2017 AFEA Annual Conference

& Trade Show Re-cap

See below for conference speaker contact information, vendor & sponsor information, entertainer information, and other post-conference details. You can also view videos and other information at www.facebook.com/ARFestivals. OR click here https://vimeo.com/201492788  to view a video recap by Gary Jones Video!


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Jessica Ledbetter

(501) 376-4781


The Food Commander 501-529-6710 foodcommander@yahoo.com

Jim Metcalf 501-835-3777 jim@stagemasterssound.com

Los Locos Food Truck loslocos15@yahoo.com

Fathead BBQ, Etc 501-353-9565 fatheadbbqetc@gmail.com

Kona Ice Little Rock 501-733-6840 dalette.vickers@att.net


Speaker Contact Information

Susie Cowan, Keynote Speaker

Local First Arkansas

Phone: (870) 540-9867

Email:    susie.localfirstar@gmail.com

Sherrye McBryde-Race 101: Fundamentals of Incorporating & Organizing a Race into Your Event

Komen Arkansas/Race For The Cure

Phone: (501) 202-4399



Stacy Hurst-General Session: Department of Arkansas Heritage

Department of Arkansas Heritage

Phone: (501) 324-9162

Email:    stacy.hurst@arkansas.gov

Joseph Woodson, Jr.-#RelationshipGoals: Local Businesses & Your Events Getting Along

Park Hill Business Merchants Association

Email:    josephwoodsonjr@gmail.com


Stephanie Meincke-Nonprofit Board Institute: Strengthen Your Board

Arkansas Nonprofit Alliance

Phone: (501) 375-1223

Email: smeincke@arkansasnonprofits.org

Ian Beard-Locally Crafted Beer & Your Event

Stone’s Throw Brewing

Phone: (501) 244-9154

Email:    ian@stonesthrowbeer.com


Mark Lawrence-General Session: Compliance Is Key, Arkansas Amusement Law

Arkansas Department of Labor

Phone: (501) 682-4500

Email:    mark.lawrence@arkansas.gov

David Bertelin-Crisis Management In An Active Shooter Situation

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management

Phone: (501) 683-6700

Email: david.bertelin@adem.arkansas.gov

Elizabeth Michael-Social Media: Get More Attendees Through the Power of FOMO (and find out what FOMO means)




Maret Cahill-Hicks-Expand Your Volunteer Wingspan: Recruitment & Retention

United Way of Central Arkansas

Phone: (501) 327-5087

Email:    mcahill@uwcark.org

Mary Margaret Satterfield- Earn Your ALFiE Wings: How To Successfully Construct Award Submissions

Toad Suck Daze

Phone: (501) 327-7788



Chellie Longstreth & Becky Falkowski-Food Truck Flight Plan: Navigate & Plan Your Concessions w/ Ease

Downtown Little Rock Partnership

Phone:  (501) 375-0121

Email:    clongstreth@downtownlr.com

Vendor Contact Info

Johnson’s Rides & Concessions

Phone: (870) 310-5884


Arkansas Circus Arts

Phone: (501) 701-3622

Email: arkansascircusarts@gmail.comwww.arkansascircusarts.com

Gary Jones Video/ Arkansas Travel Channel

Phone:  501.766.9493

Email: gwj@garyjonesvideo.com


Morley Family Entertainment

Phone: 870-307-3157

Email: cedricmorley@yahoo.com



Phone: (501) 676-0130

Email: mike@laminate.com joe@laminate.com


Wells Fun Company

Phone: (501) 844-7036

Email: wellsfuncompany@yahoo.com


Paul & Arty’s Circus Party

Phone: (870) 543-9064

Email: paul@paulprater.com


Arkansas Department of Labor

Mark Lawrence

Phone: (501) 690-8774

Email: mark.lawrence@arkansas.gov

Creative Lines, LLC

Phone: (501) 766-5725

Email: kp@clcreativelines.com

Website: www.clcreativelines.com

Arkansas Press Association

501-374-1500 office


Email: neil@arkansaspress.org


Phone: 501.975.6251



 Jessica Kenney Music

Phone: 513-600-1625

Email: jessicakenneymusic@yahoo.com



           Arkansas Department of Labor


Johnson’s Rides & Concessions     


2017 Entertainer Showcase Information

A Special Thanks to Our Showcase Sponsor: STAGEMASTERS, INC.


