Good Morning Western Fairs Association Member,

Today's theme for Fairgrounds Appreciation Month is #WFAHereToHelp! This week we are appreciating the many ways our fairgrounds serve our communities in times of emergency. Fairgrounds play a vital roll in ensuring the safety of our community members year-round. When sharing your stories and the ways you serve your communities, make sure to tag us on social media, and use #FairgroundsAppreciationMonth and #WFAHereToHelp. Keep up the great work!

This week we will be hosting another COVID-19 Virtual Discussion. Please use the call-in information to sign in and participate!

As always WFA is here for you! Please do not hesitate to reach out if there is anything we can help you with!

Sending our love and support,

Western Fairs Association Team
WFA COVID-19 Communications
Featured Topic: Membership Benefits Program & Insurance
Time: May 20, 2020 2:00 PM PST
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NEW! Alaska State Fair hosting drive-in movies on the fairgrounds
The Frontiersman
In just a matter of four hours, the first and possibly only tickets to shows at the Alaska State Fairgrounds were swooped up on Thursday...READ MORE.
NEW! Virtual junior livestock auction brings in over $400k
Calaveras Enterprise
The livestock barns at the Calaveras County fairgrounds were eerily quiet, with animals sleeping in pens under the sound of falling rain...READ MORE.
NEW! Digital Marketing for Events During Covid-19 (Podcast)
There have been a lot of conversations happening about what to do in terms of digital marketing if an event has to cancel or postpone. Additionally, there has been concern for those events that are still on the calendar...READ MORE.
NEW! Friendly Loop Races
Todd Victor
Hi Fair Managers and friends of the WFA: This may be an activity that you may want to use on your fairgrounds for small family groups to keep them engaged. Created by Todd Victor and Lizette Guy of Jest In Time/Professor Smart's Science Shows with the Family fun Stage...READ MORE.
NEW! CA State Fair to offer food festival food to-go
Amusement Today
CA State Fair is offering Fair favorites to-go with drive-thru pick up at the California Letters with our new CA State Fair Food Festival To-Go event...READ MORE.
NEW! Coronavirus Live Updates: Vaccine Tests Show Early Promise, Drug Maker Says, Rallying Wall Street
The New York Times
President Xi Jinping of China defended his country’s handling of the outbreak. Monday is the deadline for public companies in the U.S. to decide whether to return P.P.P. loans...READ MORE.
NEW! World Health Organization Head Calls for 'Global Solidarity' to Ensure the 2021 Tokyo Olympics
The head of the World Health Organization said Saturday it will not be easy to make next year’s Tokyo Olympics a safe global gathering after the pandemic...READ MORE.
NEW! These are the biggest mental health problems caused by quarantine, and 6 things you can do to prevent them
Business Insider
The pandemic changed most people's daily routines. School and daycare closures, workers being told to work remotely, and brick and mortar store closures have resulted in most people's lives being swiftly flipped upside down...READ MORE.
NEW! Magic Johnson’s Life Insurance Company Reportedly Funding $100 Million In Small Business Loans
Former NBA all-star Magic Johnson told the Wall Street Journal that his life insurance company will provide $100 million in funding for small women and minority owned businesses as part of the Small Business Administration’s embattled Paycheck Protection Program...READ MORE.
NEW! Tennessee to reopen amusement parks, water parks, theaters next week
The Hill
Tennessee announced Friday it would lift capacity restrictions on restaurants and shops as it moves to focus on reopening larger attractions such as amusement parks, water parks and theaters starting next week...CHECK IT OUT.
NEW! What Is the Real Coronavirus Death Toll in Each State?
The New York Times
As the coronavirus pandemic cuts through the country, it is leaving behind large numbers of deaths that surpass those of recent history...READ MORE.
NEW! As deadline looms, companies rush to return small business funds
The attempt to discourage businesses from seeking the loans if they have access to other funding sources has angered some lawmakers...CHECK IT OUT.
INTERESTING IDEA: North America’s first drive-in music festival will happen in Florida
Creative Loafing
About a month after Germany’s World Club Dome held its first drive-in rave, which went viral on social media, American artists are taking a crack at it―and Orlando’s Central Florida Fairgrounds will host the first one...CHECK IT OUT.
Girl, 10, sends over 1,500 art kits to kids in homeless shelters, foster care during coronavirus shutdown
Fox News
Chelsea Phaire is just finishing fifth grade this year but she could graduate in kindness: she's already helped thousands of her peers find joy and comfort in art...CHECK IT OUT.
Several days ago, we called on you to help, and you delivered! Whether it was from making financial contributions, engaging on social media, writing letters to your elected officials, sharing your story with your community, or maybe all four, you, Western Fairs Association Members, delivered! Thank you for your participation and support of the Network of Fairs!

While Stage 1 was effective, we are not done. The Western Fairs Association and the California Fairs Alliance have been busy preparing additional materials for you so that we can effectively tell our story, and take action on behalf of our members. Use the link below to see how you can take action on behalf of the fair industry!
Stay safe and healthy!