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


The February 2020  Master Insurance List is now available!

CFSA’s next board meeting is Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 10:00 a.m.  We will post the agenda as soon as it is available.

In the meantime, if you would like to read the minutes from past board meetings, you can do so by visiting our Board Meeting Minutes archive.

Have you read the latest issue of the fyi newsletter? So that you can be in the know (not the last to know), you can read it here.

Merry Everything and Happy New Year from all of us at CFSA!

Happy Holidays from CFSA










Holiday Hours: CFSA will be closed the week of Christmas, December 23 – 27. We will also be closed on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1. If you need to speak with someone during these times, please call 916/921-2213 for key contact information. We are always “here” for you!

CFSA’s next board meeting is Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 10:00 a.m. We will post the meeting’s agenda as soon as it is available.

In the meantime, if you would like to read the minutes from past board meetings, you can do so by visiting our Board Meeting Minutes archive.

CFSA’s 2nd annual Risk-Pool Member Meeting was Tuesday, November 5.
Close to 30 fair managers and a few fair staff members attended CFSA’s 2nd annual Risk-Pool Program Member Meeting. After going around the room for quick introductions, CFSA staff reviewed CFSA’s 2018 annual report with the group, followed by department reports from our Risk Control, Risk Management and Finance Services departments.

The CEOs asked questions throughout each  presentations and were invited to contact CFSA if they had any additional questions after reading through the hand out materials. 

The meeting was followed by a quick box lunch, compliments of CFSA, before most headed over to California Exposition and State Fair’s Turf Club for an afternoon with staff from CDFA’s Fairs & Expositions Branch.

All CEOs who were unable to attend CFSA’s annual meeting  were emailed a synopsis of the meeting, along with copies of the PowerPoint presentation and handout materials.

Read on for more information.  

August 27, 2019
Insurance Requirements Alert
Additional language has been added to CFSA’s Insurance Requirements. Here are links to the  updated  Insurance Requirements, the updated Operating Memorandum #19-01 and the Insurance Information Alert summarizing the updates. The new Insurance Requirements go into effect on Thursday, August 29, 2019. 

Join CFSA in Congratulating Lianne Lewellen, Recognized with a CSAC EIA Eagle Award for CFSA’s Innovative Contract Review Service

Now a vital part of CFSA’s successful general liability risk transfer program, the Contract Review Service was developed and managed by Lianne Lewellen for more than 20 years before she retired earlier this year and passed the service’s reins on to Mario Castagnola. Currently back with CFSA a few days a week to work on special projects, Lianne was surprised to learn that not only had she been nominated by CFSA for an EAGLE Award, but that she had won the award for her expert work with the review service. CSAC EIA – California State Association of Counties Excess Insurance Authority – is CFSA’s excess insurance provider.

Read the full article here. >



July 2, 2019
Hand-washing signE. coli and Preventative Protocols
Four confirmed cases of E. coli-related illnesses have been linked to contact with animals at the San Diego County Fair. Three of the four young children who became ill were not hospitalized, however, the fourth, a 2-year-old toddler was hospitalized and tragically died from complications. Our thoughts are with the children and their families as well as with San Diego County Fair’s staff who are all dealing with this heartbreaking situation.

Protecting the health and safety of the fair-going public as well as that of your animal exhibitors and fair staff is a commitment and a responsibility CFSA takes seriously. This recent outbreak underscores the importance of establishing and enforcing precautions and safety protocols that can help prevent the spread of E. coli and other infectious diseases.

·         CFSA’s Risk Control specialists are stressing the importance of these preventative measures during their current pre-fair and fair time fair visits.

·         CFSA is creating an information packet for all California fairs reiterating known best practices and protocols to prevent contact with E. coli during fair time. This packet will be distributed by Wednesday, July 3.

Hand-washing signs in English and Spanish provided by CDFA’s Fairs & Expositions (F&E) Branch are available from Melissa Thurber at or you can print out your own signs from the F&E website:

In addition, below is a hand-washing themed video developed for WFA and CFSA’s Play it Safe campaign. It’s fun, it’s short, it’s filled with valuable tips about how animal exhibitors can help prevent the spread of E. coli. Acting as ambassadors of your fair and for their animals, animal exhibitors can remind fair-goers to wash their hands and their children’s hands after leaving the animal barn and before eating. (Make sure you start the video from the beginning.)

Visit CFSA’s News & Events  blog for additional information about E. coli and preventative measures you can take to help protect the health of your fair guests, animal exhibitors and your staff.

Work Safe, Work Smart! June is National Safety Month! And CFSA is definitely on board! Throughout the month of June we will be posting safety tips you can use on your fairgrounds and in your everyday life. (Okay, yes, we actually do this year-round, but  we can’t resist the National Safety Council’s full month of encouraging individuals and businesses to put in a little extra effort towards reducing “the leading causes of unintentional injury and death at work, on the road, and in homes and communities.”  Please follow along on our Facebook page and here on our website



On our blog: Hey, nQativ Activity Users, here’s a tip when you find yourself locked out of your fair’s Activity account after three failed tries to log in.