The 2020 Heartland Association of Fairs, Festivals and Events (HAFFE) Convention is where you’ll want to be in November! Make history (first ever association convention), exchange ideas, gain knowledge, see old friends and meet new ones, and see great entertainment! Mark your calendar for November 19-21, 2020 in Minot, ND. All members and associates are invited to attend.

Have an idea for a convention topic? Let us know

Put your act in front of convention goers!  Apply to be part of the showcase; check out the guidelines and application posted below.
Convention Showcase Guidelines and Application

HAFFE Scholarship Information
This scholarship is designed to enable an individual from Heartland Association of Fairs, Festivals & Events (HAFFE) to attend the 2020 Heartland Association of Fairs, Festivals & Events Annual Convention in Minot, ND – November 19-21, 2020.  Thank you to Spectrum Weather and Specialty Insurance for sponsorsing the scholarship!
Scholarship Information

Scholarship Application

Thursday Evening Speaker - Michael H. Bradley
Get to know Michael Bradley!

Stay tuned for more convention details!

Nominations are now open for Hall of Fame, Associate of the Year and Event Person of the Year.

We pay tribute to those who have given much to the fair industries in North and South Dakota.  Below you will find those were honored by the respective North and South Dakota Fair Associations prior to merging to form the Heartland Association of Fairs, Festivals and Events.

Event Person of the Year

Award Nomination Form

Past Award Winners

IAFE Heritage Award Winners

Brian Carlson

Neil Fleming -  Pembina County and North Dakota State Fair

Edwin Schmidt - McLean County Fair

Chuck Meikle - Stutsman County Fair and North Dakota State Fair


The Heartland Association of Fairs, Festivals and Events (HAFFE) was founded in 2019 with the goal of assisting regional fairs, festivals, events and associates by sharing information, ideas and practices that assist in promoting events and growing attendance. HAFFE also helps to connect those looking for talent with quality entertainment for events. ANY fair, festival, event, or individual from the Dakotas or surrounding region is eligible for membership, with associate membership open to any appropriate support business or organization.

About Us


Any fair, festival, event, associate or individual may become a member of the Heartland Association of Fairs, Festivals and Events! Members will be listed in the membership directory that will be handed out at our annual convention, as well as displayed on our website, allowing for additional exposure to help reach individual goals. Members will also receive a wealth of information that will help in generating new ideas to enhance future events. We invite you to apply for HAFFE membership, as well as view information on our current members.

HAFFE Membership