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MAFE Scholarship Winners

MAFE received 16 scholarship applications from students representing 10 Michigan fair and associate members for the annual MAFE scholarship. Five $1,000 scholarships were announced at the 2015 Annual Convention.

Congratulation to Hunter Stewart from Lenawee Count Fair, Sarah Crosby from Kent County Youth Fair, Chandler Steele from Midland County Fair, Katelyn Walters from St. Joseph County Grange Fair and Amy Grace Shoop from Western MI Fair Association.

The board has approved the scholarship program for 2016 and will again be awarding five $1,000 scholarships to […]

By | February 14th, 2015|MAFE News|Comments Off on MAFE Scholarship Winners

Heritage Award

Every fair has those volunteers that for many years have been a huge part of the success of their fair.  The MAFE board awards the Heritage Award to honor our state’s outstanding long term volunteers.  Fairs couldn’t last without volunteers and the special people that do it year after year need a special award to say thank you.

In order to be eligible to receive this award, recipients must have a minimum of 10 years of […]

By | January 29th, 2015|MAFE News|Comments Off on Heritage Award

Volunteer of the Year

The Michigan Association of Fairs & Exhibitions recognizes that volunteers are the lifeblood of Fairs.  The annual Volunteer of the Year recognition program is designed to showcase the contributions made by volunteers throughout Michigan.  Volunteers represent close to $8.6 million annually in time, talents and in-kind contributions to Fairs.

The 2015 award winners are:

VOTY - Zellner


Pictured above: Overall Volunteer of the Year award winner Mary Zellner (Wayne […]

By | January 29th, 2015|MAFE News|Comments Off on Volunteer of the Year

2015 MAFE Hall of Fame

New for 2015, is the MAFE Hall of Fame Award. This program is  designed to recognize the service rendered to fairs, festivals and our industry by individual who have devoted their time and talents for no less than 20 years. Recognition of this award took place during the general session at the MAFE Convention.

Inductees included Fair Officials both current and present, Associates who have had a long term impact on our industry as well as governmental officials who were […]

By | January 29th, 2015|MAFE News|Comments Off on 2015 MAFE Hall of Fame

2015 Convention Evaluation form

Thank you to all that attended the 2015 MAFE convention. We had a great year with a lot of networking, learning and fun.

In order to continue to improve the convention we need your thoughts. Please fill out the below evaluation form and submit via mail, email or fax by January 25, 2015.

Convention Evaluation Form (PDF version)

Convention Evaluation Form (word version)

Thank you for your thoughts and feedback!

By | January 13th, 2015|MAFE News|Comments Off on 2015 Convention Evaluation form

Convention Brochure

Click here for the 2015 Convention brochure.

The information in the brochure includes workshop and tabletop sessions, convention map, entertainment contacts, banquet schedule, annual meeting agenda and much more.

Thank you to all our sponsors that make this event possible!

By | December 30th, 2014|MAFE Events|Comments Off on Convention Brochure

Convention Schedule

The 130th MAFE Convention is right around the corner!

Click the link below to view the schedule of events taking place January 8-10 at the Amway Grand Plaza and the DeVose Place.

130th MAFE Convention Schedule

Please note there are three tabs along the bottom including banquet schedule, annual meeting and general schedule.



By | December 5th, 2014|MAFE Events|Comments Off on Convention Schedule

Helpful hints for MDARD Capital Improvement Grant

Looking for a few helpful hints when filling out your MDARD County Fairs Capital Improvement Grant Program? Do you have some questions? Searching for strong grant ideas?

Check out the Common Questions for the County Fair Capital Improvement Grant Program document. This documents highlights common questions other fairs have asked, provides examples of strong/weak grant options and questions to keep in mind when filling out the your grant application.

The Capital Improvement Grant application can be found

By | October 20th, 2014|MAFE News, MDARD Update|Comments Off on Helpful hints for MDARD Capital Improvement Grant

2015 MAFE Convention Materials

All the 2015 MAFE Convention Materials are up on the website and ready to be filled out!

The following documents are available here:

Advertising Opportunities
Associate member cover letter
Associate member membership profile
Banquet flyer
Communication awards application
Convention registration
Fair/festival cover letter
Fair membership profile
Festival/event membership profile
Hall of Fame application
Heritage Award application
Hospitality room proposal
Hospitality room guidelines
Hotel reservation form (page 1 and 2)
Photo contact application
Showcase and Kids showcase application
Silent Auction donation form
Sponsorship levels
Spouse activity registration form
Tradeshow registration form
Volunteer of the Year application

Please contact […]

By | October 7th, 2014|MAFE Events|Comments Off on 2015 MAFE Convention Materials

Mark your calendar for the 2015 Convention!

The 130th MAFE Convention is right around the corner so mark your calendar!

Location: Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Date: January 8-10, 2015

Convention materials will be available the end of September so check back for more information. For immediate information contact Lisa Reiff at 517-317-4544 or

By | September 4th, 2014|MAFE Events|Comments Off on Mark your calendar for the 2015 Convention!