Convention Information

The 2021 Heartland Association of Fairs, Festivals and Events Convention will be held November 18-20, 2021, at the Best Western Ramkota in Aberdeen, SD.

2021 Together Towards Tomorrow

Thursday, November 18th*
9:00am - 12:00pm    Registration
1:00pm - 4:00pm       Vendor Set Up
1:00pm - 5:00pm       Registration
1:30pm - 5:00pm       Educational Sessions, Meetings & Associate Visits Begin
5:00pm - 10:00pm   Social, Dinner, Awards & Showcases
10:00pm-                     Visit Associates & Hospitality Rooms

Friday, November 19th*
7:30am - 8:30am      Registration
8:30am                         Opening Session & Keynote Speaker
10:30am -12:15am    Visit Associates & Educational Sessions
12:15pm                        Lunch, Awards & Showcases
1:45pm - 2:45pm      Annual Meeting
3:00pm - 6:00pm     Educational Sessions, Meetings & Associate Visits
6:00pm                         Dinner, Awards & Showcases
10:00 -                          Visit Associates & Hospitality Rooms

Saturday, November 20th*
9:00am - 11:15am     Educational Sessions, Visit Associates/Tradeshow
11:15am                        Lunch, Final Awards (Associate of the Year, Hall of Fame, Fairperson of the Year) & Showcases
*Preliminary schedule, subject to changes.

Convention & Room Reservations will be available shortly, please check back soon!

Join us in Minot, ND November 16-20, 2022!

Have an idea for the convention?  Email us!

Showcasing Application

Download the 'Showcasing Application' form

Online 'Showcasing Application' form

Spectrum Weather & Specialty Insurance $500 Scholarship

This scholarship is designed to enable an individual from Heartland Association of Fairs, Festivals & Events (HAFFE) to attend the 2021 Heartland Association of Fairs, Festivals & Events Annual Convention in Aberdeen, SD – November 18-20, 2021. (1) scholarship will be awarded in 2021, providing up to $500 towards recipient’s trip for expenses including registration, hotel and travel costs. Recipient will be asked to give a brief report on their experience of the convention (up to that point) at the convention during the banquet. A copy of the following paid items must be submitted to the HAFFE Office for reimbursement:  hotel registration and travel arrangements.

Online Scholarship Information and form

Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities for Members

Download the 'Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities' form

Online 'Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities' form

Award Information

Download the 'Associate of the Year' form  Download the 'Event Person of the Year' Award form  Download the 'Hall of Fame' Award form

Online 'Associate of the Year' Award form  Online 'Event Person of the Year' Award form Online 'Hall of Fame' Award form

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

Past Award Winners

Associate of the Year

Past Award Winners

Hall of Fame

Past Award Winners

IAFE Heritage Award Winners

Brian Carlson

Neil Fleming -  Pembina County and North Dakota State Fair

Edwin Schmidt - McLean County Fair

Charles 'Chuck' Meikle - Stutsman County Fair and North Dakota State Fair


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