November 28, 2018 – Cara Muhlenkamp, manager of the Mercer County Fairgrounds, was recognized at the 128th Annual Convention of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) as a graduate of the Institute of Fair Management.
Launched in 2007, The Institute consists of a series of courses covering the areas of core competency necessary for today’s industry professional and volunteers involved in the production of their agricultural fair. Courses include management, risk management, marketing, programming, operations and year-round facility usage.
One of the 38, graduates honed at the IAFE Convention, Muhlenkamp enrolled in the program in 2016. Currently, there are more than 215 individuals enrolled in the Institute of Fair Management from across the U.S., Canada and Australia.
Muhlenkamp has been the fairground manager since 2012. Under the approval of the Mercer County Fair Board, she implemented several new events making the fairgrounds a year-round facility. “The Institute of Fair Management has been a wealth of information,” she stated. “Being able to network with other fairs that are the same size as Mercer County was important. The classes where taught by people who specialize in the industry of fairs of our size. This knowledge was specific to our fairgrounds.”
The International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE), based in Springfield, Mo., is a voluntary, nonprofit corporation, serving state, provincial, regional and county agricultural fairs, shows, exhibitions and expositions. Its associate members include state and provincial associations of fairs, non-agricultural expositions and festivals, associations, corporations and individuals engaged in providing products and services to its members, all of whom are interested in the improvement of fairs, shows, expositions and allied fields.