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Specialty Seminars

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T3 Trade, Treats, & Traditions Specialty Seminar

Focus: Commercial Exhibits, Concessions, Competitive Exhibits
Feb. 9-10, 2018
Sheraton Tampa Brandon Hotel
Tampa, Fla.

Cancelation Policy

50% refund. Deadline: Feb. 10, 2018. Written notice (mail or email) must be received by the deadline to receive a 50% refund. Email letters to .


Thursday, Feb. 8
3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. -- Registration

Friday, Feb. 9
7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. -- Registration
9:00 a.m. -- Bus Departs for Florida State Fair
9:30 a.m. -- Fair Industry Appreciation Day
1:00 p.m. -- Depart fair
2:00 p.m. -- Workshops
6:00 p.m. -- Reception
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. -- Dinner

Saturday, Feb. 10
7:30 a.m.-8:15 a.m. -- Breakfast and Round Tables
8:30 a.m. -- Workshops
12:00 Noon-1:15 p.m. -- Lunch and Round Tables
1:30 p.m. -- Workshops
6:00 p.m. -- Dinner

Click here for the full program.

Airport-Hotel Transportation Offer for IAFE Attendees

Attendees can use this customized booking link and enter the code provided in it (NXQNV) when making transportation reservations. This code can also be used on the SuperShuttle app, SuperShuttle.com or via phone at 1-800 BLUE VAN.

The discounted shared ride rate from TPA to the Sheraton is just $18.00. The discount also offers up to $10.00 off on our ExecuCar private car/SUV airport transfer services.

Come Early, Stay Late

There are a number of events to attend outside of the T3 Seminar. Come early and stay late for these great events.


Past Handouts (search under the "Meeting Handout" category)

The Specialty Seminars feature a different focus in a three-year rotation. This event is perfect for the "specialist" at your fair, be it staff or volunteer, working in one of these three areas:

  • 2019 - Tools of the Trade - agriculture, physical plant operations, and year-round facility usage. Designed for agricultural program and livestock show personnel as well as maintenance and operations staff. Features in‐depth discussions, presentations and networking galore. Hosted by the Indiana State Fair. April 16-18, 2019 at the Westin Indianapolis.

  • 2020 - Impact and Impressions - sponsorship and advertising/PR. Stay up to speed with this fast‐paced seminar focusing on marketing the fair and maximizing sponsorships.

  • 2021 - Trade, Treats, Traditions - concessions, commercial exhibits & competitive exhibits. Share ideas on best practices in booth layout, exhibitor selection, rules and management of the vendors. Learn about the latest in food trends. Get creative with new contests display techniques for things like quilts, photos, arts & crafts.


For any questions, please contact Kate at .

Interested in attending? Here's what past attendees have said...

"There is not one Fair or person who stands up and says, “This is the right way.” Instead, we participate in conversations to learn what has and what has not worked at other fairs/events. The environment is accepting and people feel comfortable to share and to ask questions."

Jaime Parr, CFE, Nebraska State Fair