Fair funding will be in front of both houses of the legislature next week so it’s time to contact legislators.
Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 3:30 PM,
our bill, SB 5277, which increases the amount of the Fair Fund, will be
heard by the Senate Ways & Means Committee.
This is the most important committee hearing our bill will have. You can read the bill here: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2019-20/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5277.pdf
On Friday, Jan. 25, Marla Calico,
CEO of the International Association of Fairs & Expositions will
present before the House Rural Development, Agriculture, & Natural
Resources Committee at 10:00 AM. Her presentation is titled: “County
and Youth Fairs: An overview of how agricultural fairs today are
addressing the needs of their communities.” There will be no public
Thursday, Jan. 31 is WA State
Faris Association Day in Olympia. Come meet with your legislators. To
register, contact Gale Sobolesky at:
We need your help, please write
to your legislators (you have three) and ask them to support increased
funding for agricultural fairs in Washington.
Legislators need to
understand why fairs are important, especially the educational aspects
of fairs and how participation in fairs helps prepare young people for
Find your legislators here: https://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder
Find their contact information here: https://app.leg.wa.gov/Rosters/Members
Letters from youth who participate
in fairs are extremely helpful. Please reach out to 4-H leaders and
FFA advisors and ask for their help. Below is a guide to help young
people write letters to their legislators:
Begin by introducing yourself. Tell them your name, how old you are and your home town.
Tell them what types of projects you have exhibited at the fair.
Include contests such as livestock judging, showmanship, meal
preparation and style review.
Describe what you learned by exhibiting at the fair. If you showed an
animal, include how many weeks you fed and cared for your animal. How
any hours did you spend training your animal?
- What did you learn about keeping records of your time and expenses?
Have you gained confidence through participating in fairs? Describe
how. Were you afraid before the competition started? How did you feel
- Have you learned to be a better speaker?
- How else have you grown through your participation in fairs?