes, represented by Creative Community Promotions and; The Birdman, represented by Joe Krathwohl.
PRESIDENT'S PARTY • Zone 2 Reception & Live Auction
PRESIDENT'S PARTY • Zone 2 Reception & Live Auction
May 16, 2024 | 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Grand Sierra A & B

SHOWCASE: Jason Byrd, represented by Jason Byrd Music; Jess Kellie Adams, represented by Variety Attractions.
IN MEMORY OF HAL PORTER. Wear your cowboy hat and boots!
Hospitality Open
Hospitality Open
May 16, 2024 | 10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Villas

FRIDAY, MAY 17

Registration Open
Registration Open
May 17, 2024 | 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Caribbean East
What’s New In Fair Software
What’s New In Fair Software
May 17, 2024 | 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Boca I

Are you looking to improve how you keep your Fair organized?
The Hardee County Fair has developed new software that has addressed their needs for a competitive event, livestock entries and so much more. Join us to hear about their new development.
USDA Livestock Meat Processing Partners
USDA Livestock Meat Processing Partners
May 17, 2024 | 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Hibiscus Room

Join us for a Q&A with some of our livestock partner processors for terminal sales.
Insurance Updates for our Industry
Insurance Updates for our Industry
May 17, 2024 | 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Boca II

The state of the insurance industry is ever changing and costs continue to rise. Insurance is a must for all Fairs so let’s learn about the hot topics currently affecting the industry.
Let’s Talk Entertainment
Let’s Talk Entertainment
May 17, 2024 | 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Boca III

Entertainment options are plentiful in the fair industry. Join us here to discuss what works for your grounds when it comes to Strolling v. Stage Shows, and small Fairs v. large Fairs.
Gather insight from the ones who work with the entertainers and understand what their needs are in order to give you the best product and show possible.
OPENING SESSION
OPENING SESSION
May 17, 2024 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Grand Sierra A & B


- Keynote Speaker: Patrick Grady
- Associate of the Year Award
- Business Meeting
Fighting Ticket Fraud & Fraudsters
Fighting Ticket Fraud & Fraudsters
May 17, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Boca III

Protect and prepare yourselves to keep your event revenue yours. We’ll look at some industry trends and truths surrounding fraud and chargebacks and ways you can work with your partners.
Clear Bags & Gate Safety Procedures
Clear Bags & Gate Safety Procedures
May 17, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Boca I

Safety is at the forefront of all Fair Managers’ minds. What is your Fair doing to keep your patrons safe and happy?
Hear from Fairs that have moved to clear bags and the challenges that come with it, along with the Youth Admission Policies that are becoming more prevalent.
iscovering YOU: Personalities & Perspectives
iscovering YOU: Personalities & Perspectives
May 17, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Boca II

Come take a deeper dive into learning more about who you are and how to better work with all the workforce personalities! You may be surprised by what color fits you best!
FDACS: Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Update
FDACS: Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Update
May 17, 2024 | 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Hibiscus Room

Hear updates from the FDACS, Division of Animal Industry on how to keep livestock healthy at your Fair.
Understanding Florida Statute Chapter 616 & Your Fair Permit/Grants
Understanding Florida Statute Chapter 616 & Your Fair Permit/Grants
May 17, 2024 | 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Hibiscus Room

Join us here for a review of Chapter 616 and what’s required to maintain your Fair Permit, as well as the related issues of public records as it relates to our Fair Associations.
Presented by: Susie McKinley Director Marketing & Development FDACS, Eric Sespico Assistant Director of Marketing & Development FDACS, Jared Gardener Senior Attorney
How Do You Tell Your Story through Marketing
How Do You Tell Your Story through Marketing
May 17, 2024 | 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Boca I


Beyond Banners/Engaging the Community/Sponsorship Level & Givebacks
How do you market your Fair story to the public? Join us here to share what’s working on the Marketing Front and to discuss the varying and creative ways we can market our story and engage our Community and Sponsors.
NICA, OABA, UCA Updates
NICA, OABA, UCA Updates
May 17, 2024 | 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Boca III


