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Western Fairs Association Member,

Over the past months, 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 our efforts have served as effective, we are not done. The Western Fairs Association and the California Fairs Alliance have been busy advocating on your behalf. Over the past months, we have engaged and had the pleasure of working with several Congressional leaders including Representative Josh Harder (D-CA-10) and Representative Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20). Representative Harder has introduced his H.R. 7745 Protecting Fairs During Coronavirus Act that would establish a $5 billion federal grant program to offset fair revenue losses during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Representative Panetta introduced H.R. 7883, the Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act. The Western Fairs Association had the honor of connecting with both elected officials along with our fellow industry organizations, and are pleased to have been involved in creating two positive pieces of legislation for the Network of Fairs. 

We thank the many elected officials and organizations who have worked collaboratively in support of the Fair Industry through these troublesome times. Together we can continue to build better fairs! 

Below you will find ways that you can take action today! Both of these Bills need your support, so this week we are asking that you engage your community members, as well as send letters to your Congressional leaders, your elected officials for the U.S. House of Representatives, and Senate. Scroll down to find out how you can join our efforts. 
 
 
 
 
 
IMMEDIATE LEGISLATIVE CALL TO ACTION
 
 
 
 
H.R. 7745, Protecting Fairs During Coronavirus Act

In response to concerns from county and state fair leaders, Representative Josh Harder (D-CA-10) is introducing the Protecting Fairs During Coronavirus Act. The bill would create a new emergency grant program to help offset the massive revenue losses our fairs are experiencing because of health care measures taken to combat the Coronavirus Pandemic. The Protecting Fairs During Coronavirus Act would establish a $5 billion federal grant program to offset fair revenue losses during the Coronavirus Pandemic. The fund would be available for both 2020 as well as 2021. States could apply for aid from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and then distribute the funds to fairs in their state.

Every fair organization, each board member and all of their local supporters should immediately contact their U.S. Representative and ask them to:
1) become a co-sponsor* of House bill 7745
2) express to House Leadership this language should be included in the COVID relief package now being considered.

 
 
 
 
H.R. 7883, the Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act

H.R. 7883, the Agricultural Fairs Rescue Act, which will provide $500 million in grant funding to support our fairs has been introduced by U.S. Representatives Jimmy Panetta (D-20th/CA) and Billy Long (R-7th/MO).

Every fair organization, each board member and all of their local supporters should immediately contact their U.S. Representative and ask them to:
1) become a co-sponsor* of House bill 7883, and
2) express to House Leadership this language should be included in the COVID relief package now being considered.

The bi-partisan legislation, if passed and signed into law, would provide grant funding to rescue fair organizations:
  • This bill provides $500 million in Agricultural Fair Rescue Grants to agricultural fairs, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).
  • AMS will provide the grant funding to states or state departments of agriculture based on the loss of attendance those fairs have experienced in 2020 when compared to 2019.
  • The states or state department will then be required to make grants to fairs, prioritizing those that have faced the greatest financial hardship.
  • Grants must be used to assist fairs to continue events that are drivers and promoters of agribusiness.
  • Eligible fairs are local, county, or state fairs that help farmers promote their products or expand agricultural markets through conservation programs, agricultural research, educational programs, or other events that encourage agriculture, horticulture, and the domestic arts.

*Members of Congress may contact Mark Dennin in Congressman Panetta’s office at mark.dennin@mail.house.gov or Ben Elleson in Congressman Long's office at ben.elleson@mail.house.gov to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 7883.
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