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Today's theme for Fairgrounds Appreciation Month is Agriculture! Let's take today to go back to our roots and honor a piece of our heritage that sets us apart from so many other events. 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
 
 
 
 
 
WHAT ARE OUR MEMBERS DOING?
 
 
 
 
NEW! Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee Virtual Parade
Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee
The 2020 Calaveras County Fair was canceled due to the COVID19 pandemic. So we created a virtual parade. Music by Elmo Shopshier...CHECK IT OUT!
 
 
 
 
NEW! CA State Fair Food Festival To-Go!
California State Fair
We heard you were looking for CA State Fair food, which is why we’re doing our first CA State Fair Food Festival To-Go!...CHECK IT OUT!
 
 
 
 
NEW! Drump Lessons
Street Drum Corps
STREET DRUM CORPS OFFERS VIRTUAL DRUM LESSONS FROM THE TOP DRUMMERS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES...CHECK IT OUT!
 
 
 
 
NEW! Food giveaway Friday at county fairgrounds
Citrus County Chronicle
Beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, May 15, the public can receive food at the Citrus County fairgrounds — drive-through only...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
FROM THE INDUSTRY
 
 
 
 
NEW! A Heartbreak for Children: When the County Fair is Canceled
The New York Times
The stomach-flipping thrill of riding the Zipper on the midway. The funnel cakes with powdered sugar melting on the fried dough. The shave ice. The sweet, smelly medley of hay, dirt and manure drifting from the barn...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Kentucky State Fair plans move forward, safety changes considered
WLKY
While the coronavirus pandemic continues to cancel multiple events in Louisville, plans are moving forward for this year's Kentucky State Fair...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
Fair Food Is Pivoting to Drive-Thru This Summer
Food & Wine
As far as PPE is concerned, a car is bulky and expensive, but it certainly keeps you apart from other people—a fact event organizers are taking advantage of. Drive-in movies are having a resurgence, and some artists have tried drive-in concerts...CHECK IT OUT!
 
 
 
 
IN THE NEWS
 
 
 
 
NEW! Coronavirus Live Updates: Whistle-Blower Warns Congress, ‘We Don’t Have a Master Plan’
The New York Times
Dr. Rick Bright told a House subcommittee that the administration was too slow to prepare for the pandemic or warn Americans of its severity...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! IAAPA: U.S. House of Representatives unveils next stimulus package
Amusement Today
House Democrats unveiled their plans for the next coronavirus relief package, H.R. 6800, The Heroes Act. The $3 trillion bill contains a number of notable provisions for which the attractions industry has been heavily advocating...CHECK IT OUT!
 
 
 
 
NEW! Trump calls Fauci's caution on schools reopening 'not an acceptable answer'
CNN Politics
President Donald Trump voiced frustration Wednesday at the nation's top infectious disease specialist after he warned a day earlier against reopening schools and businesses too quickly...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! How to Reopen America Safely
The New York Times
Months ago, I called for a long lockdown. Now we must minimize collateral damage...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Fed’s Powell: More spending from Congress ‘costly but worth it’
Politico
Congress is divided over what next steps to take to address the crisis...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Disney World: Masks, Plexiglass Dividers and Temperature Checks Set for Partial Reopening
Hollywood Reporter
The first wave of Walt Disney World employees will be back at the park on Saturday to get a portion of the Florida resort ready for its partial reopening on May 20...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Coronavirus may never go away, World Health Organization warns
BBC News
Speaking at a briefing on Wednesday, WHO emergencies director Dr Mike Ryan warned against trying to predict when the virus would disappear...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
RESOURCE: The   Event   Safety   Alliance   Reopening   Guide
Event Safety Alliance
For  Event  Professionals  During  the  COVID-19 Pandemic...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
RESOURCE: Resilience Roadmap – Local Variance Attestations
CA Department of Public Health
A county that has met certain criteria in containing COVID-19 may consider increasing the pace at which they advance through Stage 2 of California's roadmap to modify the Stay-at-Home order...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
A LITTLE BIT OF SUNSHINE
 
 
 
 
Know a Healthcare or Frontline Worker? These Companies Are Offering Wonderful Free Stuff to Say Thanks
Good News Network
The private sector, though affected by worldwide closures of brick-and-mortar locations, is still coming out strong to reward healthcare and frontline workers across America and across the world...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
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WFA COVID-19 Communications
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