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Good Morning Western Fairs Association Member,

We hope all of our Moms out there had a great day yesterday! Welcome to another week of Fairgrounds Appreciation! Today's theme for Fairgrounds Appreciation Month is Food! We over here at the WFA office love Fair Food, and are looking forward to seeing your favorites! Make sure to tag us on social media and use #FairgroundsAppreciationMonth and #WFAHereToHelp. We are looking forward to seeing all of the ways you are sharing what our amazing industry does! We have loved seeing all of your posts so far! Keep up the great work!

Sending our love and support,

Western Fairs Association Team
 
 
 
 
 
FROM WESTERN FAIRS ASSOCIATION
 
 
 
 
NEW! Proud Member of Western Fairs Association Digital Stamp
We are proud to have you all as members, check out our new Digital Stamp to include on your website, social media, or email signature...DOWNLOAD TODAY!
 
 
 
 
NEW! Proud Member of California Fairs Alliance Digital Stamp
We have rebranded and are ready to take action, CFA members we appreciate you! Here is your new Digital Stamp to include on your website, social media, or email signature...DOWNLOAD TODAY!
 
 
Cloverdale Citrus Fair is #WFAHereToHelp
 
 
We Are Here to HELP Digital Campaign
Western Fairs Association and our members are HERE TO HELP as we navigate our way through COVID-19. Today more than ever we are seeing our local, state, and national governments call upon the fair industry to assist during times of crisis; nationwide, Fairgrounds stand to serve. Let’s make #WFAHereToHelp travel the world...JOIN THE CAMPAIGN.
 
 
 
 
UPDATED: WFA COVID-19 Updates Webpage
The Western Fairs Association COVID-19 Updates webpage includes a full list of fair cancellations, resources, and information by country and state. This page is updated daily... VISIT OUR SITE.
 
 
 
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
 
 
 
 
WFA COVID-19 Communications
Featured Topic: Membership Benefits Program & Insurance
Time: May 20, 2020 2:00 PM PST
Join Zoom Meeting: Link to Join
Phone: +1 (669) 900-9128
Meeting ID: 210 210 1776
Password: 1776
 
 
 
 
 
WHAT ARE OUR MEMBERS DOING?
 
 
 
 
NEW! Photos: Fair Food Fridays in Pleasanton
The Mercury News
The Alameda County Fairgrounds held its third “Fair Food Fridays” at the fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Customers pre-ordered their fair food dinners online, with no-contact curbside pick up at the fairgrounds. Decorated livestock statues were also on display as selfie spots...CHECK IT OUT!
 
 
 
 
NEW! Another Covid-19 Loss? The Jumping Frog Jubilee
The New York Times
Since Jon Kitchell began competing in the annual Calaveras Jumping Frog Jubilee, his brother has won, his wife has won, and his son has won. Even his daughter-in-law has won. As for Mr. Kitchell, 58, he’s still working on it. “I think every year is the year,” he said...CHECK IT OUT!
 
 
 
 
EventsPass Presentation: Sponsorship & Relationships
Events Pass
Thank you to those who were able to attend yesterday's virtual discussion. For presentation, additional information and how to contact the EventsPass Team...CHECK IT OUT!
 
 
 
 
FROM THE INDUSTRY
 
 
 
 
NEW! PAPA and NJAA release Safe Play guide books
Amusement Today

PAPA and NJAA created a plan for reopening their attractions in hopes that their work can reach more people. The documents hope to show elected officials that area attractions have their guests’ and employees’ safety in mind and are focused on reopening as safe and prepared as possible...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
NEW! OABA: Glimmers of hope
Amusement Today
For the past 10 days the focus of discussion for our industry, and many others, has been focused on reopening. As of today, 31 states have some plans for reopening their economies; members have been contacting the office to inform us about some of these...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
RESOURCE: 2020 Return to Live Events Survey Results
IFEA
Surveying over 2,000 regular attendees to sports events, festivals, fairs, exhibitions, and business conferences, Enigma Research, together with the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA), International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE), Exhibitor Media Group, Northstar Meetings Group and SportsTravel, have released the results of their 2020 Return to Live Events Survey, uncovering the “new normal” of events, including timelines and motivation to return, opinions on precautionary measures, travel intentions, plus information for sponsors and governments...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
IN THE NEWS
 
 
 
 
NEW! Coronavirus Live Updates: Political Divides Drive Dispute Over Assistance for States
The New York Times

The infections stirred concerns about how to keep workplaces safe as the economy reopens. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that unemployment would get worse before it got better...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Fauci, CDC and FDA heads taking precautions after exposure to coronavirus
The Washington Post

Since two White House aides tested positive for the coronavirus last week, officials who were potentially exposed have responded in a variety of ways, raising questions about how the administration is keeping the president, vice president and their staffs safe...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! The Disastrous Employment Numbers Show Almost Every Job Is at Risk
The New York Times

Even if public health concerns can be resolved relatively soon, a hole in aggregate demand could persist for some time....READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Coronavirus Grants Available for Struggling Small Businesses
Small Business Trends
It’s no secret that small businesses are facing massive financial challenges due to coronavirus...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! World Health Organization to launch coronavirus symptom-checking app
Digital Trends
The World Health Organization (WHO) will soon be launching its own app for people to check their coronavirus symptoms, as reported by Reuters. The purpose is to provide information to people in countries that do not have the resources to create their own apps...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Small business accelerators helping companies navigate coronavirus pandemic
Fox Business
While the novel coronavirus is taking a toll on the nation’s economy and small businesses, some companies within the sector that are backed by accelerators are finding ways around obstacles created by the pandemic...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Trump sought a reopening but found the virus in the White House instead
CNN Politics
President Donald Trump hoped this would be the week he emerged into a nation recovering from pandemic. Instead the pandemic came to him...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
RESOURCE: Industry Guidance for Promoting the Health and Safety of All Travelers
US Travel Association 
Developed based on Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) and White House guidelines: “Opening Up America Again“ and in consultation with public health experts...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
RESOURCE: COVID-19 REOPENING GUIDANCE Considerations for the Global Attractions Industry
IAAPA
The principles and considerations outlined in the following publication were compiled from attractions operators around the world in consultation with an epidemiologist. They are designed to provide approaches for you to consider as you reopen your attraction in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
A LITTLE BIT OF SUNSHINE
 
 
 
 
The Office Cast Reunites for Zoom Wedding: Some Good News with John Krasinski Ep. 7
Some Good News
John Krasinski highlights some good news around the world (including weather from Emma Stone) and has his friends from The Office join in to surprise a newly married couple. Special thanks to Emily Blunt for the intro and Zac Brown for the live performance...WATCH NOW.
 
 
 
 
Stay safe and healthy!
 
 
 
      
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