CFSA and California Fairs.
We are Better Together!

CFSA is California’s only full-service provider of self-insurance risk pool programs, safety training, and financial and business support services created especially for California’s fairs.


Our next CFSA board of directors meeting is Wednesday, June 7.   Remember, if you’d like to see copies of the minutes from past board meetings, you can do so by visiting our  Board Meeting Minutes archive. The agenda for the June meeting will be posted on our website as soon as it’s available.

Please join us in welcoming Jim Clark, CEO of the Chowchilla-Madera County Fair, to the CFSA Board of Directors! 
Jim joins as Director Stephen Kenny’s alternate. Stephen, CEO of the Butte County Fair, was elected to the board in 2016 to fulfill the remainder of  Director John Scurfield’s term when John retired from his post as CEO of the Chowchilla-Madera County Fair.

More welcoming! Chandler Wright joins the Risk Control Department.
On Monday, March 27, CFSA welcomed a new addition to the Risk Control Department – Chandler Wright. Chandler, a risk control specialist, hit the ground running, too! On his first day he spent a short time in the office before heading out on a fairground inspection. Chandler’s responsibilities include risk control inspections, safety program development and safety training. Chandler is fluent in Spanish, which will help expand and enhance CFSA’s risk control training programs.

Please join us in welcoming our newest CFSA Board of Director members:
Nancy Sites, CEO of the Tulelake-Butte Valley Fair joins as the board alternate for Jim Wolcott, CEO of the Lassen County Fair, who was re-elected to the board for the 2017-2020 term.

Lori Marshall, CEO of the Grand National Livestock Show, Horse Show & Rodeo, joins as the board alternate for Mike Olcott, CEO of the Kern County Fair. Mike began his first term on the CFSA  board, running from 2017-2020, in January.

The next CFSA Board of Directors meeting is Wednesday, April 12, 11 a.m. at the Fair Services Building in Sacramento.


CFSA’s trade show booth at the 2017 WFA Convention & Trade Show was a popular destination spot!


Visitors to the CFSA trade show booth had the opportunity to learn about NEW MEMBER FAIR BENEFITS available now and throughout 2017

Key representatives from every CFSA department were on hand to meet and greet everyone who stopped by our booth to say hello. Our big news? NEW for 2017 member benefits including the availability of more than 1,000 on-demand web-based training courses designed to help reduce workplace accidents, change unsafe behaviors and to increase overall productivity. For  more information about these courses and to sign up, please contact Tom Amberson, our risk department manager at 916/263-6180 or

In addition, the educational sessions led by CFSA staff members were well attended and well received.

Most of all, everyone from CFSA relished the opportunity to be available to meet with pool members throughout the convention. In fact, one of the primary reasons CFSA helps sponsor industry events such as the WFA Convention is that these events not only provide a wealth of information for all involved, but they also give us an opportunity to make ourselves conveniently available to all of our members in attendance.


Setting aside time for fair staff training just got easier! CFSA, WFA and F&E teamed up on a full year of low to no cost training for fair management and staff. Print out a copy of the  2017-fair-training-program-schedule today!  


On our blog (October 26):
The ballots for our 2016 Fall Election are in and counted!
Please join us in welcoming new and returning directors to the CFSA board, and a new fair representative to the Revenue Protection Program Claims Committee.
Read more >


On our blog (September 8):
Stephen J. Kenny, CEO of the Butte County Fair, Elected to the CFSA Board of Directors
Please join us in welcoming Stephen J. Kenny, CEO of the Butte County Fair, to the CFSA board of directors. Kenny was elected by CFSA Class I and II member fairs as their representative to complete the final two years of retiring board member John Scurfield’s four-year term. Director Scurfield, CEO of the Chowchilla-Madera County Fair & Event Center, resigned from the board in August pending his retirement from the fair.   Read more >


On our blog (September 8):
Overheated? CFSA’s Risk Control Manager Provides Timely Tips on How to Head-Off Heat-Related Illnesses.
Unless your fairground is lucky enough to be on the California coast, chances are it’s really hot where you are. But even with daily temperatures climbing into the 80s, 90s and 100s, there’s still work that needs to be done outside.  What to do? Let’s check in with Tom Amberson, CFSA’s risk control manager, for a hot-weather refresher course that will help everyone keep their cool:  Read more >