December 2017
North Carolina Association of Festivals & Events 
Welcome to the NCAF&E Monthly Newsletter
ShowFest 2018! ... Registration Open!

We are looking forward to  ShowFest 2018 set for Jan. 28-29, 2018 in Charlotte, NC at the Hilton University Place Hotel.

To register on line... CLICK HERE
To download the brochure (.pdf) and send with your payment ... CLICK HERE

The University Hilton has reserved a block of rooms at a special conference rate of $105. Make your reservation early! The special rate is good until Jan. 13, 2018. 
To make reservations by phone, call the University Hilton at 704-547-7444 and use reservation code NCAFE.
Keynote Speaker: Jeff English
Jeff English, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Kentucky Derby Festival

Business of Fun (Keynote): The Kentucky Derby Festival is a two week celebration of 70 events that requires over 4000 volunteers, 23 full-time staff members, and a 75 member Board of Directors. The story of the Festival and its place in the community spans over 60 years, from its early beginnings as a nighttime parade, to the spectacle it is today entertaining
1.5 million people annually. With all of the fun the Festival provides, the challenges of sponsorship, board relations, governmental regulations, and communications are constant. We’ll review the Festival’s history and also dive deep into what makes the Kentucky Derby Festival the Business of Fun!

Jeff will also be leading an educational session titled Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition. The list of complex legal issues facing the festival and event industry continues to grow each year. Let’s spend an hour discussing your event’s legal standing on such issues as protesters, waivers, conceal and carry, risk management, and today’s hot topic – drones! We’ll also reserve time for Q&A so you can maybe save your budget on some of those legal bills back home.
December Member Events
11/23-12/24 ... Charlotte, NC ... Charlotte Christmas Village
11/23-1/2 ... Forest City, NC ... Town of Forest City Christmas
11/30-12/3 ... Rock Hill, SC ... ChristmasVille
12/1-12/3 ... Denton, NC ... Country Christmas Train
12/1-12/3 ... Jacksonville, NC ... Winterfest Artisian Market
12/1 ... Salisbury, NC ... 1st Fridays-Mingle Jingle
12/2 ... Lancaster, SC ... Christmas in the City
12/7-12/10 ... Denton, NC ... Country Christmas Train
12/9-12/25 ... Danville, VA ... Community Holiday Light Show
12/16 ... Salisbury, NC ... Santa & the Grinch with Antique Fire Trucks
12/14-12/17 ... Denton, NC ... Country Christmas Train
12/20-12/23 ... Denton, NC ... Country Christmas Train
12/26-12/27 ... Denton, NC ... Country Christmas Train
12/31 ... Chartlotte, NC ... CLT New Year's Eve
  New Member Spotlight

Cash To Go ATM Services
1108 Ebert St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Contact: Chris Monteleone
Phone: 336-244-1875
Product: Mobile ATM Services

The Lilly Brothers, LLC
935 Simerson Rd.
Lexington, NC 27295
Contact: Ty Cheves
Phone: 336-479-6209
Product: Music/Entertainment
We Need Your Donations!

Support the NCAF&E by donating a special item! We ask that items have a minimum value of $40.00.
Auction proceeds benefit the Kay K. Saintsing Annual NCAF&E Memorial Scholarship!
GET CREATIVE! Items can come in all sizes and varieties. This is an excellent opportunity to advertise your festival and/or special event, hometown area, or your business.... be creative...that's our business! Past items may give you some ideas: arts & crafts, ride in your parade, hot-air balloon ride, fireworks show, consulting time, wine, gift baskets, weekend getaway, concert tickets, VIP event passes, etc. For questions contact the NCAF&E office at 1-877-623-3787 or email

Download the donation form HERE...
Thanks to our 2018 ShowFest Sponsors!
For more information on becoming a Sponsor ... Click on the graphic.
Quote of the Month
"Good results without good planning come from good luck, not good management . "
~Henry Kaiser~
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