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Good Morning Western Fairs Association Member,

It is 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. Our grounds serve as places for community celebrations, during the annual fair and all year-round. They showcase agriculture and diversity. Our fairgrounds serve as community service hubs and always step up in times of emergency.

Use this month not only to celebrate what we do but to show others as well. Share photos and stories of your fairgrounds in use for COVID-19 purposes and non-COVID-19 purposes. Engage your Board Members and active community members to participate. Tag your local leaders and Congressmen. There will be themes for each day released each Sunday on social media! Check our social media pages daily for the theme of the day!

#FairgroundsAppreciationMonth #WFAHereToHelp

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! Lane County to start testing unhoused for COVID-19
The Register-Guard
Lane County has not yet reported a case of COVID-19 among those without a place to call home. It’s possible statewide stay-at-home orders prevented community spread, but it’s also possible people with the virus simply haven’t been tested...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Washington farmers to give away 800,000 pounds of potatoes
KPIC
RITZVILLE, Wash. — On Wednesday morning, Washington farmers started giving away 800,000 pounds of fresh potatoes in Ritzville...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Not all heroes wear capes. But some do wear masks.
San Diego County Fair
To all of the health care workers, delivery drivers, community leaders, farmers, grocery store staff, restaurant workers and other essential folks on the front line...THANK YOU. You are our heroes...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Fair Food Friday
Merced County Fair
We heard you loud and clear – you want your Fair food! And just because there isn’t a fair this year doesn’t mean you still can’t get your Fair Food fix! So, we have worked with our food vendors to bring you “Fair Food Fridays!” What is that you ask? Well, every Friday starting with THIS Friday (5/1) from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Merced County Fairgrounds, you can indulge on your fair food favorites...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
FROM THE INDUSTRY
 
 
 
 
Some of the California fairs will be forced into closer – Why some fairs won’t make it to 2021
KRCR
Fairs make their money off mass gatherings- the last thing California plans to ease restrictions on. Industry officials say some fairs might not see 2021...CHECK IT OUT.
 
 
 
 
IN THE NEWS
 
 
 
 
NEW! Coronavirus Live Updates: Tensions Rise as Many States Move to Reopen Businesses
The New York Times
At least 10 states eased restrictions on Friday. Armed protesters entered the Capitol in Michigan. The W.H.O. extended its declaration of a global health emergency...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.
 
 
 
 
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! COVID-19 shot protects monkeys
Science Mag
For the first time, one of the many COVID-19 vaccines in development has protected an animal, rhesus macaques, from the new coronavirus...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Small businesses get COVID-19 relief in private grants, as Verizon boosts support to $7.5M
USA Today
afael Larios didn't expect Verizon to be a vital ingredient to the survival of his family's Los Angeles area restaurants...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! Labs Across U.S. Join Federal Initiative to Study Coronavirus Genome
The New York Times
The project, announced by the C.D.C., will help trace patterns of transmission, investigate outbreaks and map how the virus is evolving, which can affect a cure...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
NEW! 6 Ways To Rebuild Your Small Business After COVID-19
Forbes
The COVID-19 outbreak has wreaked financial havoc around the globe, leaving many small-business owners struggling in its wake...READ MORE.
 
 
 
 
A LITTLE BIT OF SUNSHINE
 
 
 
 
Morning Boost
Today Show
  • 3-year-old’s loved ones give her party on wheels after final leukemia treatment...WATCH NOW.
  • Health care worker missed his graduation, so coworkers stage one at hospital...WATCH NOW.
  • Watch this doctor surprise his 2 kids after a month away fighting coronavirus...WATCH NOW.
 
 
 
 
Stay safe and healthy!
 
 
 
      
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