Deadlines Extended

Deadlines for registrations and hotel reservations have been extended to Feb. 25.


General Information

Fairs & Festivals: Honestly, they're for everyone!
March 15-17, 2019
Embassy Suites by Hilton
1040 P Street
Lincoln, NE

For hotel reservations call 1-402-474-1111. You can also book your room(s) online, here. Please use group code IAF when reserving your room(s)to get the $132 room rate. At Embassy Suites Wi-Fi is complimentary within the atrium area, however there is a $4.95/day fee for standard internet or $12.95/day for premium internet. Guests with a Hilton Honors membership can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi. Hilton Honors is free to join. 

There are two ways to register for the Zone 5 conference. The first is online on IAFE's website, click here. Please note, you must be a member of IAFE to register online. The second way is to fill out a PDF registration form, see below. 

Please email PDF registrations to or print and mail to:

Nebraska State Fair
PO Box 1387 
Grand Island, NE 68802

You can also fax them to 308-384-1555

Zone 5 Schedule



Zone 5 Registration Form

Zone 5 Registration PDF


Transportation Information

To book flights out of the Lincoln Airport, please visit This airport is within 5 miles of Embassy Suites by Hilton; you will be responsible for your transportation to the hotel. 

To book flights out of Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska, please visit This airport is 62 miles east of Lincoln; you will be responsible for your transportation to the hotel. 

If you wish to travel within Lincoln, you may consider using the city's StarTran services. For routes and more information, please visit .

Parking Information

For guests with vehicles you will need to utilize the parking garages in Downtown Lincoln during the Zone 5 Conference. The Que Place parking garage is directly east of Embassy Suites, and may be the most convenient location to park your vehicle. The Marketplace parking garage is on the block west of Embassy Suites, and will be a little walk from the hotel. For pricing and more information, please visit Lincoln's Park&Go website. Embassy Suites offers valet parking, and charges $19 per day, per vehicle.

Downtown Lincoln & Restaurants

If you're looking for restaurants and things to do while in town, your options are near endless and within walking distance of the hotel. Visit the Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau website for information to help you plan your visit. Below are a few links to help you decide what to do, and where to go! To view the 2019 Lincoln Visitor's Guide, click here

Pre-conference tours:

Nebraska Innovation Campus*

Friday, March 15, 2019, two tour times: load buses at 1:45 pm and 3 pm.

The campus is a 249-acre research campus located on the site of the old Nebraska State Fairgrounds. Designed to “facilitate new and in-depth partnerships between the University of Nebraska and private sector businesses.” Nebraska Innovation Studio, Greenhouse Innovation Center and the Rise Building are some of the state-of-the-art structures on the campus which include cutting-age technology and use sustainable energy. This is a guided, hour-long walking tour. Transportation will be provided for this tour on Friday, March 15.


Nebraska State Capitol Building*

Friday, March 15, 2019, load buses at 2:15 pm for 3 pm tour

The Capitol building took 10 years to build at a cost of $9.8 million in 1932. The Capitol is 15- stories tall with stunning Rotunda and beautiful Memorial Chamber. Pick up the scavenger hunt questions and find all the hidden treasures among the chandeliers and paintings. Join in our organized tour, or go at any time on your own! Tours for the Capitol building are held daily M-F on the hour from 8 am to 5 pm and Saturdays 1 to 5 pm. This is a guided, walking tour. Transportation will be provided for this tour on Friday, March 15.


* If you are interested in attending these tours, please contact Sue Tynan at or call her at 308-385-3938.

Tour on your own:

Memorial Stadium

“In Commemoration of the men of Nebraska who served and fell in the Nations Wars.” Take a self-guided tour of the home to the Nebraska Cornhuskers! The stadium is within walking distance of the Embassy Suites Hotel, and most areas of the tour are accessible seven days a week from 8 am to 5 pm. Stops include a look inside the stadium, the west Stadium lobby which has several new displays plus trophies of Nebraska’s 17 NCAA Top Ten Award winners, the Devaney Statue and the Legacy Statue. Self-guided tour within walking distance of Embassy Suites.


Lancaster Event Center

The LEC opened in 2001 after the Lancaster County Fair outgrew the buildings used at the former State Fairgrounds. Today, the 400,000 sq. ft. multi-use event center is spread over 160 acres and sits on the outskirts of Lincoln. Over the past 18 years, it has grown to hosting over 320 events such as the #2 Farm show, the #2 Tractor Pull and two of the top 10 Quarter Horse shows within the U.S. It is also home of the Lancaster County Super Fair! In addition, LEC has been chosen to host the 2020 and 2021 National High School Rodeo Finals. Arrangements can be made for a guided tour. Contact, if interested. Interested parties would need to provide their own transportation.


Nebraska State Fairgrounds

Anyone wanting to tour the Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Grand Island, Nebraska, are welcome to do so at anytime on Friday, March 15 between 9 am and 4:30 pm! The fairgrounds, located at 501 E. Fonner Park Road, is approx. 95 miles west of Embassy Suites in Lincoln, so plan accordingly. Please call the front desk at 308-382-1620 to make advance arrangements for your visit.

Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed

Friday, March 15, 2019 - Free admission for Zone 5 guests

"Founded in 1992 by 'Speedy' Bill and Joyce Smith, the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed is dedicated to preserving, interpreting and displaying physical items significant in racing and automotive history. The museum is a federally recognized 501 (c) (3) private foundation and currently encompasses more than 150,000 sq. ft. over three levels. The vast collection resulted from the Smiths’ personal involvement in racing and hot rodding for more than six decades, and their lifelong passion for collecting and preserving historic automotive artifacts…museum visitors will witness a stunning array of history-making cars, engines, parts, toys and memorabilia. You’ll see countless rare and one-of-a-kind items, all presented in beautiful displays and dioramas that will make you feel like you’ve taken a step back into the past!" Interested parties would need to provide their own transportation.


Conference Tours:

The International Quilt Study Center and Museum presents the 10th Annual National Quilting Day*

Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 9 am - 4 pm, load buses at 1:15 pm

(Please note: this tour will occur during workshop times, and is intended for any spouses who wish to attend)

Block printing, bracelet making, handwork demonstration, collections care, Quilts of Valor and more!

Lectures scheduled:

  • Collecting and Recollecting: Contemporary Quilts in Western India" by Marin Hanson at 10 am and 1 pm
  • "Quilts of Valor" by Sara Kenny at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm
  • Crafting Culture" by Claire Nicholas & Surin Kim at 11 am and 2 pm
  • “I Like It All” trunk show by Peg Pennell at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm

Transportation will be provided for the afternoon lecture series.


Pinnacle Bank Arena

Saturday, March 16, 5 – 6 pm, load buses at 4:30 pm

This 470,000 sq. ft., multi-use facility is home to the UNL Men’s and Women’s Basketball Team. This favorited concert venue, with seating for 15,500, has hosted artists from Michael Bublé, Jason Aldean, and Eric Church to Metallica, Jay Z, and P!nk, along with ice programs and community gatherings. The multi-storied building, with an entirely glass front lobby, sits in the heart of the Haymarket Area of Lincoln. The facility was completed in 2013 ahead of schedule and under budget. Transportation will be provided for conference attendees.


* If you are interested in attending this Quilting tour, please contact Sue Tynan at or call her at 308-385-3938.