MC of the Event…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………Wild Joe King

Joe King’s experience as a disc jockey and emcee all started in the 1980’s when a local T.V. personality, who moonlighted as a D.J., hired Joe to break dance at parties in which he was working.  From there, he was hired to help with sound and began to learn the ropes.  First hired as a D.J. at a teen club in Little Rock in 1983, he now has over 33 years of experience and has performed in 18 states, including local commercials. These days, Joe is able to perform in many different capacities. Some of his specialties include: MC and DJ capabilities for 5k races, 10k races, marathons, weddings, expositions and much more. If you have a diverse crowd that needs entertaining, Joe is your man!


 Joseph Shackelford

This classically trained Rock Violinist is electrifying stages across the region! Electric Violinist Joseph Shackelford is transforming the perception of what is possible with the violin and genres such as rock, pop, alt rock, and more. Described as the “Jimi Hendrix of Violin,” Joseph is taking on the world one stage at a time! Joseph has performed on the same bill/alongside: 3 Doors Down, Ben Folds, Barrett Baber, Whisky Myers, Will Hoge, and many more. Developing a diehard fan base, Joseph’s shows always deliver! Equipped with an energy that is fun and engaging, Joseph creates an experience that will rock any music festival or concert venue!

Sol Def Band

Sol Def Band is a regional favorite and an R & B based party band that knows how to rock & roll AND play soul. Featuring masterful vocals from Little Rock favorite, Miki Gaynor, this tight and accomplished four piece band will fill have the crowd moving all night long. The band has a huge repertoire from the 70’s, 80’s, and through today. Sol Def Band is an all in one show with the ability to bring its own sound equipment and lighting!

Paul & Arty’s Circus Show

Paul and Arty’s Circus Party is a throwback to the touring shows of the Vaudeville circuit.  Paul and Arty will bring class, skill and talent to your event, while also keeping alive a dying part of American Fair & Festival History. Paul Prater will amaze with sideshow, magic and mentalism while Arty Dodger will astound with juggling, balance and strongman acts. However, these two aren’t just stand alone performers, rather, they create a seamless act incorporating the best parts of Vaudeville, with a highly interactive and entertaining show that is great for the whole family.

Jess Kelli Adams

Texas-born, Ohio-raised and Nashville-living, Jess Kellie Adams is an artist/songwriter who has a loving, positive, and honest approach to her songwriting and performance that draws in a crowd.  The diversity in the music and the approach to each song delivers a unique experience for the audience.  Jess’ music is creative, bold, fearless and raw in emotion.   She creates a journey for the audience that ranges from heartbreaks and love to positivity and independence. Raised in Ohio, Jess has entertained at many fairs and festivals across the United States. She has performed in shows including national artists:  John Michael Montgomery, Billy Ray Cyrus, Daryl Singletary, Julianne Hough (Huff), Kip Moore, and Josh Thompson. Please welcome Jess Kellie Adams!

James Robert Webb

True to his background and life, James Robert Webb is an artist who walks the line between traditional andmodern country music. Raised on a 10-acre farm 20 miles outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Webb grew undeniably country roots while being close enough to be influenced by artists as diverse as Bob Wills, Leon Russell and Ronnie Dunn. His last single “How That Feels” gave James his first top 40 as a songwriter and second as an artist on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart. The song spent an unprecedented 12 consecutive weeks New & Active on the Billboard Indicator chart before debuting at #60. Continued radio success is expected as he releases “Put It In Drive”, the latest single from his debut indie album, “Pictures” while he and his team are busy producing his sophomore album “Honky Tonk Revival” planned for a January 2017 release.

Entertainer Contact Information

Wild Joe King                                     Joseph Shackelford                                       Sol Def Band

(501) GET-WILD                                          (330) 732-7342                                               (501) 230-4485

joe@laminate.com                                  jsmusicmanagement@gmail.com                  soldefband@gmail.com


Paul & Arty’s Circus Party                Jess Kelli Adams                                             James Robert Webb

(870) 543-9064                                           (513) 600-1625                                                       (931) 680-1932

paul@paulprater.com                               jessicakenneymusic@yahoo.com                       camilla@bannermusic.com