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Why The Texas Events Summit?

Who We Are

The Texas Association of Fairs and Events (TAF&E) was formed in 1926 to provide inspiring leadership, create agriculture and education opportunities, and develop strategies that enhance and advance the fair and event industry.
 
The Texas Festivals & Events Association (TFEA), formed in 1984, is a professional trade association for festival and event planners and the suppliers who provide them with goods and services.
 

History And Purpose

Each of these associations has held a separate, long-running annual convention and trade show for its respective members.  While the associations reciprocate and mutually invite and welcome the members of the opposite association to attend, the conventions have been entirely autonomous of one another.
 
Given the joint nature of the industry both serve - fairs, festivals and special events - and the similarities in the organizational structure, operation and management, both TAF&E and TFEA have agreed to produce a joint convention periodically, starting with the 2013 Texas Events Summit.
 
Through the Texas Events Summit we seek to blend similarities and share individual organizational strengths to better serve our industry with greater state-wide industry unity and strength.  However, we also seek to honor each organization's unique culture and specific needs.  We believe the outcome will allow us to combine strengths while reducing costs and increasing efficiencies.
 

Our Goals

The shared goals of this co-hosted convention and trade show are:
  • To provide quality education and networking opportunities for all members/attendees
  • To create an environment for buyers and suppliers to meet and conduct business
  • To raise funds for each Association's operating budgets and unique outreach goals
  • To encourage big-picture thinking and promote state-wide industry unity
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