The Arkansas Festivals & Events Association is excited to announce that the El Dorado Conference Center and the Murphy Arts District will be the hosts of the the 2018 AFEA  “MAD About Festivals & Events” Annual Conference & Trade Show on February 7 & 8, 2018. The two facilities located in the historic downtown El Dorado will be the backdrop for sessions, keynote speakers, meals, and showcase for the 2 day event.

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Announcing Speakers

Katherine Stewart, Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
Katherine is based in Little Rock and is responsible for central Arkansas and also oversees the various social media platforms for Arkansas State Tourism.


Kathryn Heller, Ghidotti Communications
Kathryn and her team hail from Ghidotti Communications, a full service marketing firm rooted in public relations.


Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration


Mike Garrity, Little Rock Marathon
Mike is charged with designing and ensuring security each year at the state’s largest marathon where thousands converge to run and cheer on runners alike.


Mudbug Madness Festival, Shreveport, LA
Melanie Bacon, Executive Director and members of her team will be visiting and presenting from one of the largest events in the city of Shreveport.


Terry Stewart, El Dorado Festivals & Events, Murphy Arts District
With a background holding high profile positions such as CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and president & chief operating officer of Marvel Entertainment Group, Stewart came to El Dorado tasked with turning the small Arkansas town into one of the South’s top tourism destinations.

If you are interested in being a 2018 sponsor, vendor, or entertainer you can view the form here:  2018 Vendor-Sponsor Form

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