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The 2nd annual CFSA Risk-Pool Member Meeting is Tuesday, November 5

CFSA’s 2nd annual Risk-Pool Member Meeting is  scheduled for Tuesday, November 5,  from 10:30 a.m. to Noon, in the upstairs conference room (Rm. 200) of the Fair Services Building.  The meeting kicks off the first day of the CFA Fall Managers’  Conference,  which runs Tuesday – Thursday, November 5 – 7 at the Courtyard by Marriott (located next door to the Fair Services Building).

This annual meeting is a great opportunity to meet CFSA’s board of directors and staff, as well as to hear CFSA’s 2018 annual report, along with reports from our Risk Management, Risk Control and Finance Services departments. We also encourage you to share any ideas you may have about how we can collectively improve the risk-sharing pool programs, and to ask any questions you may have about  CFSA’s programs and services, or services you would like to have CFSA offer. Speak up!

A box lunch, compliments of CFSA, will be provided after the meeting. You are welcome to stay and eat, or to take your lunch to go.

Please RSVP to Melissa Thurber at CFSA, or 916/263-6163.



Save the Date: New Fair CEO Orientation

Wednesday & Thursday,  April 10 & 11 in Sacramento

Woman holding a date book.Hosted by California Fair Services Authority (CFSA), Western Fairs Association (WFA) and CDFA’s Fairs & Expositions (F&E) Branch, the orientation kicks off with a day at the Fair Services Building, home to CFSA 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 and WFA, and how CFSA, 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 sessions on everything from California State Rules to Financial Reporting and Board Meetings 101.

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

If you are a new or new-ish fair CEO who has been on the job for a few weeks, a few months or even a year or two, this orientation is designed for you! If you want to make sure you are on the New Fair CEO Orientation mailing list and would like to attend the orientation, please contact Melissa Thurber at CFSA. You can reach her at (916) 263-6163 or 


All CFSA Pool Program Member Fairs are Invited to CFSA’s First-Ever Member Meeting, November 6, 2018, Fair Services Building

California Fair Services Authority (CFSA), created more than 30 years ago, is a member-driven organization that shares in the covering of potential risks and in the costs of claims for pool member California fairs.

Risk pooling means that the fairs that participate in CFSA’s Workers’ Compensation and General Liability pool programs, pool their money collectively to pay for claims filed against their fairs. As a participating member fair, you have a voice and a responsibility to learn and to do all you can to keep the risk-pooling function and the funds CFSA manages safe and available to cover the claims we know about, as well as those that will come in the future.

Join CFSA’s board of directors and staff at our first-ever member meeting, Tuesday, November 6, 2018, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Fair Services Building, 1776 Tribute Road, Conference Room 200, in Sacramento.

Learn about the current financial position of CFSA, about trends in risk and claims, and about the steps you can take to help reduce risk to the pools and at your fair. In addition, we welcome your feedback on how we can improve our risk-pooling and risk-sharing programs.

This is your opportunity to ask questions, to learn more about risk pooling and risk sharing, and to fully understand your key role in both! Join us for lunch and lively conversation.

Lunch is provided.
Please RSVP to Melissa Thurber, at: or 916/263-6163.



CFSA’s Board of Directors and Revenue Protection Program Committee Elections are Next Month


This year, CFSA’s fall election has drawn one of the largest pools of highly-qualified candidates in CFSA’s election history. Ballots to fill seats on both the CFSA board of directors and on the Revenue Protection Program Committee will be emailed to pool- and program-member fairs by Monday, October 8; due back to CFSA by Monday, October 22.

Up for election are two seats on CFSA’s board of directors – one representing fair classes I and II, and one representing fair classes III – VII. Participants in the Revenue Protection Program will also be voting to elect a fair representative and two alternates for the Revenue Protection Program’s Claims Committee. This committee meets as needed throughout the year to review submitted claims in accordance with claims adjustment procedures as specified by the program’s memorandum of coverage.

Election results will be announced the week of October 22. New board and committee members will take office on January 1, 2019.

Becky Bailey-Findley Talks About the Importance of California’s Fairs at the Nevada County Fair Foundation Speaker Series


Ever wonder what CFSA’s executive director, Becky Bailey-Findley,  is doing when she isn’t in the office working on projects for our member fairs? Well, last Wednesday, March 14, 2018, she was AT a member fair, talking ABOUT fairs! The Nevada County Fair invited her to be a guest speaker in the fairgrounds’ Foundation Speaker Series. Take a look:

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.


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.