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Good Morning Western Fairs Association Member,


We hope our newsletters find you safe and well, as we continue to bring you relevant and up-to-date information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the resources that are available to you. This morning you will see some new features including our "We are here to help" campaign, and "What are our members doing?" Please share with us what you are doing during this troublesome time and join us in showing the world what fairs can do even in times of emergency. 


Doing something innovative? Fun? Have you learned something new? Share it with the Western Fairs Association team or tag us on social media!

 
 
 
 
 
FROM WESTERN FAIRS ASSOCIATION
 
 
 
 
NEW! 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… let’s show the extensive reach of the Fair Industry. Post your own example - using the attached #WFAHereToHelp sign - of how you, members of the fair industry, stand to serve in your unique way. Join in as we flood social media with a viral campaign showcasing how impactful our industry truly is. Let us all do what we do best: serve our communities...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.
 
 
 
 
FROM THE INDUSTRY
 
 
 
 
NEW! Tips for Your Employees on How to Financially Survive the COVID-19 crisis.
Afton Tickets
As event organizers, business owners, and leaders of our organizations, our employees are like family! Their financial success depends largely on our ability to keep them on our payroll and continue to provide them a secure job... READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Spring Back Series: How to Maximize Effectiveness of Live Stream
Event Hub
Live streaming is on the rise as restrictions on in-person social gatherings increase due to COVID-19. While in-person events are on pause right now, there is a massive uptick in internet usage these days... READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
WHAT ARE OUR MEMBERS DOING?
Send us some of the amazing things that you have been doing, to share with the industry!
 
 
 
 
NEW! Pre Fair Contests
Sonoma County Fair
Welcome! There are months to go before until fairtime, but now is the time to start entering pre-fair contests. You will need to use your reading, writing and artistic skills to win. Prizes include Fair Passes, Carnival Tickets, and even cash... CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: StockShowAuctions.com
The most trying times often produce our finest hours. The mass cancellation of junior livestock shows spurred much conversation throughout rural Texas. What do we do? How do we help these kids? Through a team of Auctioneers, Ag Teachers, and business people an idea was formed, implemented and will continue to be refined for the benefit of our youth in agriculture. Enter StockShowAuctions.com, an online premium type auction platform where exhibitors can load up their information and photos of their project and reap the financial benefit from supporters... CHECK THEM OUT.
 
 
 
 
IN THE NEWS
 
 
 
 
NEW! Coronavirus Live Updates: Job Losses in America Soar, Part of Global Economic Collapse
The New York Times
More than 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week. Federal stockpiles of medical supplies are running low as the death toll rises and global infections approach one million...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Businesses may get coronavirus relief loans as soon as Friday
USA Today
Small businesses seeking loans through the government’s $2 trillion coronavirus relief package could receive money as soon as Friday...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! ‘Infrastructure Week’ Returns as Trump and Democrats Eye Post-Virus Jobs Plan
The New York Times
Democrats and President Trump are discussing a multitrillion-dollar infrastructure plan that could create thousands of jobs to salve an economy battered by the coronavirus...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! The Small-Business Bailout Just Got a Lot Better
Intelligencer
When Congress passed a $349 billion bailout of American small businesses last week, the program appeared to suffer from three deficiencies...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Malaria Drug Helps Virus Patients Improve, in Small Study
The New York Times
A group of moderately ill people were given hydroxychloroquine, which appeared to ease their symptoms quickly, but more research is needed...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
U.S. Department of Labor OSHA
To reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions on businesses, workers, customers, and the public, it is important for all employers to plan now for COVID-19...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
UPDATED: Combating the Coronavirus
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is compiling a list of programs providing financial assistance to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. For nonprofit assistance, see Candid’s list of funds for coronavirus relief...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
UPDATED: How Small Businesses Can Succeed With Online Optimization
Forbes
The label “small business” can sometimes feel like both a blessing and a curse. If you’re a small business owner, you’re likely proud, and rightfully so, of all you’ve done to earn the privilege of being your own boss, while simultaneously thinking of ways to grow beyond being a small business... READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
UPDATED: Help wanted amid coronavirus pandemic: These companies are hiring
Fox Business
As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, major companies are looking to ramp up their workforces to meet the demand for critical products such as food, household essentials and medical supplies... READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
Ways and Means Committee COVID-19 Resources
Ways and Means Committee Democrats
Resource page including CARES Act Resources, Families First Coronavirus Response Act Resources, IRS Guidance, and much more...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
A LITTLE BIT OF SUNSHINE
 
 
 
 
Watch singing surgeon Dr. Elvis Francois perform 'Lean on Me' live on TODAY
Today
Dr. Elvis Francois, whose version of John Lennon's "Imagine"(WATCH VIDEO) has gone viral, sang a rendition of the Bill Withers classic on TODAY and spoke about the comforting power of music... WATCH VIDEO
 
 
 
 
Stay safe and healthy!
 
 
 
      
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