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Have you taken a look at what your Agriculture Competitive Programming Portfolio looks like on your fairgrounds? Explore the basic components of Competitive Agricultural Programming. The instructor-led course, provided by the IAFE Education Foundation, identifies the value of successful competitive events, logistics, procedures, and effective exhibitor communication. Gain tools to improve your fairs Competitive Agricultural Programming. Presented by Jen Cannon, CFE - Iowa State Fair
Jen Cannon, CFE - is the Competitive Events Director for the Iowa State Fair where she is responsible for over 65,000 entries in everything from livestock to fine art and also oversees Agriculture Education programming. Jen had been with the Iowa State Fair for 13 years and prior to her current position was the Sponsorship Director with the Blue Ribbon Foundation. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Central College majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis is marketing and a minor in communications. Jen graduated from the International Association of Fairs and Expos (IAFE) Institute of Fair Management in 2010. She is active in the North American Livestock and Rodeo Managers Association and the IAFE Agriculture Committee. Jen and her husband, Tom, have two sons, Lane and Trey. They all work together to operate a purebred Charolais herd in central Iowa and participate in cattle shows throughout the country.
Each year one course is offered at all Zone meetings (as well as WFA and RMAF for those folks in Zones 7 and 8.
Once a year, various fairs throughout the United States and Canada gather to their respective zone's meeting. This zone meeting provides networking opportunities, workshops, and insights that are beyond state boundaries but still within a specific region. The meeting place often changes from year to year. Zones 7 and 8 generally have a meeting session during the Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs Convention (Zone 7) and Western Fairs Association Convention (Zone 8).
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