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  • Thu, November 15, 2018 5:23 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    The IAFE Annual Convention & Trade Show is almost here; your staff has been busy all week packing boxes to depart for the convention. It is time for the last minute details that will help you plan for YOUR trip to San Antonio!

    Our office will close early on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and will remain closed until Monday, Dec. 3 when we are all back from the 2018 Convention.

    What to Pack

    Most events will be business casual dress. Exceptions would be the Raisin’ for a Reason "Whiskey & Wagons" on Sunday, Nov. 26. Dress is cowboy chic for this ticketed event which is the fundraiser for the IAFE Education Foundation. You also might want to dress up for photos taken of winners at the awards events and general sessions.

    • COMFORTABLE SHOES to explore the Riverwalk
    • Pack your device. We will have a Tech Pavilion. This is a technology area,that is BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
    • Business Cards - You are going to meet lots of great Fair People.

    To Do Before You Leave

    1. Have you arranged for transportation from the airport? SuperShuttle is offering a convention rate. Use this link
    2. Downloaded the IAFE 2018 App? Created your profile and schedule?
    3. Check the weather! San Antonio is generally a very pleasant place to be in November, with average daytime highs in the 70s and evening temperature in the low 50s at night.

    What Is New?

    Arriving early to get the lay of the land? Join one of the walking tours from your hotel (Courtyard, Hilton Palacio del Rio, La Quinta, Menger, and Residence Inn) to the Convention Center.

    Happy Hour on Monday & Tuesday. This is a place for everyone to gather before going out for the night. Wear your wristband each night for two free drinks.

    Want to participate in the Story Grip Session? There are just a few more spots to pre-reserve your spot for this interactive session. Stop by the Registration Desk to register.

    Legend Led and Power Talks are all new learning events at the IAFE Convention. You can grab a bite to eat at one of the quick serve Convention stands and participate in the "Lunch and Learn" even if you did not purchase a meal ticket (none will be sold on site).

    Blast Off! The fast-paced Monday morning session is not to be missed! You're in for some great surprises and you'll go straight from this into the very important Zone meetings.

    Purchased a Lunch Ticket? No tickets to keep track of, wear your badge. The plate & fork on your badge is your ticket.

    Not New, But Cool

    There are over 122 different educational sessions to choose from. The app will help you design your schedule.

    The Ed Shed made the trip to San Antonio. It will contain all the tools you need to improve your fair. The Ed Shed is the home to the Camp Fire Sessions, Training Corral (workshop classroom), Legend Led, IAFE Contest displays, Department of Homeland Security booth, Verified Volunteers Booth, Accessibility Booth and a general place to network.

    All sessions and the trade show will be in Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

    Registration opens in the convention center on Saturday afternoon for pre-registered attendees from 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. registration will open for Trade Show exhibitors and anyone who needs to register or add a session. You will have time to pick up your badge and head right to the first education session. You will need your badge first. "How to Market Your Facilities" (an IFM course) will begin at 8:30 a.m. Sunday in Rooms 221B/C/D.

    2019 Committees will meet for the first time on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 1:15 pm . Check the App/Program for location and join in on the fun.

    If you find you have a couple of free hours, and would like the opportunity to meet some new people, please consider volunteering in the Ed Shed, or helping people find their way to their sessions. We could use a few more volunteers. Click here to volunteer.

    Please post on social media during the Convention using #IAFE2018.


  • Thu, November 15, 2018 5:06 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    Day two of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) was another busy day of large crowds, new announcements and educational sessions. [read more]

  • Thu, November 15, 2018 4:36 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)


    Rain Dampened The State Fair of Texas Revenue by Millions

    Posted on November 15, 2018

    Dallas (WBAP/KLIF) – The State Fair of Texas saw a dramatic drop in coupon sale revenue this year. According to the Dallas Morning News, the fair sold 45-million dollars worth of coupons, which typically makes up most of its revenue.That’s nine-million dollars less than last year, and 11-million less than the record set two years ago. The record rainfall during the fair’s run this year is considered to be one of the biggest reasons for the drop.

