Become a Member

Membership Requirements

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.

Each Festival or Event must have been in existence and operated on a continuing basis, successfully, for at least two consecutive calenar years. After the second consecutive year of operation, a Festival or Event is eligible to apply for membership into the Association. Official representatives of the OFEA will visit your Festival or Event following application and will provide a review to the Board of Directors at their next scheduled board meeting. A final decision for acceptance or non-acceptance will be made by the OFEA Board of Directors.

  • Upon being accepted as a member, any festival or event will be placed on a probationary period of one (1) year.
  • Annual dues and assessments must be paid by November 1. These monies are used to print and distribute thousands of brochures throughout the State of Ohio and to operate the Association.
  • A representative of your festival or event must attend both of the two regularly scheduled meetings of the Association during the calendar year (historically March and November).

Interested in Membership?

Have questions? Request more information by contacting the board member below:

Keriann Roach

2nd Vice President

37996 Pebble Lake Trail
North Ridgeville, OH 44039
(440) 364-7208

Email Keriann

Ready to apply for Membership?

Complete the member application and send to:

Anne Guggisberg


5060 St Rt 557
Millersburg, OH 44654
(330) 231-3178

Email Anne

Membership Benefits

As a member Festival or Event you receive the following benefits:

  • Listed in in print and digital OFEA brochures
  • Listed in various statewide magazines
  • Highlighted on the OFEA social media page prior to your event
  • Access to the OFEA Associate Members (vendors, entertainers, etc.), many of whom offer discounts to our members.
  • List of OFEA Judges you may use for you events such as pageants, parades, food, etc.
  • Opportunity to attend our annual convention where you can…
  • Attend education seminars
  • Meet with many of our Associate Members
  • See and hear various entertainment acts before you hire
  • Network with other festival organizers