24th Annual CFEA Conference & Trade Show

March 21, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – March 23, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Ameristar Casino
111 Richman St
Black Hawk, CO 80422
Kinsley Phillips
  • Condensed format with impactful sessions and valuable networking!
  • Trade Show
  • Fun Scavenger Hunt at the Ameristar and nearby casinos
  • Discounted Rate for Students

The only conference in Colorado designed with YOU, the festival and event professional and supplier, in mind! Network with industry leaders.  Find professional resources.  Professional development and continuing education. Exciting networking events.

Discounted CFEA Member rate available.


Full Conference registration includes all conference materials, meals, breaks, seminars, trade show and social events – including the Thursday evening reception.

CFEA Member $185 per person/Non-Member $215 per person
CFEA Member Vendor $195 per person/Non-Member Vendor $225 per person
Member Trade Show Booth with 1 attendee $275
Non-Member Trade Show Booth with 1 attendee $375
Student rate $150

AFTER February 28, 2018
CFEA Member $210 per person/Non-Member $240 per person
CFEA Member Vendor $220 per person/Non-Member Vendor $250 per person

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Ameristar Casino ♦ Resort ♦ Spa
Black Hawk, Colorado

Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in Black Hawk offers 536 luxurious guest rooms, including 64 suites.  Rooms are comfortable, tastefully furnished and contain exquisite amenities and features to exceed the most discerning guests’ expectations.  An on-site fitness center, roof-top pool and the infamous Ara Spa will complete anyone’s overnight experience.

For reservations, call Ameristar Casino Resort Spa at 720-946-4000. Ask for the CFEA rate of $109/night. Group code is CFEC18A. The CFEA Room Block will fill up, so make your reservations as soon as possible.

Programming Schedule

*** Please note schedule is subject to change.  We are working with presenters to finalize presentation topics and descriptions.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Category Time Room Session Presenter Sponsored by
3 – 5 PM TBA TIPS® (Training for Intervention ProcedureS)

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Lindsey Barela, a certified TIPS trainer
Registration 5 – 6 PM Upstairs from Elevator Registration Open
Evening Activity 8 – 10 PM Casino Center Bar Meet and Greet Mixer
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Category Time Room Session Presenter Sponsored by
Registration 7:30 – 9 AM Upstairs from Elevator Registration Open
Breakfast 8:30 – 10 AM Summit Ballroom Breakfast and Annual Meeting Colorado Barricade
Session 10:15 – 11 AM Peaks A Beverage Panel: Learn from the experts in the liquor beverage industry regading event engagement and best practices Representatives of the beverage industry from distributors to liquor brands
10:15 – 11 AM Peaks B Sponsor Relations Brooke Spain, Special Events & Sponsorship Coordinator, Town of Parker
11 – 11:15 AM Hall TRADE SHOW
Session 11:15 AM – 12 PM Peaks A Denver Festival and Event Planning – Nuts & Bolts Session Denver Office of Special Events
11:15 AM – 12 PM Peaks B Event Volunteer Coordination: Pre-event coordination and recruitment of volunteers; coordinating day of volunteers (orientation and training; supervising) Donovan Cordova, Volunteer Manager, Make-A-Wish Colorado
11:15 AM – 12 PM Lounge Merchandising Ira Johnson, Owner, Happy Llama
Lunch 12:15 – 1:15 PM Buffet Lunch United Site Services
1:30- 2:30 PM Hall TRADE SHOW
Session 2:45- 3:30 PM Peaks A Event Security Panel: This is your opportunity to learn how to keep you festival or event safe! Denver Police Department and Private Security Firms
2:45- 3:30 PM Peaks B

Current Social Media Algorithms and Best SEO Practices

Misty Montano, Director of Digital Media, 9New s

3:30 – 3:45 PM Hall TRADE SHOW
Session 3:45- 4:30 PM Peaks A Drinking Bikes & Riding Beers. How Denver became the epicenter of the “fun on bikes” movement Brad Evans, Denver Cruiser Ride
3:45- 4:30 PM Peaks B Sponsor Panel: Back by popular demand! Hear from professionals who work directly with event producers regarding the techniques of sponsorship development. Representatives and community relation specialists in television, print media and corporate
Trade Show and Reception 5 – 7 PM Cliffside and Hall Trade Show, Networking, Dinner CAM
Evening Activity 7 – 9 PM Black Hawk Scavenger Hunt
Hospitality Suite 9 – 11 PM 9th Floor Hospitality Suite – Craps and Black Jack Lessons from Dealers
Denver Mart Drive In
11:00 PM 9th Floor Silent Auction Closes
Friday, March 23, 2018
Category Time Room Session Presenter Sponsored by
Breakfast 9 – 9:45 AM Buffet Room Continental Breakfast
Session 9:15 – 11 AM Peaks A and B Keynote Speaker Jason Romero Eventful Productions
Prize Drawings 11 – 11:30 AM Peaks A and B Drawings and Auction Item Pick Up
11:30 – 1:30 PM TBA TIPS® (Training for Intervention ProcedureS)

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Lindsey Barela, a certified TIPS trainer

New this year! Get your TIPS certification at the CFEA Conference

CFEA is always looking to add more value to the conference. This year, CFEA is partnering with Lindsey Barela, a certified TIPS trainer, to host a class on Wednesday afternoon before the conference starts and on Friday after the conference ends. TIPS® (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) is the global leader in education and training for the responsible service, sale, and consumption of alcohol. Proven effective by third-party studies, TIPS is a skills-based training program that is designed to prevent intoxication, underage drinking, and drunk driving. For event organizers, it is another tool to have in your bag of tricks to ensure you are keeping your guests safe during your events. The two-hour class will cover the TIPS Concessions program which is geared toward concession sales and special events. As an event planner herself, Lindsey tailors the class to large event/festival beverage management and real onsite experiences. This class is recommended for any member of an event’s senior management team and/or anyone who works/volunteers on an event’s beverage team. The class is not included with your conference registration, but will be offered at an industry discount of $35 which includes the TIPS certification exam. Those that pass the exam will receive a TIPS certification card which is valid for three years and can be used for multiple events and venues. To register for either of the discounted CFEA TIPS classes, email Lindsey Barela at Lindsey@GritandGratEvents.com.

Sponsor Opportunities

If your company provides products or services to this vibrant and growing event industry, this is YOUR marketplace, where you can reach and impact your potential customers! BE A CFEA SPONSOR!

CFEA Sponsor Brochure 2018


Help us make this year’s auction one of the best yet! We need your auction donations to build support for CFEA.  CLICK HERE to register your auction item donations.











Trade Show

2018 Trade Show Exhibitors

Americas for Conservation


CEW Enterprises

Colorado Barricade

Golf Tournaments Incorporated

Goodbye Blue Monday

InFUNity Events

Liberty Staffing/Waste Management


Radio Resource

Sunny Communications

Tri-State Fireworks, Inc.

United Site Services

The Wright Group

Zambelli Fireworks

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