Beyond Banners/Engaging the Community/Sponsorship Level & Givebacks
Presented By: Greg Chiecko OABA, Joe Potillo NICA, Samantha Fairlie UCA
TRADE SHOW OPEN
TRADE SHOW OPEN
May 17, 2024 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Caribbean I-VII

Badge Required

SILENT AUCTION OPEN
TOAST FOR ASSOCIATE OF THE YEAR
SHOWCASES: TJ Hill Magic, represented by David Yugar Productions
GREAT CASH GIVEAWAY
SHOWCASES
SHOWCASES
May 17, 2024 | 8:45 PM - 10:10 PM
Caribbean Ballroom Portico

Mobile Milking Demonstrations & Learning, represented by The Florida Ag Experience; Laura J Aerialist, represented by Laura Jurkiewicz; KTS BMX Stunt Show, represented by Ricky Rogers
Hospitality Open
Hospitality Open
May 17, 2024 | 9:30 PM - 11:15 PM
Foyer & Villas

SATURDAY, MAY 18

Registration Open
Registration Open
May 18, 2024 | 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Caribbean East
Continental Breakfast
Continental Breakfast
May 18, 2024 | 8:00 AM
Trade Show Foyer

Ticket Required
TRADE SHOW Wrap-Up Meeting
TRADE SHOW Wrap-Up Meeting
May 18, 2024 | 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Caribbean I-VII

Trade Show Open
Trade Show Open
May 18, 2024 | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Caribbean I-VII

10:00 AM - Silent Auction Closes
10:30 AM - Door Prize Drawing
ZONE 2 MEETING
ZONE 2 MEETING
May 18, 2024 | 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Hibiscus Room

Kelly Collins, Zone 2 Chair, West Virginia State Fair
Everything Safety A to Z
Everything Safety A to Z
May 18, 2024 | 11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
Boca I

Join us for this lengthy discussion of Safety and Security as we go through the alphabet of topics. Bring your questions!
Ideas, Displays on a Budget & Judging Viewpoint
Ideas, Displays on a Budget & Judging Viewpoint
May 18, 2024 | 11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
Boca II

Join us to discuss our Competitive Exhibit programs and see what displays and new classes and competitions are trending and how they can be modified if necessary to enable you to incorporate them easily.
Sale Day Dos & Don’ts
Sale Day Dos & Don’ts
May 18, 2024 | 11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
Hibiscus Room

What are your procedures for sale day? Do you require exhibitor gifts? Buyers Dinner? Add Ons?
Where Do You See Your Fair in 10 Years?
Where Do You See Your Fair in 10 Years?
May 18, 2024 | 11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
Boca III

What are your procedures for sale day? Do you require exhibitor gifts? Buyers Dinner? Add Ons?
Board of Directors Meeting
Board of Directors Meeting
May 18, 2024 | 3:00 PM
Hisbiscus Room

Election of Officers
Photograph Session
Photograph Session
May 18, 2024 | 5:00 PM
Meet at Boca Foyer

Current & Newly Elected Board Members, Past Presidents, Hall of Fame Members and Associates of the Year
Gala Reception
Gala Reception
May 18, 2024 | 6:00 PM
Caribbean Foyer

STROLLING SHOWCASES: Eric Reamer Mentalist, represented by Stagewest Productions; Living Zultar, represented by Robert Nash; BOTT the Robot, represented by Mark Dobson.
COWBOY UP! 2024 GALA
COWBOY UP! 2024 GALA
May 18, 2024 | 6:30 PM
Caribbean Ballroom

In Remembrance; Year in Review Video; Agriculture Awards; Directory Cover Winners; Fair Awards; Scholarships; YPI Rising Star Award; Hall of Fame Recipient; Milk Toast for Incoming President & Hall of Fame Recipient
Master of Ceremonies: Brad Matchett
SHOWCASE: Pure Country, represented by E.J. Feehan

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

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