A Festival must be an annual event formed and organized around a specific theme, product, or contest, promoted for community and/or civic betterment, and open to the general public.
A special Event must be one that is carried out as a public activity, on an annual basis. Both must attract visitors and patrons from outside of the county in which the event is taking place. Each Festival and/or Event must have a regular, established sponsoring organization, existing on a continuing basis, and is required to operate in a clean wholesome manner, so as to provide both entertainment and education to the general public.
Each applicant for membership shall make every effort to avoid holding its annual Festival or Event, and especially its parade(s), on a date already being used by another member or event in close proximity. The Board of Directors shall resolve any conflict of dates.
Each Festival or Event must have been in existence and operated on a continuing basis, successfully, for at least four consecutive calendar years. After the fourth consecutive year of operation, a Festival or Event may apply for acceptance and membership in the Association. Official representatives of OFEA will visit your Festival or Event during your fifth year of operation and will provide investigation statistics to the Board of Directors at the annual meeting each November. A final decision for acceptance or non-acceptance will be made by the OFEA Board of Directors.
As a member Festival or Event you receive the following benefits: