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What is the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals?

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The Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals, a non-profit organization, promotes events and educates event organizers to help in the successful production of the fairs and festivals in Louisiana. The organization encourages organizers to adopt agricultural, industrial, commercial and educational art exhibits and programs into their events. The organization works to ensure the events aid in the progress and prosperity of the state's towns and parishes.

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The Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals, which began in 1932, opens its membership to any fair, festival or event in the state and charges a fee for membership. The organization also features associate membership for organizations, businesses and individuals involved in the events. The LAFF splits up the associate memberships into three databases: carnival, talent and supplier.

The organization holds an annual convention in the first quarter of each year that includes Industry speakers, panel workshops and round table discussions. Also, the LAFF publishes a yearly membership directory and periodical newsletters that update members on legislative news, convention information and member enrichment.

Some of the fairs and festivals promoted by the LAFF include the Acadiana Pride Festival, the Lacombe Food and Music Festival, and Mardi Gras of SWLA.

Past presidents of the organizations include Edison Campanella, Jeff Wright, Wilma Bedell Ballm, the first female president, and Dr. Alvan H. Lafargue, the first president.

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