January 2018
North Carolina Association of Festivals & Events 
Welcome to the NCAF&E Monthly Newsletter
Early Bird Registration Deadline January 8th!

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.
  New Member Spotlight

Dakota and Friends (Dinosaur Road Show)
780 Treasure Drive, SW
Concord, NC 28025
Contact: Ed Bounds or Patti Bounds
Phone: 704-223-0727

Superior Ice, LLC
P.O. Box 44
Rocky Point, NC 28457
Contact: Linda or John Lee
Phone: 910-604-0502
Festival & Event Logos Needed!
We are working hard to prepare & launch our exciting new association website. A feature on the site will be an area to highlight festival and event logos. Please send your festival or event logo (generic/no date) and website address to info@ncfestivals.com by 1/5/18.
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 info@ncfestivals.com.

Download the donation form HERE...
ShowFest 2018 Exciting Entertainment Lineup!
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.
January Member Events
12/31/17 ... Charlotte, NC ... Charlotte New Years Eve
1/28-29/18 ... Charlotte, NC ... NCAF&E ShowFest Conference
Excellence Awards Information
The ShowFest Excellence Awards are a long standing tradition of highlighting the best and brightest of festivals, events and associates across the Carolinas. Our goal is to identify the professionals that raise the bar and provide outstanding examples. We also use this program as a way to set new standards for the profession. We can all learn from each other and give a hardy round of applause to those who distinguish themselves with great work. 

Download the Awards Information and Submission form  HERE..
Membership Dues Invoices Have Been Sent!
Please remember to pay your NCAF&E dues! Payment ensures that your listing on the NCAF&E member website is up to date. Make sure to fill out the dues form so that any changes are made to your listing and your events are updated on the web calendar. Please note... Members can renew on-line with any credit card using the following link: RENEW HERE
Thanks to our 2018 ShowFest Sponsors!
Top 20 Events for July-August-September deadline Jan. 19

The deadline for nominating events to the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) for its Top 20 Events for July-August-September is Friday, Jan. 19. Nominated events must have an attendance of at least 1,000 and be in the third year of existence. Top 20 Events strongly encourages entrants to support their nomination by providing supporting material such as photos, posters, brochures, press releases, news clippings and/or volunteer programs. There is a $20.00 entry fee required per event with two copies of the nomination form, in addition to supporting materials.  
Quote of the Month
" Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough . "
~ Og Mandino ~
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