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Good Morning Western Fairs Association Member,

This morning while scrolling through my social media feed, amid the many Tiger King memes, bad news, and inspiring stories of those lending a helping hand, I came across a quote from Micheal Jordan that gave me even more motivation to tackle this week.

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

You are all hardworking, innovative and resilient individuals! I challenge each of you to continue to think outside the box and collaborate with our fair friends and family so that we can continue to build better fairs.

Have a great week!
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Sending our love and support,

Western Fairs Association Team
 
 
 
 
 
FROM WESTERN FAIRS ASSOCIATION
 
 
Calaveras County Fair & Frog Jubilee is #WFAHereToHelp
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
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Topic: WFA COVID-19 Communications Virtual Discussion
Time: Apr 22, 2020 1:00 PM Pacific Time
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WHAT ARE OUR MEMBERS DOING?
 
 
 
 
NEW! Teacher Resources
Pacific Animal Productions
A core part of our Mission is Conservation through Education. We hope this page aids Teachers, Students and all others who want to join us on a Learning Safari in discovering more about the world we all share...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
FROM THE INDUSTRY
 
 
 
 
NEW! 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! Event Ticket Protection Explained on the Event Hub Podcast
EventHub
What exactly is event ticket protection? Seeking clarity for himself and for our customers, Michael Bleau went straight to the source in our latest podcast...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
IN THE NEWS
 
 
 
 
NEW! Coronavirus Live Updates: Congress Nears Deal for More Small Business Aid
The New York Times
A testing strategy is a final sticking point for congressional negotiations. Governors demanded wider screening, but shortages persisted. Officials warned against running the course for the Boston Marathon, once set for today...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Save Small Business Fund: Provides Grants to the Smallest of Small Businesses, Opens April 20
National Law Review
The United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation has established the Save Small Business Fund to provide short-term relief to small employers affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The Save Small Business Fund will provide a one-time grant of $5,000 to small businesses to use for business expenses...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Chase's $14B in small business coronavirus loans leads industry
Fox Business
After a rocky start, JPMorgan Chase has pumped up processing of small business loans designed by the government to keep companies afloat during the nationwide coronavirus shutdown and now leads the industry with $14 billion worth...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Coachella Isn’t Happening This Weekend, But There’s Still Some Good News for Live Music
Rolling Stone
On the day that would’ve kicked off Coachella’s second weekend, a relieving agreement is reached on California’s pending “gig economy law”...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Conservatives Fuel Protests Against Coronavirus Lockdowns
The New York Times
In addition to the “You Can’t Close America” rally in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, modest demonstrations took place in the capitals of Nevada, Indiana and Maryland...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
RESOURCE: Here are 4 free resources that small businesses can access right now
CNN Business
In a race to save their companies, small business owners have been scrambling to stay afloat while also trying to navigate a complex web of federal and state aid and figure out their legal options...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
RESOURCE: Small Business Grants Program
Facebook Business
We know that your business may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19. We’ve heard that a little financial support can go a long way, so we are offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time...APPLY NOW.
 
 
 
 
RESOURCE: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) technical guidance: Points of entry and mass gatherings
World Health Organization
Questions and answers on mass gatherings and COVID-19...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
How Do Small Business Owners Help Themselves During The Pandemic?
Forbes
They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. This proverbial phrase likely resonates with many self-starting entrepreneurs who turned adversity into more than a cold beverage - but an entire lemonade empire serving others...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
A LITTLE BIT OF SUNSHINE
 
 
 
 
Hospitals Are Empowering Recovered COVID Patients By Playing Iconic ‘Rocky’ Theme as They Are Discharged
Good News Network
These Massachusetts hospitals are drawing inspiration from the beloved Rocky movies as a means of empowering their patients who have recovered from COVID-19...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
Stay safe and healthy!
 
 
 
      
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