Current members: if you are renewing, please CLICK HERE to pay your dues.
Listing in the Annual Yearbook and Buyers Guide
This publication is sent to all members, fairs, and festivals in the State of Ohio. This is both an invaluable resource and marketing opportunity for our members. Additional listings and full color ads are also available for purchase.
Newsletters are published a minimum of four times per year and are packed with information for our members. Stay up to date with announcements, meeting minutes, legislative updates, industry news, classified ads, photographs, event reminders, the Concessionaire’s Corner, links to online content, and more!
The GOSA contracts with Government Advantage Group lobbying services to keep an ear to the ground at the statehouse so that we are kept abreast of laws or regulations that affect our industry. Our lobbyists, Amanda and Mikayla, speak to state representatives on these issues, prepare our members to testify when necessary, and assist the board with drafting position statements.
Public Relations with Fairs, Festivals, and Special Events
GOSA representatives attend all OFMA spring dinners each year. We maintain an office during the OFMA convention in January. Our trade show booth appears in multiple locations throughout the year to help promote the GOSA.
Events and Outings
The GOSA offers several opportunities to celebrate together, as well to network with other members. The GOSA sponsors tables at the OFMA convention gala, hosts an annual bowling party in January, events during the IISA trade show in February, Hit the Road Party in March, jamboree events through the summer, and the Fall Round Up party in Circleville in October.
Regular members affiliating with the GOSA before their 51st birthday may name a beneficiary and participate in the Memorial Fund. The named beneficiary will receive $1000 upon death of the member.
Each year the GOSA awards $1500 scholarships to many deserving and qualified full time college students in our industry “family”. Click HERE for more information on the scholarship programs available and to see a list of past recipients.
Awards and Recognition
The GOSA believes it is important to recognize those who go above and beyond in our industry. Nominations are accepted only from our paid members. Click HERE for more information on the award programs.
Voting Rights & Meeting Participation
The GOSA exists for the membership and believes that participation in the process of running the organization is very important. The following membership levels are eligible to vote at the annual meeting held each year during the OFMA convention: Regular, Spouse, Retiree. Any member may attend, observe, and participate in eight board meetings held monthly in the off season.
Actively involved in the outdoor amusement business as a ride operator, concessionaire, games owner, straight sales operator, performer, or other industry professional providing service or entertainment directly to fairs and festivals.
Married spouse of regular member. (Does not include yearbook, newsletter, or memorial fund.) Spouses may join as a regular member, at that rate, and receive all benefits of that membership level.
Businesses who provide products or services to the industry or fairs, festivals, or special events and organizations or individuals interested in the industry. (Does not include voting or memorial fund.)
Married spouses of associate members may also join. (Does not include yearbook, newsletter, voting, or memorial fund).
No longer in the outdoor amusement business. (May participate in the memorial fund if they were a regular member before their 51st birthday, and maintained continuous membership into retirement.)
Employee of GOSA member. (Does not include voting, memorial fund, yearbook, or newsletter.)
Joint Membership with OFMA
Regular GOSA membership and Ohio Fair Managers Association membership. The GOSA office will forward your OFMA dues for you!
We encourage you to join the only organization in the State of Ohio that is working for YOU, supporting all facets of the outdoor amusement industry!
CLICK HERE to get started!
Still haven’t decided?
Contact the GOSA office for more information: 740-739-9073
or email GreaterOhioSA@gmail.com