We know participation in Fairs helps build strong character, but not all legislators do. We need to give them examples of how participation in Fairs contributes to a better Washington. Many of you have been involved with your fair for many years. Can think of a former 4-H or FFA exhibitor who has gone on to become a successful professional? If so, would you be willing to contact them and ask if they would be willing to write a paragraph about the skills they learned by participating in fairs and how it helped them become a successful adult? If the person now lives in an urban area, it could be even more beneficial. These stories could be very helpful in the fight for the Fair Fund. Please get back to me ASAP.
Please contact your state representatives. Tell them to add the Fair Fund to their operating budget. Encourage 4-H and FFA youth, parents and volunteers to write letters or send email. Tell them how important your fair is to your family and your community.
To find your legislators, click here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/
To find their email addresses, click here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/MemberEmail
You may also leave a message via telephone at: 1.800.562.6000.
The Fair Fund had been at $4 million per biennium since 1998 with no increase. Governor Inslee included it in his budget. The Senate included it in their budget. The House zeroed it out.