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April 2020 New CEO Orientation Postponed

Woman holding a date book.In light of mass gathering restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the April 1 and 2 New Fair CEO Orientation has been postponed. We will keep you posted on the orientation’s new dates. In the meantime, stay safe!  

Hosted by California Fair Services Authority (CFSA), California Construction Authority (CCA), Western Fairs Association (WFA) and CDFA’s Fairs & Expositions (F&E) Branch, the 2020 New CEO Orientation kicks off with a day at the Fair Services Building in Sacramento, home to CFSA, CCA and WFA. You’ll meet agency staff and get an overview of each agency’s responsibilities. You’ll also learn about the resources available to you from CFSA, CCA and WFA, and how CFSA, CCA,  WFA and F&E work together on conferences, conventions, training opportunities, and more.

You’ll spend Thursday downtown at the CDFA offices, meeting with staff from F&E. You’ll enjoy a continental breakfast followed by a  Welcome  from CDFA Deputy Secretary Arturo Barajas, and informative sessions on everything from an overview of F&E and California State Rules to Financial Reporting and Board Relations.

As we get closer to the orientation’s dates (about the second week of March), you’ll receive a full agenda along with a short registration form, hotel suggestions and directions to the Fair Services Building and CDFA’s headquarters.

 If you’re not sure you qualify as a new CEO, if you missed the orientation last year and would like to attend this year, or if you would like a refresher course on the resources available to you and your fairgrounds, please contact Melissa Thurber, CFSA Communications, at for a registration form and event details. There is no cost to participate in the orientation. Everyone is welcome!


Questions? Please contact Rebecca Desmond, CFSA’s Executive Director, at 916/263-6161 or