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Good Morning Western Fairs Association Member,

Today's theme for Fairgrounds Appreciation Month is Testing and Medical Sites! This week we are appreciating the many ways our fairgrounds serve our communities in times of emergency. Fairgrounds play a vital roll in ensuring the safety of our community members year-round. When sharing your stories and the ways you serve your communities, make sure to tag us on social media, and use #FairgroundsAppreciationMonth and #WFAHereToHelp. Keep up the great work!

Tomorrow we will be hosting another COVID-19 Virtual Discussion. Please use the call-in information to sign in and participate!

As always WFA is here for you! Please do not hesitate to reach out if there is anything we can help you with!

Sending our love and support,

Western Fairs Association Team
 
 
 
 
 
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WFA COVID-19 Communications
Featured Topic: Membership Benefits Program & Insurance
Time: May 20, 2020 2:00 PM PST
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WHAT OUR MEMBERS ARE DOING
 
 
 
 
NEW! Don't Cancel Your Stock Show. Save it! Webinar
Virtual Stock Show
New member VirtualStockShow.com is hosting a webinar Thursday of this week to demonstrate how to take a virtual livestock show from concept to completion. Webinar to be presented by Jeff Maynard of Gilbert, Arizona, a seasoned hog judge, a former FFA member and state FFA officer, and a professional auctioneer...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
FROM THE INDUSTRY
 
 
 
 
NEW! How Do You Social Distance at a County Fair?
Hooser Ag Today
Purdue Extension announced on Friday that county 4-H fairs can happen in July if certain criteria are met. As part of Governor Holcomb’s “Back on Track Indiana” plan to safely reopen the state, conventions, sports events, fairs, and festivals may resume July 4th as part of Stage 5...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
IN THE NEWS
 
 
 
 
NEW! Coronavirus Live Updates: Moving to Deflect Blame, Trump Criticizes W.H.O.
The New York Times
President Trump escalated his attacks on the global health group. He also said he was taking hydroxychloroquine, an unproven drug against the coronavirus, as a preventive measure. Colleges looked for ways to reopen safely in the fall...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Keeping Your Business Going May Mean Both Growing and Shrinking
The New York Times
For some companies, like Mike’s Organic Delivery, embracing higher demand without changing their core strategy is the key to survival...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Who Is Winning the COVID-19 Vaccine Race?
Investopedia
Experts including the U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell believe that a complete economic recovery is only possible once a vaccine against the mysterious and deadly novel coronavirus is discovered...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! The $2400 Per Month Benefit No One Is Talking About
Forbes
As many Americans look towards the next round of stimulus, with the first action being the House of Representatives voting on the HEROES Act last Friday, there’s at tendency to forget that the CARES Act created a $2,400 per month benefit for many Americans...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Daytona Lagoon Waterpark and family entertainment center announce additional best practices to re-opening
Amusement Today
Daytona Lagoon is implementing additional facility-wide improvements to its already stringent health and hygienic focused operating procedures in anticipation of reopening after the Covid-19 temporary closure....CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Inside Major League Baseball's toughest game yet
ESPN
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL'S plan to start the season by July 4 relies on a dizzying array of moving parts, including the cooperation of 27 U.S. cities and a foreign country, the availability of more than 200,000 reliable coronavirus tests and a promise not to interfere with the nationwide fight to contain the pandemic...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Government-backed coronavirus vaccine shows promise in first human trials
Politico
Monday's results "boost confidence" that the company can move into Phase Two trials very quickly to determine if the vaccine is effective...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
INTERESTING IDEA: Creative & out-of-the-box ideas to generate revenue now and when you reopen
Amusement Today
Gateway Ticketing Systems, the world leader in ticketing, admission control, revenue generation and expert consulting for the attractions industry, will be holding the tenth installment of their Webinar Wednesdays series on Wednesday, May 20 at 2:00 PM EST, titled: Creative & Out-of-the-Box Ideas to Generate Revenue Now and When You Reope...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
A LITTLE BIT OF SUNSHINE
 
 
 
 
Scientists Use Electrode Implants to Help Blind People ‘See’ Shapes and Letters—All Without Using Their Eyes
Good News Network
Scientists have come with a groundbreaking new way for blind people to “see” by delivering visual information directly to the brain, rather than through damaged eyes...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
FROM WESTERN FAIRS ASSOCIATION
 
 
 
 
Several days ago, we called on you to help, and you delivered! Whether it was from making financial contributions, engaging on social media, writing letters to your elected officials, sharing your story with your community, or maybe all four, you, Western Fairs Association Members, delivered! Thank you for your participation and support of the Network of Fairs!

While Stage 1 was effective, we are not done. The Western Fairs Association and the California Fairs Alliance have been busy preparing additional materials for you so that we can effectively tell our story, and take action on behalf of our members. Use the link below to see how you can take action on behalf of the fair industry!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stay safe and healthy!
 
 
 
      
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