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2020 Convention Schedule - Friday

Minnesota federation of county fairs


FRIDAY

7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.MFCF Registration

Grand Ballroom Foyer

7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Convention Socialization

Bloomington Room

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.State Agricultural Society Office Open

Grand Ballroom Foyer

9:30 a.m.Sessions

10:30 a.m.Refreshment Break – Plaza Mall

Sponsored by Loret Foods

10:45 a.m.Sessions

12:00 Noon – 1:00 pm LUNCH

Grand Ballroom East – Ticket Required

1:00 p.m.Sessions

2:15 p.m.Sessions

3:15 p.m.Refreshment Break – Plaza Foyer

Sponsored by Schroder Concessions

3:45 p.m.Sessions

5:00 pm – 11:00 pmTrade Show Open

5:00 PM - MN County Fair Alumni Meeting6:00 p.m. MFCF Committee Meetings

AuditVista 2202

CredentialsVista 2204

ResolutionsVista 2205

Bloomington Room

6:30 Midwest Showmen’s Association Open House

Veranda Ballroom

7:00 pm – 10:00 pmSilent Auction Open

Bloomington Room

7:10 – 10:00 pm Showcase --- see page xx for the lineup

11:00 pm Trade Show Closes


9:30 a.m.


MN Department of Health Research Updates

Come hear from the MN Department of Health about the latest infectious disease research affecting livestock workers and also hear about a survey they conducted at the Minnesota State Fair in order to find out what the general public does and doesn’t know about agritourism.

Presenter:Carrie Klumb, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist, MN Dept of Health

Moderator:MN County Fair Alumni

Plaza 2


County Fair Boot Camp

Come and learn about some common calendar items for all fairs, hear about the MFCF, and its role in Minnesota's fairs.If you have any questions, this is a great place to ask them!

Presenters:Jodie Grabarski, MFCF District 4 Director and Kirk Peysar, MFCF Treasurer and District 6 Director

Plaza 1


Social Media Advertising - Is It Worth the Money?

“I thought boosting a post on Facebook would pay off”? If that’s something you are
confused about, we will explore the different options to Social Media Advertising
and the risks and benefits of placing ads, boosting posts or riding the wave.
We’ll give specific examples of what worked, how much was spent and help you
determine what’s the best route for your event.

Presenters:Jodi Buresh, CFE, Director of Partnerships – Saffire

Moderator:Troy Beise, Wright County

Edina Room


Intro to Google Docs

Come and learn the basics about Google Docs.

Presenters:TBD

Plaza 6


SHARING TABLE:Grandstand Events

Moderator:Don Merkens, MFCF District 9 Director

Plaza 5


SHARING TABLE:How Do You Get Kids to the Fair?

Moderator:Carol Schumann, MFCF District 1 Director

Plaza 3


10:45 a.m.

Get Streamlined, Get Focused, Get Organized

Do you need help “getting it all together?” If not, we’ll try to be friends anyway. But if so, join us as

we inspire you to create and live our priorities, streamline our workload so we have more time for what’s important and get organized to live our best life. Make sure you’ve had your coffee before attending this fast-paced session that will help you leave the convention on the right foot!

Presenter:Jodi Buresh, CFE, Director of Partnerships – Saffire

Moderator:Troy Beise, Wright County

Edina Room


Intro to Google Docs

Come and learn the basics about Google Docs.

Presenters:TBD

Moderator:TBD

Plaza 6

Open Meeting Law

Elected officials are legally required to conduct business in a public forum. A violation of the Open Meeting Law can affect the credibility of the organization and its leaders, as well as expose them to litigation, fines and penalties. Session highlights: what constitutes a meeting; when the governing body can legally close a meeting; how to properly notice, close and record meetings;penalties that can accompany violations of the Open Meeting Law; how MCIT coverage responds to claims that allege a violation of the Open Meeting Law.

Presenter: Karen Clayton Ebert, MCIT Senior Staff Counsel for Risk Control

Moderator:Dennis Van Moorlehem, MFCF District 2 Director

Plaza 1

Department of Agriculture County Fair Grant Update

Get an update on the grant programs (including both AGRI and Legacy funding) and learn what qualifies.Get tips for the application and close-out processes.

Presenter:Lisa Sawyer, Ag Marketing and Development, MN Dept of Ag

Moderator:Brian Carlson, MFCF District 8 Director

Plaza 5


Fair Board Electrical Safety Per the 2020 NEC

This presentation will be on electrical safety on Fairgrounds permanent and temporary structures, electrical licensing and inspection requirements, and how the 2020 National Electrical Code changes may affect the Fairgrounds.

Presenters:Steven Dudley, Senior Electrical Representative and Wade Schlie, Electrical Area Representative

Moderator: Jeff Potter, MFCF District 7 Director

Plaza 4


SHARING TABLE:Demolition Derbies: Rules and Specs

Moderator:Steve Hallan, MFCF District 3 Director

Plaza 2


SHARING TABLE:Fair Surveys

Moderator:Steve Storck, MFCF Vice President

Plaza 3


1:00 pm

Alcohol Awareness

Responsible service of alcohol.Attendees will receive a certificate of completion.

