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Call to Action!

#WAFairsMatter

#WaFairsMatter Campaign for Fair Funding

Help us get the word out to our community and legislators how important Fairs are to the community. Fair Funding bills HB 1283 / SB 5277 are on the table for this legislative session. It is important to ensure the funding of agricultural fairs have momentum. If this bill passes, it would allow the Fair Fund to increase for the first time on over 20 years.
How you can help?
a. Print the attached flyer.
b. Complete the sentence on the supplied flyer.
c. Post a photo holding the flyer to your social media channels.
d. Tag your Fair, tag @WashingtonStateFairsAssociation and use the hashtag #WAFairsMatter.
e. Share the posts on your legislator’s social media channels.
i. You can find your legislators at: https://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder
What is the deadline?
We are already in session this year, so urgency is important. Get your awesome stories posted by March 13.
Everything you need to make everyone aware that #WaFairsMatter



IAFE supports WSFA

On Friday, Jan. 25, Marla Calico, CEO of the International Association of Fairs & Expositions presented before the House Rural Development, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Committee. Her presentation is titled: “County and Youth Fairs: An overview of how agricultural fairs today are addressing the needs of their communities.”
Watch her moving testimony!

https://www.tvw.org/watch/?clientID=9375922947&eve...

2019 off and running

Fair funding will be in front of both houses of the legislature next week so it’s time to contact legislators.

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 careers.

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 afterward?
  • Have you learned to be a better speaker?
  • How else have you grown through your participation in fairs?
Heather Hansen
Office: 360-705-2040
Cell: 360-480-5567
E-mail: heather@wafriends.org

Support of Fairs

Fairs support rural economic development by giving small businesses an opportunity to showcase their wares. In addition, numerous artists and entertainers get their start at fairs. The more fairs do to support and encourage small businesses, the more revenue would be generated for the fund.

In 1998, the Fair Fund was set in statute at $2 million per year (RCW 15.76.115). Prior to that time, it had fluctuated according to revenue from horse racing. In recent prior years, it had been nearly $3 million per year.

The current source of revenue for the Fair Fund is a transfer from the general fund. The bill would divert sales tax revenue generated on fairgrounds from the general fund to the Fair Fund, replacing the existing transfer. If more revenue is generated than the existing $2 million, the Fair Fund would increase.

The fairs that depend the most on the Fair Fund are youth shows and the most rural counties.

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.

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