The Solano County Fairgrounds is in the News!

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Solano County Fairgrounds is in the news again – this time on page one of The Sacramento Bee newspaper. And although no fair staff members were mentioned by name, we all know they are working hard behind the scenes to accommodate their four- and two-footed guests threatened or displaced by wildfires. CFSA is proud to have the Solano County Fairgrounds as a member – thank you for all your good work!

Here’s The Sacramento Bee article:

When the flames came to California’s wine country, where did all the animals go?

By Cynthia Hubert

As smoke and flames threatened her rural property in Suisun City last week, Cristina Santini’s thoughts turned to her 38 goats and sheep.

She and her husband Flavio had been told to get out ahead of the Atlas Fire that was raging in Solano County. There seemed to be no time for the couple to chase their livestock down, pack them into trailers and drive them to safety. The county seemed unlikely to help, since it was in the process of evacuating thousands of humans threatened by the flames.

“Maybe I should open the gates and let them run for their lives,” Santini recalled thinking at the time.   Read More  >   



Here’s a Tip for nQativ Activity Users – When You Forget Your Activity Password: Three Tries and You’re Out… but Not for Long!


Locked out of your Activity account? After three failed log in attempts, your next step isn’t to call CFSA. Instead, wait 10 minutes and your account will automatically unlock itself. Initiated several years ago, this 10 minute time out was added to defeat spammers who try to crack passwords through repeated hits.

After the 10 minutes have passed, type in your password and you’re in! If you still can’t remember your password, you will need to call Kevin Wright, (916) 263-6187, at CFSA to reset it for you. Your new password must have eight characters of which there needs to be at least ONE CAPITAL LETTER and at least ONE NUMBER. Note: You cannot use more than two consecutive letters from a previous password.

In addition, remember that your Activity password will automatically expire every 90 days. By creating a new password on a regular basis you are helping to protect your account and CFSA’s servers from being hacked!


2016 Revenue Protection Program Claims Committee Election Results Announced

Please join us in welcoming Ryann Newman, CEO of the Glenn County Fair, as the newly elected member of the Revenue Protection Program Claims Committee for 2017 and 2018. Rea Callender, CEO of the Nevada County Fair, is the first alternate; and Matt Cranford, CEO of the Stanislaus County Fair, is the second alternate.

In addition to Newman, the 2017 committee also includes Becky Bailey-Findley, CFSA’s executive director; John Quiroz, representing CDFA’s Fairs and Expositions Branch; and Rich Persons, CEO of the Santa Barbara County Fair, representing the CFSA board.

2016 Fall Board of Director Election Results Announced

Please join us in congratulating first-time and returning directors to the CFSA board. New to the board is Mike Olcott, CEO of the Kern County Fair, who will be representing Fair Classes III-VII as the director at-large. Returning to the board are Jim Wolcott, CEO of the Lassen County Fair, re-elected to represent Fair Classes I and II; and Dan Jacobs, CEO of the Antelope Valley Fair, re-elected to represent Fair Classes III-VII. The directors’ four-year terms begin January 1, 2017.

In October, Stephen Kenny, CEO of the Butte County Fair was elected by the Class I and II members to serve out the remaining two years of the term vacated by John Scurfield due to his retirement from the Chowchilla-Madera County Fair.


Stephen J. Kenny, CEO of the Butte County Fair, Joins 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.  

Director Kenny’s service on the board began as of September 8 and his first CFSA board meeting will be on Thursday, October 6. His term will run through December 31, 2018.

In an announcement to all CFSA member fairs, Board Chair Brian Bullis, CEO of the Mariposa County Fair & Exposition Center and CFSA Nominating Committee Chair, thanked Scurfield for his valuable contributions to the board during the past two years and wished him the best of luck in his future endeavors.


Overheated? Here’s Some Timely Advice for Heading Off Heat-Related Illnesses


Man looking at a smoking engine in his car

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:

You and your colleagues are at a greater risk of heat illness (when your body holds in more heat than it can release) if you:

  • are dehydrated (dehydration is your worst enemy)
  • aren’t used to working in the heat
  • are in poor health or are older
  • have previously experienced a heat-related illness
  • are on a low-salt diet
  • take medications or over-the-counter drugs

And temperatures don’t even have to be in the 100s to be potentially dangerous. According to the National Weather Service Heat Index, a temperature of 90 degrees in the shade with 30% humidity calls for a warning of “extreme caution” for heat illnesses including heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat stroke. When it’s above 100 degrees in the shade, the Heat Index registers “extreme danger.” In either case, the prudent choice is to limit work or to stop working outside altogether.

To help prevent heat-related illnesses, health experts recommend wearing lightweight clothing, drinking plenty of cool water BEFORE heading out to work as well as while working (aim for at least one 8 oz. cup every 20 minutes) and taking frequent rest breaks in the shade or a cool area when working in the sun.  Also try to schedule outdoor work for early mornings, when possible, and to avoid heated areas.

To stay hydrated, choose water or sports beverages over sodas and other drinks containing caffeine or sugar. Avoid alcohol altogether as the more you drink, the more dehydrated you will become.

Symptoms that could indicate trouble ahead include profuse sweating or no sweating, a pale or flushed complexion and flu-like symptoms such as sudden weakness, nausea, fever, chills and headaches. Other red-flag symptoms are dizziness, loss of coordination, blurry vision, confusion, fainting, vomiting and seizures. If you or a co-worker experience any of these symptoms or if you simply begin feeling ill, stop working, tell someone and take a break in a shady, cool area. Workers suffering from painful muscle spasms or tired muscles should also take a break in the shade and drink cool water or a sports beverage.  Do not give or take salt tablets or fever medications.

If a co-worker loses consciousness, move him or her to a shaded area and immediately seek medical help. Until that help arrives, cool the worker with fanning, by soaking his or her clothing with cool water and by applying cool compresses. Do not provide your co-worker with anything to drink.

If your fair is a member of CFSA’s Workers’ Compensation Pool Program, talk to your risk control specialist about on-site training and/or help developing a written heat-illness prevention program. The written program can be a stand-alone program or incorporated into your fair’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program.

Questions? Please contact Tom Amberson at (916) 263-6180 or



2016 California Fair Regional Training

Thursday, February 25, was a wrap for the second of the two winter California fair  Regional Trainings sponsored by CDFA’s Fairs & Expositions branch, coordinated by CFSA, and hosted by the California State Fair & Exposition – Cal Expo, and The Big Fresno Fair.

We welcomed a vibrant mix of fair CEOs and business assistants, deputy managers,  fair board members – long timers and newbies alike, exhibit reps, accounting and office techs, entry supervisors, maintenance staff, and more to Cal Expo and The Big Fresno Fair. Thank you everyone who attended!

Roundtable participants at the 2016 Regional Training - Cal Expo
Here’s a peek at one of Cal Expo’s popular roundtables. That’s Renee, Raechelle and Katherine from CFSA, top left, leading the session.
Developing an Effective Contract roundtable at the Cal Expo Regional Training
The Developing an Effective Contract roundtable was standing room only.