The Tri-County Fair Needs Your Help!
The California Fair Industry needs your help, including the Tri-County Fairgrounds. Our industry is facing bankruptcy, with many California Fairgrounds preparing for complete closure as early as this month due to COVID 19. Mass gatherings are currently the last phase of the re-opening plan for California, which is forecasted to be months away. This means ZERO revenue opportunities for fairgrounds. We’ve had to be self-sufficient by generating funds through various events which is not possible at this time. We already operate on a very tight budget and losing this entire event season is catastrophic. We don’t qualify for the SBA Loans or the Paycheck Protection Programs. Since we are a District Agricultural Association, we look to the state for help. Governor Newsom has made it clear that we should not anticipate any type of “emergency funding” to get us through these times. This is scary, this is real, it’s not exaggerated, and yes, this will eventually affect YOUR Tri-County Fairgrounds which serves the communities of Inyo, Mono and Alpine Counties.
How can you help? I am working with a Network of California Fairs on a grassroots campaign to make our case to the Legislature for essential emergency funding. Sacramento needs to hear our voice! They need to know what the fair does for our community, education, the economic development of our county, and for you. They need to know that we are more than just a place to purchase a corn dog, we serve the community year round as community and emergency evacuation centers. I ask that you send a personalized letter to each of the emails listed below (in your respective district) and show the need for this emergency funding source. I have included a sample letter that can be used or you can personalize it to your position on this issue. It’s time to bang on the door and let Sacramento hear our voice! #fairstrong
We are stronger together, and together we intend to prevail…please help!