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Let’s Talk Fairs and Potential Disaster Situations


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Tuesday March 9, 2021 
1:00 pm EST / Noon CST
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Join the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) for this month’s professional development webinar entitled Let’s Talk Fairs and Potential Disaster Situations!

What’s your relationship with your county or state fair? Do you know who to call if the fairgrounds is needed for emergency shelter? How have you addressed the potential for animal disease outbreaks, zoonotic disease outbreaks or other emergency (and potentially disastrous) situations in planning sessions with your local or regional fair? This webinar will provide a high-level overview of the fair industry (county fairs, regional shows and exhibitions, and state fairs) in the United States to provide an awareness of the varying organizational structures across the country. This session will also identify several areas of risk which can be mitigated with education and training and the role Extension might play in that.


Marla Calico is the President and CEO of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions headquartered in Springfield, Missouri. The Association represents and facilitates the evolving interests of its 1100 members and over 700 associated businesses. A frequent speaker for fair industry gatherings and seminars important to fairs and expos, Marla also served on a USDA’s Veterinary Services National Training Exercise Program working group. Her role as the President and CEO came after 9 ½ years on the staff of the Association. When she joined the IAFE’s professional staff in 2006 her primary projects included launching the IAFE’s Institute of Fair Management and delivering the Association’s award-winning “Consumer Protection Program: Risk Management for E.coli 0157:H7″. Marla has represented the fair industry in service to various committees organized by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Association of Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV) in the development and review of documents such as the ”Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings”, the “Measures to Minimize Influenza Transmission at Swine Exhibitions”. In 2012, Marla was inducted into the IAFE’s “Hall of Fame”, the highest honor awarded by the Association.

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