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MFEA 22nd Annual Convention

 Radisson Plaza Hotel, Kalamazoo, MI
November 6-9, 2014

 * MFEA presents all of the following Educational Workshops *

* 5 Characteristics to Grow a              * Live Social Media Integration at Events
   Successful Event                     

* 5K Runs- How To’s                            *Maximum Creativity on a Minimum Budget

* (The) Best 25 Ideas for                      *Parades – Start to Finish
   Online Marketing  
* Obtaining Grants with the Michigan *Planning For Next Generation
   Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
*Beyond the Bounce House:                *Board Development 101- Board vs. Bored Basics
   Quality Programming for Kids
*Board PLUS 101– You Board             *Risk Management & Crisis Insurance
   as a Team
*Social Media, Does it Work?              *Concessions Do’s & Don’ts               
   Metrics & Measurement –
   Starter Strategies for Success 
*“Managing the Media”                       *Sponsorship: Be a Purple Cow

* Sponsorship Burnout: Packaging    *Disaster Planning
   Partnerships to Increase Revenues
*Earning the Digital Sponsorship        *Updates…Gaming /Food Safety/Serving Alcohol
  Dollar-And Keeping It!-
*Email Marketing + Social Media =      *Entertain the Future of Your Event
  Creates Great Online Synergy
*We Like Art, We Like Cows:                *Volunteers…Recruiting, Retaining, Rewarding
  Reasserting the Culture in
  Agri-culture to Build Thriving
  Rural Communities
*Hack, Tinker, Create – Harness          *Get Your Website Happy Hour
  the Creative Energy for Placemaking
*Tips for Developing an Effective         * Working With Your Municipalities
  Festival Marketing Plan

Welcomes our guest speakers to Michigan


phs_bio_sam_lemheney                                  Donna

Sam Lemheney                                                  Donna Neuwith 
Philadelphia Flower Show, Philadelphia            Fermentation Fest, Wisconsin
                             Dilling, Mary Ann   Tess Headshot Glaseses - WEC 4x4                         
Mary Ann Dilling                                                  Tess Vismale
Experimental Aircraft Association, Wisconsin     isocialx, Atlanta

cassie                                         alta

Cassie Roberts                                              Alta Mosley
Saffire Events, Texas                        National Independent Concessionaires Assoc


MFEA would like to thank our 2014 Convention Sponsors!!

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Become a sponsor click here.


Look Who’s Coming to Convention!

AAA Livonia Spree
Alan Turner and The Steel Horse Band Lorio-Ross Sterling Entertainment
Alger County Chamber of Commerce Lyon Township DDA
AllenAsTim and The Dance Hall Rockers Magic Bus
Artserve Michigan Mamma Grace Records
Bay City Fireworks Manchester Community Fair
BayRama, Inc. Maple Leaf Amusements
Birch Run Chamber of Commerce Meijer Inc.
Bouncers and more Melrose Pyrotechnics, Inc.
Brian Lorente Mercury Sound & Light
Bringin’ Back the 80’s Festival Message Makers
Brown- Forman/ Jack Daniel’s MI Place Partnership
Brown-Forman/ Jack Daniel’s Michigan Antique & Collectibles Festival
BSA Events & Entertainment Michigan Brewers Guild
Bullwhip Michigan CAT
Burr & Company Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs
Cadillac Freedom Festival Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
Cadillac West Michigan Emerging Leaders Summit
Central Michigan University Michigan Festival of Sacred Music
Champion Entertainments Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council
Cheeseburger in Caseville Michigan Lighthouse Festival
Chesaning Chamber of Commerce Michigan Liquor Control Commission
Chesaning Christmas Candlelight Walk Michigan Pony Dynamometer Association
Chris Nordman Associates, Inc. Michigan Recreation & Park Association
Cindy Snyder Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee
Cirque Amongus Michigan State Housing Development Authority
City of Harbor Springs and Harbor Area Recreation and Entertainment Michigan Sugar Festival
Clinton Fall Festival MichiganBusinessNetwork.com
Clio Amphitheater Mike Lilliquist
Code Michigan Milford Memories Summer Festival
Complete Ticket Solutions Motor City Jazz Octet
Concerts on the Green Motor City Pride
Copper Harbor DDA My Adventure Theater
Crown Trophy #104 National Asparagus Festival
Curwood Festival, Inc. National Cherry Festival
Danish Festival Inc. North American Snow Festival
David Pace Agency Oakland County EDCA
Davison Festival of Flags Oakland Township Parks and Recreation
Delta Rocks! Family Festival Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS)
Discover Kalamazoo Pepsi Beverages Company
Donny and the Dorsels Port Huron Museum
Donut Diner Prairie Farms
Dynamic Displays Printwell, Inc.
Eastern Market Corporation Quick Fuel, Inc.
Eastern Michigan State Fair Red Flannel Festival
EEA The Spirit of Aviation Riverdays Festival
Empty Canvas Rosco the Clown
Fabri-Kal Saffire Events
Fantasy Forest Art Competition Schmidt Amusements
Farwell Annual Lumberjack Festival Seyferth PR
Fast Action Motorsports Entertainment Shotguns and Violins
Festival of Forks Silver Lake Sand Dunes Apple& BBQ Cook-Off Festival
Flint Downtown Development Authority Skerbeck Carnival
Flushing Area Chamber of Commerce Slick Shirts
Four Flags Area Apple Festival Southfield Festival of Hope
Four Flags Area Council on Tourism Southwest Michigan Artists’ Association
Francis L. Dean & Associates of Indiana, LLC Stockbridge Area Chamber of Commerce
Grand Pizza & Beer Fest Sumpter Country Fest
Great Gazebo, Inc. Taylor Taylor
Great Lakes Fireworks, LLC The Concert Manager
Greater Lansing Festival Alliance The Event Company
Greatest 4th in the North The Henry Ford Center
Grosse Ile IslandFest The Leisure Resource Group
H.E.R.O/ Hamburg Family Fun Fest The Michigan State Fair A Private Entity, LLC
Howell Area Parks & Recreation Authority The Swift Brothers
Howell Michigan Challenge Balloonfest Tourist Printing
IHS Miller Lite Beer Trenton Summer Festival
In the Pink Derby Horse Show & Horsepower Car Show Troy Family Daze Festival
Independence Twp Parks, Rec. & Seniors Unique Portable Staging LLC
Indiana State Festivals Association USA Demolition Derby Inc.
iSocialExecution Village of Paw Paw
Jay Samborn Entertainment Company Warren Birthday Bash
Kali Rose Wheatland Music Organization
Kaliff Insurance WonderShowz, LLC
KMG Consulting Wormfarms Fermentation Fest
Koegel Meats, Inc. Yale Bologna Festival
Lansing Community College Zehnder’s Snowfest




Introduction to Festival and Event Online Class 


MFEA is promoting a new class, “Introduction to Festival and Event Management”.  This is a comprehensive six week class which will help you learn how to set up a successful event. Click for more information…


MFEA also invites college students to participate in the 2014 MFEA Convention scheduled November 6 – 9 at the Kalamazoo Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites – $60 per full registration (School ID required) Click for more Convention Information