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Job Openings for Extraco Events Center, HOT Fair

We are excited to have multiple positions that are now open at the Extraco Events Center, Home of the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo.
Information for the 5 open positions can be found below.

Interested applicants can send their resume and cover letter to jobs@hotfair.com.

Nominations for the TAF&E Board of Directors

The TAF&E is currently accepting nominations for the TAF&E Board of Directors. Nominations will be considered by the nominating committee for future service to the TAF&E Board of Directors.

Considerations for Animal Activities

The Center for Disease Control recently released some Considerations for Animal Activities at Fairs, Shows & Other Events. As your event makes it's plans these considerations might assist.

Considerations for Future Livestock Shows & Events

As things open up and many of our members make plans for their upcoming events many safeguards and considerations need to be in place. This is an informational piece that we found from one of our associate members and thought that it might be useful to many of our members:


Task Force to Request Re-Opening Guidelines

A Task Force has been assembled to request Texas Governor Greg Abbott to issue guidelines so that fairs and festivals can evaluate opening in the coming months. This letter and economic impact information was assembled as a result of the responses submitted by TAF&E Members. This letter has been presented to the Governor. However, it is important that YOU request that your local senators and representatives also support this and request these guidelines from the Governor.

2020 Scholarship Recipients Announced

Congratulations to the recipients of the Texas Association of Fairs & Events Education Foundation Scholarships. Each year the TAF&E Education Foundation awards ten $2,000 scholarships to deserving young people from our member events.

The 2020 recipients are:

Lucas Bradshaw - Amarillo Tri-State Fair & Rodeo

Rachel Crane - Titus County Fair

Eli Jenkins - Angelina County Fair

Katelyn Klawinsky - Walker County Fair Association

Kaylin Krebs - Austin County Fair

Avery Kubecka - Matagorda County Fair & Livestock Association

Brealyn McKinney - Grimes County Fair

Ashlyn Real - Montgomery County Fair Association

Alldyn Schroeder - Washington County Fair

Elizabeth Quintanilla - Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show

Event Communications Check List

The International Association of Fairs and Expositions has assembled a number of tools and materials for fairs/events to utilize in making decisions and implementing their events. In this time of uncertainty we are all working to make the best decisions. As TAF&E gets more resources we will pass them along.

View the Resource Page: https://www.fairsandexpos.com/Communicable-Diseases

Event Self Assessment Tool

Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic a number of our members have asked for information that will assist them in preparing for the future of their events. The International Association of Fairs and Expositions has assembled a document that will assist you in assessing if your event can take place and what measures that you will need to take:


CARES Act Details NOW Available (4-3-2020)

The economic stimulus plan that was recently passed by the US Congress (The CARES Act) included $350 Billion in funding for the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP). These funds are intended to assist small business owners, certain non-profits, and other employers with whatever needs they have right now. These programs are available through the Small Business Administrations 7A program and all federally insured institutions have been delegated authority if they apply for the program.

Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) Downloads

TAF&E Educational Foundation Scholarship Deadline

TAF&E Educational Foundation Scholarship Deadline Extended Until May 1, 2020

Due to COVID-19 which has resulted in schools and many fair offices closing the TAF&E Educational Foundation Scholarship Deadline has been extended until May 1, 2020.

We realize that even with this extension that it may be difficult to get a letter from a principal, an official transcript or in some cases even the signature or letter from your local event.

To assist we will accept the following:

A letter from anyone at the applicant's school who can attest to their character, school performance, etc.

An unofficial transcript or last report card

An e-mail from the member event verifying that the applicant is their designated applicant (each event can only submit one applicant).

If you have any question feel free to contact Executive Director Chris Shivers at 830-990-1332 or Monica Mears at 979-532-9141.

Scholarship Application: https://www.texasfairs.com/p/resources-and-awards/scholarships/youth-scholarship-opportunities

Note from TAFE President Douglas Borchardt

A Message from Texas Association of Fairs and Events President


Dear TAF&E Members,

As we continue to see the unfathomable COVID-19 pandemic spread throughout our state, nation and the world, it is difficult to understand, grasp and envision what lies ahead for our fairs, festivals, events, associate members and all people around the world. What is certain is that we will come out of this at some point in time. Over the past few weeks COVID-19 has invaded our country interrupting all our lives, devastating the industry we love and support, and leaving a solemn trail of immeasurable consequences to us all. Unfortunately, it appears that COVID-19 will continue to play havoc with every aspect of our lives during the coming months. As Americans we are the most resilient people in the world and will prevail and prosper again through our prayers and efforts.

The U.S. Congress is working on putting together a number of bills to provide financial assistance to businesses that are being impacted by COVID-19 and while there has been much press about financial assistance for the airlines (air based) and cruise lines (sea based), and small businesses such as bars and restaurants (land based) there is little being talked about our industry.

The true economic impact on our industry is difficult to quantify but I think the document below entitled The Economic Devastation Due to COVID 19” provided by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions provides insight on its magnitude.

There are a few items that I would like to share with you today and encourage you to pursue:


The Small Business Administration will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. To obtain further information on this loan program click on this link https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources and locate the “Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program” section and select the “Click Here to Apply” located after the listing of all states that are eligible.


Reach out to your bankers and discuss your specific situation.As a former banker I know that the banking industry is currently strong, unlike in times past, and should be willing to work with you.Some banks actually work closely with the Small Business Administration and might be able to assist with your application for Disaster Loan funds.


Contact your U. S. Congressman and Senators and strongly recommend that they bring legislation for “Economic Relief for the Not-for Profit Fair & Festival Community and the Affiliated Mobile Outdoor Amusement Industry Sector”Please ask them to enact legislation such as that stated in the attached document entitled “Recommendation for Economic Relief”.


Don’t give up, as we will need each of you to stay strong as we will need you more than ever once we come out of this. Our faith in God will bring us through this as reflected in the attached picture that was taken by a member of the The Remnant Church in La Grange, Texas depicting the American Flag desperately clinging to the Cross, while the Christian Flag flies below it saying

“I’ve got you if you fall”.

In closing, my prayers are with each and every one of you, your family and your employees and should you have anything to enhance our efforts to bring calm and renewed vision to our membership, please share it with us.


Douglas R. Borchardt

State Fair of Texas Job - Ticketing/Sales Mgr.

Legislation passed to Reduce Taxes at County Fairs

Make plans to Attend the 2020 TAF&E Convention!

Each year Fair/Event and Associate Members meet at the TAF&E Convention for fellowship, education, a trade show that offers necessary services and the showcases of some of the best talent in the country.

More Details Coming Soon!
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