About

International Association 
of Fairs & Expositions

IAFE is a voluntary, not-for-profit corporation serving state, provincial, regional, and county agricultural fairs, shows, exhibitions, and expositions. Its associate members include state and provincial associations of fairs, non-agricultural expositions and festivals, associations, corporations, and individuals engaged in providing products and services to its members, all interested in improving fairs and allied fields.

Our Mission

To lead in representing and facilitating the evolving interests of agricultural fairs, exhibitions, and show associations.

Humble Beginnings, Since 1885

The IAFE began in 1885 with a half-dozen fairs. Today, the IAFE represents more than 1,100 fairs worldwide and more than 900 members from allied fields. Throughout the years, the IAFE has remained true to its purpose of promoting and encouraging the development and improvement of agricultural fairs, shows, and expositions.

The IAFE: Beyond 2019

The IAFE has adopted a Strategic Plan to utilize its resources to achieve its mission and vision further. See Our Plan:

The IAFE is governed by a board of directors comprising 18 elected members, and the board selects the president and CEO as ex-officio directors. The directors include a chair, two immediate past chairs, two vice chairs, a treasurer, a representative of the Federation of State and Provincial Associations of Fairs, a representative of the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions, eight directors elected from and representing each of the eight zones in the United States and Canada, and two directors at large from associate members.

What is a fair?

According to the dictionary, a fair is a competitive exhibition (as of farm products), usually with accompanying entertainment and amusements. Have you been to a fair recently? Think about all the things you saw. You probably observed the usual entertainment food, such as cotton candy. There might have been a few of the traditional rides, like the ferris wheel. But the key difference between a fair and a festival or carnival is the fact that a fair has several contests involving farm animals or produce; you will always see various animals or the best-grown vegetables at a fair.