Michigan Festivals & Events Association MichganFun eNewsletter
  Issue 9
October 2015
In this issue:


23rd MFEA Annual Convention 
November 5-8, Boyne Mountain Resort

Just one week away, we are getting very excited to see all of you! There is still time to register.  We would love to see you all attend, reach out to your friends, colleagues and volunteers. 

The 2015 Convention will feature exceptional Educational Workshops, a tremendous Industry Trade Show, superior Showcasing, a Silent Auction, never-ending Networking and more! 

Attendee Registration  Convention Registration Forms
Visit  mfea.org/Convention  for more information
Marketplace Trade Show Booths have SOLD OUT

Book with Boyne
Boyne Mountain Resort has graciously increased our room block due to high demand and extended our reduced room rate per availability.  

You must CALL reserve a room at our MFEA rate
Boyne Mountain Resort (800) 462-6963
Silent Auction
MFEA is looking for your silent auction donation items to feature at our 23rd Annual Convention.
Please bring your donation(s) to the...
Registration Desk at the MFEA Convention b y noon  Friday, November 6th, 2015 

Sign up to Pick Larry's Brain
Larry Nielsen, Village of Paw Paw is one of our guest speakers for the Michigan Festivals & Events Association Annual Convention at Boyne Mountain Resort, November 5-8. Larry is a well seasoned veteran when it comes to boards. He will be sharing his wealth of knowledge during his two sessions on Saturday, November 7th titled "Introduction Board Member Roles and Responsibilities" and "Dealing with Board Dysfunction" or "People Issues." 
Larry will be also be hosting a sign up session on Saturday, November 7th. Grab five or fewer of your colleagues and sign up today.
"Picking Larry's Brain: Troubleshooting" 
  • Individual groups will be able to sign up to meet with Larry 
    • No more than five per group
  • Discuss whatever is troubling your mind or organization
  • 30 minutes per group
Please email media@mfea.org the below information and your selected time
  • Organization
  • Point of contact name
  • Phone number   
Times are available on a first come, first serve basis. Please see the options below.
2:05 pm - 2:35 pm
2:40 pm - 3:10 pm
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
4:25 pm - 4:55 pm 


Promotional Opportunities  
Please send any content you would like featured in the MFEA newsletter to  media@mfea.org. This can include any sort of story, event or festival highlight, news release, photographs, etc.

REMINDER: Please send in your member update forms as soon as possible the deadline was October 10th 
Forms must be submitted to be included in the 2016 Brochure and Membership Directory

Words of Wisdom
Provided by  Larry Nielsen, Manager,  Village of Paw Paw

MFEA Out of Office Update
The MFEA Office will be closed Tuesday, November 3rd through Tuesday, November 10th as we will be preparing to see you at Boyne Mountain Resort and hosting our 23rd Annual Convention.
Festival Feature
MFEA is looking to feature your festival or event here. Please email your story or answer the below questions and send to media@mfea.org to be featured. 
*Stories must be submitted by the 10th of each month to be featured for that month. If it is submitted after you may be featured in the following month.
  • Provide a very brief description of the event (1-3 sentences)
    • Be sure to include the name, dates and location
  • Did you learn anything new this year that you would like to share with other members?
    • Tips or tricks, new equipment, new vendors, new volunteer compensation ideas
  • What were the highlights of the event?
  • Please provide any pictures you would like to feature in our newsletter, social media or future MFEA uses.
    • Please include all photographer credits 

Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair posts 22% gain in attendance, returns more than 400K to Community Organizations for 2015
Articles and Information Provided by Nancy Phares 
Scholarship Winners Visiting the State Capitol
Photo Credits: Pattrick Yockey, Michigan Senate Communications Department

Novi, MI: Fair skies and warm summer days helped boost attendance for the 2015 Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair, which posted significant gains in attendance, with more than 112,000 folks enjoying the expansion of the fairgrounds at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. The 22% overall increase in attendance was bolstered by much larger crowds each day of the four day event, as thousands of Michigan families enjoyed the new Equine Pavilion, presented by Ram Truck along with the Ram Truck Test Drive Experience, Honda ATV Test Track, plus larger Shrine Circus, presented by Bright House Networks, and larger Arnold Amusements Midway, that all spread across the 43 acres the Suburban Collection Showplace has acquired since 2013, to accommodate the growth of the Michigan State Fair. Inside the show hall, livestock, home arts and agriculture exhibits also increased by nearly 25%. Read More

Learn More about Economic Impacts from Festivals and Events during an educational session at the MFEA 23rd Annual Convention 
"Economic Impact of Festivals and Events"
Presented by Cristina Benton, Anderson Economic Group
Friday, November 6

Job Openings

Tulip Time Festival, Inc.

