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Good Morning Western Fairs Association Member,

Welcome to the first full week of Fairgrounds Appreciation Month! Even though we will not be having our annual fairs this month, we know our fairgrounds are so much more than that. It is time to share what we all live and breathe. Fairgrounds are here to give, here to serve. We are here for you 24/7/365. Use this month not only to celebrate what we do but to show others as well. Engage your Board Members and active community members to participate. Tag your local leaders and Congressmen. Shown below are the themes for each day this week, you can also check our social media pages daily for the theme of the day!

#FairgroundsAppreciationMonth #WFAHereToHelp

We are looking forward to seeing all of the ways you are sharing what our amazing industry does!

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.
 
 
 
 
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 WFA COVID-19 Communications
Featured Topic: Sponsorship & Relationships
Time: May 6, 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! Webinar: Don’t Cancel! Two New Tools for Hosting a Virtual Show and Virtual Auction
Showworks
Save your show and auction by holding all or parts of them virtually...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Merced County to offer coronavirus testing to all county residents
Fox26 News
The Merced County Department of Public Health says a new virus testing site will open Monday, and it's open to everyone who lives in Merced County...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
NEW! PRCA DIGITAL RODEO TOURNAMENT PRESENTED BY THE COWBOY CHANNEL
PRCA
ProRodeo is taking the sport of rodeo digital. And you, the fans, are going to be the key ingredient...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Pepes will be at the Big Fresno Fair this coming weekend
Big Fresno Fair & JLQ Concessions
May 8th to 10th from 10am to 6pm. We are pre starting our local route and serving some fair food favorites for the on the go...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
FROM THE INDUSTRY
 
 
 
 
NEW! Coronavirus Infects California's County Fairs
Patch
CALIFORNIA — Fair weather isn't in the forecast this year for many of California's county fairs. These ubiquitous annual events for decades have provided Californians with a wide range of summer entertainment that includes concerts, rides, shopping and fair food...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
NEW! International Ride Training unveils COVID-19 support services to the amusement industry
Amusement Today
NASHVILLE — In response to the unprecedented challenges facing the amusement industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, International Ride Training LLC has announced a bevy of new services to support of the industry as it moves toward pre- opening...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
IN THE NEWS
 
 
 
 
NEW! Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Administration Models Predict Near Doubling of Daily Death Toll by June
The New York Times
Tensions between Washington and Beijing escalated. The Supreme Court heard a case remotely for the first time. J. Crew filed for bankruptcy protection...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! $175 billion in small business loans given out in second round of the Paycheck Protection Program
CNN
The Trump administration announced Sunday that 2.2 million small business loans worth $175 billion have been made in the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program....READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Profits and Pride at Stake, the Race for a Vaccine Intensifies
The New York Times
Governments, companies and academic labs are accelerating their efforts amid geopolitical crosscurrents, questions about safety and the challenges of producing enough doses for billions of people...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.
 
 
 
 
NEW! See Which States Are Reopening and Which Are Still Shut Down
The New York Times
After weeks of shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, the nation has begun to slowly open up...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Feds warn small businesses of potential coronavirus SBA loan fraud
Fox News
Federal officials on Friday warned small businesses to be alert for scammers looking to take advantage of federal aid for entrepreneurs struggling during the coronavirus pandemic...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Can COVID-19 Coronavirus Live In Water? What About Drinking Water And Swimming
Forbes
It looks like the COVID-19 coronavirus may be able to live in water for a few days, potentially even a few weeks...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
Anonymous Donor Gives $1 Million Gift to Hospital So It Can Be Divided Between Every Single Employee
Good News Network
The staffers at this California hospital are rejoicing after receiving a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor who asked for the money to be divided amongst the employees...READ MORE.​​​​​​​
 
 
 
 
Stay safe and healthy!
 
 
 
      
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