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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 Diversity! Its time to share how fairgrounds are grounds for all. Fairgrounds offer spaces and events that celebrate each of our communities and all of those who live in it! 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
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
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!
 
 
 
 
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
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Phone: +1 (669) 900-9128
Meeting ID: 210 210 1776
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WHAT ARE OUR MEMBERS DOING?
 
 
 
 
NEW! UPDATE: Fair food drive-through hopes to return next weekend after health dept orders shut down
Visalia Times Delta
Dozens of cars lined up Saturday outside the Tulare County Fairgrounds entrance and out onto K Street to get their cotton candy, lemonade and corndog fixes...CHECK IT OUT!
 
 
 
 
NEW! Frontline Friday! *free virtual program for frontline workers*
Pacific Animal Productions
Join us to celebrate and give back to those who are working so hard on the frontlines! We are inviting Frontline workers and their families to a FREE Virtual Learning Safari on Friday, May 22nd at 3:00 PM PST. Share with all your nurse, doctor, firefighter, paramedic, police and other frontline worker friends to invite them to the fun!...CHECK IT OUT!
 
 
 
 
NEW! Fairgrounds Appreciation Month 2
Salsa Steel
A couple more fair songs. We played these at the bottom of the hill on Cinco de Mayo. Guantanamera and Moliendo Cafe. Everything has cancelled for us the last few months due to the virus. Sorry to miss Pima Fair in April. El Dorado in Placerville, CA in moving forward, so far, but changed the dates to July...CHECK IT OUT!
 
 
 
 
NEW! American Red Cross Blood Drive
Saffire
What a cool experience, hosting an @americanredcross blood drive at our very own Portland office! Shout out to our #saffireteam members who were able to come out & donate...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!
 
 
 
 
FROM THE INDUSTRY
 
 
 
 
NEW! Intercard offers amusement operators free materials for educating customers on health risks of payment with mobile devices
Amusement Today
With many FECs and arcades preparing to reopen after the COVID-19 shutdown, incorporating upgraded sanitation and customer safety programs is essential...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
IN THE NEWS
 
 
 
 
NEW! Coronavirus Testimony Live Updates: Fauci Says ‘Consequences Could Be Really Serious’ for Reopening Too Soon
The New York Times
The head of the C.D.C., Dr. Robert R. Redfield, also told senators that “we’re not out of the woods yet...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! G.O.P. Split Over State Aid That Could Mostly Go to Democratic Strongholds
The New York Times
With governors and mayors pressing for more federal help to deal with the effects of the pandemic, a divide among Republicans is being driven by the political bent of the states that stand to benefit...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! M.L.B. Proposes an 82-Game Season Starting in July
The New York Times
The proposal, which would require approval from the players’ union, would have teams start the season in early July and mainly play teams in their geographic region...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Disney World now accepting reservations beginning in July
WBTV
If you want to experience the magic of Magic Kingdom, mark your calendar for July...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Pigeon Forge’s Reopening
The Carpetbagger
With many FECs and arcades preparing to reopen after the COVID-19 shutdown, incorporating upgraded sanitation and customer safety programs is essential...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
NEW! How To Get Money During COVID-19
Forbes
If you need to get money fast during the COVID-19 pandemic, you have several options...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! House coronavirus oversight panel asks five companies to return loans meant for small businesses
CNN Politics
The House Oversight Committee's new select coronavirus oversight panel sent letters to five different companies on Friday asking them to return loans they received from the Paycheck Protection Program set up during the pandemic to aid struggling small businesses...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! San Diego Tourism Authority shares reopening plan for zoos, theme parks
Fox 5
 San Diego theme parks like SeaWorld and Legoland won’t reopen for months based on the plan laid out by Gov. Gavin Newsom, but once their gates are open, these popular attractions will have a new set of rules...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
A LITTLE BIT OF SUNSHINE
 
 
 
 
Family-Owned Greenhouse Donates $1Million in Orchids to Healthcare Workers in 7 Hardest Hit U.S. Cities
Good News Network
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Green Circle Growers of Ohio is honoring America’s healthcare workers by donating $1 million in orchids to frontline caregivers in seven markets hit hardest by the Coronavirus Pandemic: Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Tampa and its home base near Cleveland...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
Stay safe and healthy!
 
 
 
      
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