Good Morning Western Fairs Association Member,

Every morning it gives me a little chuckle to see what our line-up of holidays are. Today is no exception as we celebrate National Cherry Cheesecake Day, National Picnic Day, National Take a Chance Day, and National Talk Like Shakespeare Day. Across the country, amazing stories of record low capacity, and even EMPTY animal shelters been reported, because of the number of individuals and families adopting and reuniting with their pets. In recognition of National Lost Dogs Awareness Day, thank you to the networks of shelters, veterinaries, social media, and other media sources, for your devotion to our pets. 

Today is also National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day and for those of you with children you have already been participating in this celebration all month long! We praise you for your amazing work and personal life balance! Keep up the great work!

In today's Newsletter, you will notice all of the amazing things that our membership is doing during this trying time! Continue to send your stories by replying to this email, or by tagging WFA on social media. Help us show the world how #WFAheretohelp!

Sending our love and support,

Western Fairs Association Team
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...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.
NEW! Olde Tyme Ice Cream Delivers!
Olde Tyme Ice Cream
Hey OLDE TYME ICE CREAM FANS, I am going to be taking orders and delivering here locally on Saturday. If you’re interested place your order and send it to my email...CHECK IT OUT.
NEW! Blythe COVID-19 testing site underway at Fairgrounds April 22-25
News Break
With temperatures expected to reach or exceed the high 90s this week, Riverside University Health System (RUHS) – Public Health officials, staff, and area department volunteers have begun the four-day COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) testing at Blythe's Colorado River Fairgrounds, April 22-25, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m...READ MORE.
NEW! Drive-thru testing site to open Wednesday at Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo
Beginning tomorrow, April 22nd, FEMA will be conducting free drive-thru testing for COVID-19 at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo for certain groups of people who have shown symptoms of the coronavirus...READ MORE.
NEW! Alternative care center stands ready at National Orange Show
Highland News
In an effort to manage mild-to-moderate symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID‐19 patients who do not require extensive medical care, should the need arise, the county has set up an Alternative Care Site (ACS) at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino...READ MORE.
NEW! Virtual Silly Circus Show for WFA Members Only
Silly Circus Show
If you have kids, and are a member of the WFA, you are invited to a very special Virtual Silly Circus Show! I am an entertainer, and I have been a WFA member for the past few years. I figured out how to create a wonderful & engaging streaming show for kids ages 4-7...CHECK IT OUT!
Carnivals, Fairs, Festivals, and Amusement Parks - Are we last to open and why?
Carnival Warehouse
The roadmap to re-opening the country was released by the President on Thursday and it shows a three-tiered guideline for states.  Not surprisingly, mass gatherings and large outdoor events were in the last phase of the plan...READ MORE.
NEW! Coronavirus Live Updates: More Than 26 Million Americans Have Filed for Unemployment in 5 Weeks
The New York Times
The Trump administration is moving migrant teenagers to ICE detention centers as they turn 18. The discovery of an early death rewrote the timeline of the U.S. outbreak. The House is set to vote on $484 billion in additional aid...READ MORE.
RESOURCE: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
As part of the federal CARES Act, the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program helps unemployed Californians who are business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, have limited work history, and others not usually eligible for regular state UI benefits who are out of business or services are significantly reduced as a direct result of the pandemic...READ MORE.
RESOURCE: Market Animal Sale Options & Regulations
University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources
The cancellation of many county fairs and junior livestock auctions, due to the novel coronavirus situation, is creating a lot of heartache and uncertainty for junior livestock exhibitors who have invested money and time in their market animals...READ MORE.
NEW! What's in the new small business relief bill
CNN Politics
Congress has reached a deal on a fourth coronavirus relief package, this one aimed at sending additional help to small businesses and hospitals struggling amid closures as well as expanding support for testing...READ MORE.
INTERESTING IDEA: Stagecoach Announces 'Stagecouch Weekend' With Carrie Underwood, Eric Church and More
Pop Culture
The annual country music festival Stagecoach was scheduled to take place in Indio, California from April 24-26, but organizers postponed the event to October due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of letting the original weekend pass by, a special broadcast has been announced titled Stagecouch Weekend, airing on SiriusXM The Highway during what would have been Stagecoach's original weekend...READ MORE.
NEW! Accidental Poisoning Is on The Rise in The US as People Try to Sanitise Their Homes
Science Alert
With so many people experiencing heartbreaking losses in this pandemic, it's only natural we all want to do everything in our power to protect ourselves and those we love. Unfortunately, in some instances, our desire to defend against COVID-19 is creating even more health problems...READ MORE.
NEW! ‘Instead of Coronavirus, the Hunger Will Kill Us.’ A Global Food Crisis Looms.
The New York Times
The world has never faced a hunger emergency like this, experts say. It could double the number of people facing acute hunger to 265 million by the end of this year...READ MORE.
NEW! The $600 Unemployment Booster Shot, State by State
The New York Times
Before the coronavirus, people receiving unemployment benefits in most states got, on average, less than half their weekly salaries...READ MORE.
RESOURCE: A Marketer's Guide to Canceled Event Communication
It goes without saying this is an unprecedented time for the event and conference industry. Thousands of events are being postponed or canceled and there’s currently no clear path to when this cycle will end. It’s enough to make even the most seasoned event marketer want to toss their cookies. The good news is, you are not alone...READ MORE.
Here’s who is hiring right now, amid a bleak jobs picture
With many non-essential businesses forced to close, workers across the country are suddenly facing extended furloughs or lay-offs. The unemployment rate jumped to 4.4% — from 3.5% — its highest level since August 2017, and it will likely climb much higher...READ MORE.
Morning Boost
Today Show
Police cars form giant heart to thank hospital workers...WATCH NOW.
New dad reveals gender and name of baby through hospital window...WATCH NOW.
Blake Shelton donates $150,000 to Oklahoma food bank...WATCH NOW.
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