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Good Morning Western Fairs Association Member,

Happy Cinco de Mayo! We have many things to celebrate today, not only celebrate Fairgrounds Appreciation Month, but also Wildfire Preparedness Week, and Teacher Appreciation Day.

Today's theme for Fairgrounds Appreciation Month is Livestock! 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!

Make sure to check your emails for a Call to Action email sent out yesterday. It is our time to act and to advocate for our industry, and we need your help!

Tomorrow we will be hosting another Virtual Discussion. The discussion will follow a similar format to the previous discussion but will also feature the topic of Sponsorships & Relationships. Thank you to the team from Eventspass for sharing this information with the rest of WFA!

Sending our love and support,

Western Fairs Association Team
 
 
 
 
 
FROM WESTERN FAIRS ASSOCIATION
 
 
 
 
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!
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
 
 
 
 
WFA COVID-19 Communications
Featured Topic: Sponsorship & Relationships
Time: May 6, 2020 2:00 PM PST
Join Zoom Meeting: Link to Join
Phone: +1 (669) 900-9128
Meeting ID: 210 210 1776
Password: 1776
 
 
 
 
 
WHAT ARE OUR MEMBERS DOING?
 
 
 
 
NEW! WFA 2020 Video
Stilt Circus
A Message to WFA from Stilt Circus...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
NEW! FREE WEBINAR: Two Important Tools for Hosting a Virtual Show and Virtual Auction
Showorks
Your exhibitors and community have worked hard in preparation for this year's fair. Many fairs have already pulled off a successful Virtual Show and/or Virtual Auction with a surprising success! Join us for a free Webinar to show how easy this can be done...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Mouse In The House
The Puppets & Players Theatre
A hardworking, single woman has the night off and wants to enjoy a relaxing night at home with a bottle of wine and cheese, but is she really alone...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
NEW! COVID-19 testing site underway at IV Fairgrounds
KYMA
COVID-19 testing site underway at IV Fairgrounds...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
NEW! COVID-19 testing available through state program at Silver Dollar Fairgrounds
KRCR
CHICO, Calif. — One of 80 state-financed community COVID-19 testing sites in California opened at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico Monday morning...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
FROM THE INDUSTRY
 
 
 
 
NEW! Indiana Paves Path for Fairs & Festivals to Open by July 4
Carnival Warehouse
Eric Holcomb announced his plan today to reopen Indiana in stages, and made it official with new executive orders.  The plan, called “Back On Track Indiana” calls for 5 stages to return to normal activities.  The state is already in Phase I of the plan, which began March 24th  when hunker down orders were given...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
IN THE NEWS
 
 
 
 
NEW! Coronavirus Live Updates: Threat of Virus Is Not Fading, Infection Rates Show
The New York Times
Cases are growing by 2 to 4 percent daily, and more than 1,000 people have died each day for over a month. At least 15 children in New York were hospitalized with an illness scientists worry might be linked to Covid-19. Pfizer began human trials of a possible vaccine...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
RESOURCE: Financial Empowerment for Independent Contractors
Take A Leap Foundation
A FREE online financial empowerment workshop answering specific questions for Independent Contractors. Registration is required to attend...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Amazon VP says he quit over company 'firing whistleblowers'
CNN
Amazon engineer and vice president Tim Bray said he quit his lucrative job at the company over the recent firing of several employees who raised concerns about protections for warehouse workers during the pandemic....READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! In CA: Governor says shops can start reopening, but some places are way ahead of that
USA Today
Welp, the time has come for some businesses to open in the Golden State. And Patagonia sticks to its mission of reducing and reusing, even when it comes to masks. Plus, don't miss some highlights from today's Pulitzer Prize winners...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! WHO says it will engage US to make remdesivir coronavirus treatment more widely available
CNBC
The World Health Organization said Monday that it will speak with the U.S. government and Gilead Sciences on how antiviral drug remdesivir could be made more widely available to treat Covid-19 as data of its effectiveness emerges...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
RESOURCE: Reopening Guidance: Considerations for the Attractions Industry
IAAPA
Developed in partnership with attractions members and operators from around the world, as well as health-related guidance from government agencies and medical professionals, IAAPA’s “Reopening Guidance: Considerations for the Attractions Industry” outlines principles and approaches to consider for reopening once local government officials in your area remove “stay-at-home” orders, allow non-essential businesses to reopen, and say it’s safe for citizens to move around their community...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
RESOURCE: Unemployment Benefits For The Self-Employed, Independent Contractors, And Gig-Economy Workers: Lawyer On The Front Lines Answers Common Questions
Forbes
Until now, self-employed people out of work couldn’t collect unemployment benefits. Thanks to the CARES Act, passed by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impacts, the self-employed can now obtain unemployment benefits if their income has been affected by the crisis...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
A LITTLE BIT OF SUNSHINE
 
 
 
 
Cast of ‘Parks and Rec’ Raises $3M for COVID Relief After Reuniting for Quarantine Episode (WATCH)
Good News Network
It has been five years since the beloved Parks and Recreation television show aired what viewers believed to be its last episode—but this week, the show’s original cast came together for a half-hour reunion episode to raise money for COVID-19 relief...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
Stay safe and healthy!
 
 
 
      
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