    (Copyright 2018 WBAP/KLIF 24/7 News. This report contains material from the Dallas Morning News)
    Filed Under: 24/7 Newsroom NewsPromo ReelWBAP 24/7 News

  • Thu, November 15, 2018 2:14 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    On The Earie     
    by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    Time flies, and it's hard for me to believe that the Homecoming Barbecue of the International Independent Showmen's Association is Sunday, Nov. 18, in Gibsonton, Fla., right after the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions convention ends in Orlando. [read more]


  • Thu, November 15, 2018 6:32 AM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)
    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*  
            Change from
      10/29/18 11/05/18 11/12/18   week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.355 3.338 3.317   values are down -0.021 values are up 0.402
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.346 3.329 3.314   values are down -0.015 values are up 0.430
    New England (PADD1A) 3.365 3.362 3.356   values are down -0.006 values are up 0.506
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.523 3.498 3.483   values are down -0.015 values are up 0.465
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 3.217 3.205 3.187   values are down -0.018 values are up 0.392
    Midwest (PADD2) 3.310 3.286 3.262   values are down -0.024 values are up 0.378
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 3.117 3.106 3.085   values are down -0.021 values are up 0.388
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.405 3.398 3.378   values are down -0.020 values are up 0.386
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.848 3.833 3.807   values are down -0.026 values are up 0.417
    West Coast less California 3.564 3.538 3.514   values are down -0.024 values are up 0.394
    California 4.074 4.068 4.040   values are down -0.028 values are up 0.430
    *prices include all taxes


  • Thu, November 15, 2018 6:24 AM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    Animal Issues Legislative Update

    There are new items on the Pending Legislation chart for your reference, including some new bills in Virginia that have been pre-filed for the 2019 legislative session.

    To follow up on the news I sent you earlier this week regarding the city of Bridgeport ban on wild and exotic animals in performances and traveling exhibitions, I obtained a copy of the final ordinance from the City Clerk today (see attached). The public hearing notice was published on Friday Nov. 2, for a Committee meeting on Monday, Nov. 5. The full City Council met immediately after the Committee meeting on Monday, and the ordinance was included on the Council agenda for a vote. The ordinance has been sent to the Mayor for signature. The timing and short notice of the public hearing certainly helped with passing the ordinance -- with the hearing being announced on a Friday, and with all the distractions of the election on Tuesday, I'm sure supporters of the ordinance were trying to make sure no one from the industry would reach out to City Council members before the vote was held on Monday. [read more]


  • Thu, November 08, 2018 5:25 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)



    GEDDES, N.Y. (AP) - The new Exposition Center at the New York State Fair will be hosting the first drone racing competition ever held in upstate New York.
    State officials say the Empire Drone Expo and Racing Competition will be held Nov. 17-18 at the fairgrounds in the Syracuse suburb of Geddes.
    The event will feature a micro-drone race, drone pilot training classes and exhibits highlighting upstate drone technology companies.
    Local groups including Finger Lakes Drone Racing are organizing the event. Admission is free. [read more]



  • Thu, November 08, 2018 4:30 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)


  • Thu, November 08, 2018 3:53 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*  
    (dollars per gallon)

     

     

     

     

     

    Change from

     

    10/22/18

    10/29/18

    11/05/18

     

    week ago

    year ago

    U.S.

    3.380

    3.355

    3.338

     

    values are down -0.017

    values are up 0.456

    East Coast (PADD1)

    3.369

    3.346

    3.329

     

    values are down -0.017

    values are up 0.481

    New England (PADD1A)

    3.368

    3.365

    3.362

     

    values are down -0.003

    values are up 0.550

    Central Atlantic (PADD1B)

    3.533

    3.523

    3.498

     

    values are down -0.025

    values are up 0.523

    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C)

    3.254

    3.217

    3.205

     

    values are down -0.012

    values are up 0.441

    Midwest (PADD2)

    3.333

    3.310

    3.286

     

    values are down -0.024

    values are up 0.425

    Gulf Coast (PADD3)

    3.152

    3.117

    3.106

     

    values are down -0.011

    values are up 0.438

    Rocky Mountain (PADD4)

    3.408

    3.405

    3.398

     

    values are down -0.007

    values are up 0.433

    West Coast (PADD5)

    3.871

    3.848

    3.833

     

    values are down -0.015

    values are up 0.501

    West Coast less California

    3.587

    3.564

    3.538

     

    values are down -0.026

    values are up 0.463

    California

    4.096

    4.074

    4.068

     

    values are down -0.006

    values are up 0.527

    Information from www.eia.org
    *prices include all taxes


  • Thu, November 08, 2018 3:47 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    Animal Issues Legislative Update [read more]

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