As of 5 p.m. Sunday April 28
The final gavel has not yet fallen, but all budgets appear to be final.
Despite near heroic efforts on the parts of several very dedicated legislators, no additional revenue will be added to the Fair Fund at this time.However, they were successful getting language in the operating budget directing the department of revenue to compile a report on the annual amount of state retail sales tax collected on sales occurring at area fairs and county fairs. The report must be submitted to the legislature by December 1, 2019.
The Capital budget also includes $2 million for grants to improve health, safety and access at fairs.This goes to the Department of Agriculture to operate the grant program.
There are several other budget items you may find interesting.
$150,000 goes to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to create a series of articles, videos, and educational curriculum on the history of agriculture in Washington state, including the role and impact of indigenous and immigrant farmers. The materials must be made available for free to schools, educators, and students.
The following fairs will receive the following grants for construction projects:
$250,000 – NW Washington Fair (Lynden)
$103,000 - SW WA Fairgrounds (Chehalis)
$210,000 - Pacific Co. Fairgrounds Roof (Menlo)
$200,000 - Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo Multi-Use Facility (Grandview)
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Washington State Fairs Association