Please send in any job postings you would like to offer for future newsletters to media@mfea.org 
Festivals and Charities
Article Written by: Ashley Rop

Fall is certainly in the air - Or for those in the Upper Peninsula, then winter is already here! The brisk air means many of us 'festival organizers' are in our off-season, unless of course you are my co-board member, Linda Kelly, who organizes the Zehnder's Snowfest , happening in mid-January. Well, to lead us into fall, we will be discussing festivals and charities.

Festivals typically are not-for-profit, charitable organizations under the IRS 501(c)3 tax-exempt designation. These organizations can receive charitable donations and their donors can receive charitable tax deductions. The question we are tackling is, how can festivals be charitable, or as Merriam-Webster defines it, how can festivals be "designed to help people?" I believe festivals can be charitable to their community, employees, board members, and volunteers. Read More

LCC Offers Festival and Event Management Online Course 

Lansing Community College is offering an encore online course, November 11 - December 11, 2015, devoted to providing information to organizers, staff, and volunteers on how to run a successful event! 
More Cultural Concepts and Why They are Crucial
Article written by: Caleigh Nowlin, Cross - Cultural Specialist, CTA

On November 7th at the Michigan Festivals & Events Association Convention, the conversation about our state's globalizing landscape and its impact on our festivals and events will culminate in 7C Lingo's session entitled Ethnic Diversity. In this session, we will be addressing a crucial question: How do we genuinely welcome new global populations, while also continuing to define the authentic local culture of Michigan? Learning to effectively balance these responsibilities within a diversifying landscape is critical to our future success, but this success will not be apparent unless we first do some true personal and organizational introspection. The assignment that is of the utmost importance for each one of us as we engage in further cross-cultural development is to focus inward and understand our own subconscious hard-wirings, and the effects that they have on the way we think, lead, plan, and manage.

Governor Snyder Announces October as Michigan Apple Month
The apple industry is a booming one as Michigan is ranked the third largest apple producing state in the nation. Today, our Michigan Apple growers offer 16 different varieties. Read more on this article in the Michigan Apple News from michiganapples.com

See how our members incorporate Michigan Apples into their festivals and events...

The Appleumpkin Festival in Downtown Tecumseh was named after both apples and  pumpkins. Combining two of the most memorable moments children have in the fall. Going to the orchard and picking apples with family and friends... and going to the pumpkin patch to pick out just the right Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin. We give out apples at our information booth and use our mascot (see photo) for advertising at the Monroe Welcome Centers.

The im portance of Michigan apples is the main celebration at our Four Flags Area Apple Festival in Niles,  MI. We purchase apples, apple butter and even Apple baked goodies for our products tent.  Our small town Four Flags Area Apple Festival has been a success for the past 43 years.  We just celebrated 4 days of activities carnival rides entertainment fireworks and many contest revolving around apples.  We are very proud of our festival and each year it comes and goes so fast.  We continue to be successful from the local government support, community involvement and the many volunteers that it takes to put on such a great event year after year. 

Michigan Lottery Training Meetings

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 1:00pm to Approx. 4:00pm
K of C 7233 
11105 South Dixie Highway, Birch Run, MI 48415
*No fee or pre-registration required to attend
Learn more at  michigan.gov/cg
Michigan Brewers Guild Executive Director Scott Graham

Not only is Michigan a top five state for the number of craft breweries, but as a result of ongoing efforts on the agricultural side of the industry, it also ranks as the fourth leading producer of hops in the United States. Two organizations have lead the charge in both areas-Michigan Brewers Guild and Michigan State University Extension (MSUE).
Scott Graham, Executive Director of the Michigan Brewers Guild (MBG) was one of five industry leaders recognized with a Key Partner Award by Ray Hammerschmidt, Director of MSU Extension. Rob Sirrine, with the MSU Extension office in Leelanau County, received a Meritorious Service Educator Award. These awards were presented on Tuesday, October 13 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing. Read More

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Party @ MI Place , hosted by  Sue Bila , reviews festivals and events from around Michigan, looks ahead to upcoming events, and highlights people in the festivals and events industry who are making a difference in Michigan's economy.
12:00 PM every Wednesday
Replay Wednesdays: 6:00 PM, 12:00 AM, 6:00 AM 
Available on-demand via a podcast on  michiganbusinessnetwork.com

MFEA Welcomes New Members: 

Helen Warner Branch,  Battle Creek

Festivals, Fairs, & Events
Allendale 4th of July , Allendale

Clark's Attractions, Ionia 
Detroit Lions, Detroit
Blueberry Hill Pony Rides LLC, Coleman
Bayside Beverage, Petoskey
EventSprout, Chicago
Rock N Dawgs, Novi
JDS Deluxe, North Branch
Alpine Lodge, Gaylord

Ideas Shared...Visions Formed...A New Level!


Quick Links...

Michigan Festivals & Events Association  * P.O. Box 22   * Chesaning, MI 48616
Phone: 989-845-2080 * Fax: 989-845-5074  *  www.michiganfun.com 
Email: info@mfea.org 

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