Presenter:Robert Foster, SALES Trainer, MN Licensed Beverage Association

Moderator:Leeann Moriarty and Raija Gustin, Aitkin County

Edina Room


Better Together: Partnering with 4-H

Come to this panel discussion and learn some of our keys to success to make our county fair and how we make partnerships work.

Panel:MN Extension Educators

Moderator:Kylene Lehmann, Wadena County

Plaza 6


Agricultural Society Loss Prevention Best Practices Guide

In this session we will be discussing safety and risk exposures associated with the operation of county fairs and ideas for mitigating these exposures. This discussion will follow the outline of the new “Agricultural Society Loss Prevention Best Practices Guide” created by Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust (MCIT). Each Agricultural Society in attendance will receive a copy of this guide.

Presenters:MCIT Loss Control Consultants, and MCIT Risk Management Consultants

Moderator:Kirk Peysar, MFCF Treasurer and District 6 Director

Plaza 1


Unrelated Business Income Tax

What is UBIT and how does this tax affect fairs?

Presenter:Dan Healy, MN Department of Revenue

Moderator:Dennis Van Moorlehem, MFCF District 2 Director

Plaza 4


SHARING TABLE: Bylaws

Bring a copy of your bylaws.The MFCF would like to create a library of fairs’ bylaws.

Moderator:Ray Erspamer, MFCF President and Jodie Grabarski, MFCF District 4 Director

Plaza 3


SHARING TABLE: Sponsorships

Moderator:Don Merkens, MFCF District 9 Director

Plaza 2


SHARING TABLE: Small Fairs: Carnival?Inflatables?

Moderator:Karin Hadoff, MFCF District 5 Director

Atrium 2


2:15 pm

Better Together: Partnering with 4-H

Come to this panel discussion and learn some of our keys to success to make our county fair and how we make partnerships work.

Panel: MN Extension Educators

Moderator:Jodie Grabarski, MFCF District 4 Director

Plaza 6

Buildings and Grounds Topics

Plannin

Presenter:

MN Department of Labor and Industry

Moderator: Steve Storck, VP MFCF

Atrium 2


Applying Technology in Livestock Shows

Learn about a variety of ways where technology can be used to enhance your event and communicate with exhibitors.

Presenter: Jill Nathe, MN State Fair

Moderator:Darin Lehmann, Wadena County

Plaza 1


Severe Weather Planning for Your Fair

Come to the class for a brief overview of different severe weather types, and what you need to be on the look out for.Also learn how you can put a plan into place for when severe weather happens during an event held on your grounds.

Presenters: Amanda Hill and Nick Elms, Prairie Wind Chasers Co.

Moderator:Jeff Potter, MFCF District 7 Director

Edina Room


Surviving a UBIT Audit

Come to this panel discussion to learn from people who have been through an audit.

Moderator:Dennis Van Moorlehem, MFCF District 2 Director

Plaza 3


SHARING TABLE: What did you do in 2019?Did it work?

Moderators:Mike Ahlers, Anoka County and Carol Schumann, MFCF District 1 Director

Plaza 2


SHARING TABLE: Hold My Beer!How do you handle alcohol on your fairgrounds?

Moderators:Don Merkens, MFCF District 9 Director

Plaza 4


3:30 pm

Severe Weather Planning for Your Fair

Come to the class for a brief overview of different severe weather types, and what you need to be on the look out for.Also learn how you can put a plan into place for when severe weather happens during an event held on your grounds.

Presenters: Amanda Hill and Nick Elms, Prairie Wind Chasers Co.

Moderator:Jeff Potter, MFCF District 7 Director

Edina Room


Growing An Ag Education Center on a Farmers Budget

How to grow an Ag Education Center on a limited budget.

Presenter:Emily Grunewald, Red River Valley Fair Livestock Coordinator and Big Iron Farm Show Coordinator

Moderator:Carol Schumann, MFCF District 1 Director

Plaza 5


Q & A on Sales Tax Exemption

Panel Discussion:Bring your questions on the sales tax exemption passed by the legislature in 2019.

Panel: Jodie Grabarski, MFCF District 4 Director, Kirk Peysar, MFCF Treasurer and District 6 Director

Plaza 4


Conflict of Interest

The session will provide guidance on recognizing and handling conflicts – or potential conflicts – that can threaten organizational integrity.

Presenter:Terry Morrow, Director of Policy and Legal Services, MSBA

Moderator:Steve Hallan, MFCF District 3 Director

Plaza 6


Building and Grounds Safety

[Description pending]

Presenter:MN Department of Labor and Industry

Moderator:Steve Storck, MFCF Vice President

Plaza 3


SHARING TABLE: Concessions Contracts:Exclusives?

Moderator:Karin Hadoff, MFCF District 5 Director

Plaza 2


SHARING TABLE: Handling Smoking, Vaping, Drones, Dogs…

Moderators:Don Merkens, MFCF District 9 Director

Plaza 1

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