Members and Membership

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2017 MAFE Festival Membership application
2017 MAFE Fair Membership app
2017 MAFE Associate Membership app


Michigan Association of Fairs & Exhibitions (MAFE) membership is a must for people within the fair industry.
We offer educational and networking opportunities that only our association can offer.
Listed below are details of some of our MAFE membership services.
Through a MAFE membership one is entitled to The Grandstand, a quarterly newsletter published by M.A.F.E. designed to give our members current information and ideas relative to the fair industry. A complimentary annual Fair Date List and Directory is also published for members only. This document includes listings of all fair and festival members with contact names, addresses, phone numbers and pertinent facts such as attendance figures. This information is extremely valuable for networking and establishing business contacts. The Date List and Directories are distributed to all Fairs, Festivals, Organizations and Associate members who are current members.

Membership also entitles one to attend the M.A.F.E. Convention. The convention is held annually in January at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. Information regarding the Convention is mailed out in the Fall. The convention gives our members the opportunity to attend workshops, table topics, other informative activities, and allow members to network with all the fair, festival and associate members.

It has always been essential for associations to have access to the information flowing through the offices of state government. MAFE also employs full-time legislative consultants to follow important bills and laws pertaining to the fair industry as to keep our members informed on the latest legislative issues.

This briefly describes the many benefits of being a Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitions member.
Please call our MAFE Office at 517.317.4544 for details on how to become a member.

Membership consists of 3 categories:

1. Regular Members – Any corporation or organization or fair, agency or other person actually and directly engaged in promoting and conducting fairs, agricultural exhibitions or shows, and described in “Act 80” of the Public Acts of 1855, as amended, “Act 11” of the Public Acts of 1929, or comparable legislation.

Each regular member shall be assigned to one of the following six zones, such assignment to be made based on the location of the principal activities of such regular member:

Zone One – Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Eaton, Hillsdale,
Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties.

Zone Two – Genesee, Ingham, Jackson, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb,
Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Zone Three – Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon,
Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola and Ottawa counties.

Zone Four – Arenac, Bay, Clare, Clinton, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella,
Midland, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee and Tuscola counties.

Zone Five – Alcona, Alpena, Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Crawford,
Emmet, Grand Traverse, Iosco, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee,
Missaukee, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle,
Roscommon and Wexford counties.

Zone Six – All Upper Peninsula counties.

2. Associate Members – Any corporation or organization or firm, agency or other person directly engaged in performing a service for a regular or Festival member.

3. Festival Members – Any corporation or organization or municipality directly engaged in promoting and conducting a Festival.

Future Convention dates – 2017-2020

132nd Convention – January 12-14, 2017
133rd Convention – January 11-13, 2018
134th Convention – January 10-12, 2019
135th Convention – January 9-11, 2020

We are always looking for volunteers to become involved with the Michigan Association of Fairs & Exhibitions.

There are committees related matters of the Association and committees involving the Convention.

The following are several committees that you may consider volunteering:

 Association  Convention
 Audit Committee Banquet Committee
 By-Laws Committee Raffle Ticket Sales Committee
 Communications Awards Committee Showcase Committee
 Finance Committee  Silent Auction Committee
 Harness Racing Committee  Spouse Activities Committee 
 Legislative Committee  Trade Show Committee 
 Personnel Committee  Workshop – Table Topics Committee 
 ResolutionsCommittee
 Volunteer of the Year Committee