Helping Hands | November 5, 2021 | Washington Festivals & Events Association & ASSET
Helping Hands
A newsletter to help you make decisions
during and after the COVID-19 crisis
Resources for WFEA & ASSET Members
King County launching grant program with $1.9 million for King County festivals & events
From King County & WFEA

King County and the Washington Festivals & Events Association (WFEA) have launched a Request for Applications (RFA) for the King County Festivals and Events Grant Program (Program). The Program will deliver $1.9 million in ARPA COVID-19 relief funds to the County’s festivals and events industry in response to the needs of event and festival producers seeking to reestablish community activities, events, festivals, and celebrations in a safe environment, while engaging residents and tourists throughout the County and employing event workers, working creatives, and culture bearers.


Six Event Professionals Become First Class
of CLEP Graduates at WFEA Conference
The CLEP (Certified Live Event Planner) program has offered in-depth educational sessions and hands-on experience at festivals and events to provide event professionals knowledge at the highest level of their field. Upon completion of requirements, the following graduates have earned the title of Certified Live Event Planner (CLEP).
  • Alby Allen, CLEP from Ballard Seafoodfest
  • Chuck Denney, CLEP from Tumwater Parks and Recreation
  • Eddie Redman, CLEP from Grand Event Rentals
  • Carol Riley, CLEP from Olympia Harbor Days
  • Barb Trailer, CLEP from Wooden Boat Festival
  • David Wells, CLEP from City of Bonney Lake

Four presented the most prestigious honor in our industry: the WFEA Hall of Fame Award
Four event producers were inducted into as the newest class in to the WFEA Hall of Fame. Those inductees were:
  • Jeannette Brennan
  • Don Kardong
  • Robin Kelley
  • Terry Morgan

Day In - Day Out and Summerblast at Dune Peninsula honored as Event of the Year
19 regional events were awarded in their respective WFEA state chapters as events of the year. Winners were finalists for the state Event of the Year Award presented by Alexander Party Rental. Those winners were Day In Day Out Music Festival and Summerblast at Dune Peninsula.

Megenhardt and Jones awarded
Event Producer of the Year
Victoria Jones from the Port Angeles Marathon Association and Phil Megenhardt from Bold Hat Productions were awarded the 2021 Event Producer of the Year

Karen Hanan, ArtsWA and Kate Becker, King County named Event Supporters of the Year
Two amazing individuals that have truly gone above and beyond supporting all of our events this past year and have made a significant impact on events during COVID-19. Karen Hanan from ArtsWA and Kate Becker from King County were awarded Event Supporter of the Year. They have both helped to guide Festivals and events through the pandemic and directed many of us to much needed revenue from government funding.

Okanogan County Fair volunteer named
2021 Volunteer of the Year
Scott Vejraska, was named WFEA Volunteer of the Year award. A third generation Cattle rancher living on the Sunny Okanogan Angus Ranch with his family. Together they run about 900 mother cows. He has been a lineman 24 years. He is also a Okanogan PUD commissioner for the past 7 years. He is on the AG advisory board for the Omak FFA. He belongs to the Okanogan and Washington Farm bureau and cattle producers of Washington. Most importantly, he spends many hours at the Okanogan County Fair, where as a volunteer he keeps this event going.

We're avoiding the hardest questions
About living with COVID-19 long term
From The Atlantic

We know how this ends: The coronavirus becomes endemic, and we live with it forever. But what we don’t know—and what the U.S. seems to have no coherent plan for—is how we are supposed to get there. We’ve avoided the hard questions whose answers will determine what life looks like in the next weeks, months, and years: How do we manage the transition to endemicity? When are restrictions lifted? And what long-term measures do we keep, if any, when we reach endemicity?

Americans are ready to mingle,
but some activities more popular
From MarketWatch

More adults say they plan to attend at least one live event or attraction in the fourth quarter of the year than the first three quarters combined. Some 61% of people say they’re ready to mingle in the fourth quarter, versus 51% earlier in the year.

New York’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day
Parade to return pre pandemic form
From WNBC

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will return to its pre-pandemic form this year, with its route restored through Manhattan, high-flying helium balloons once again pulled by handlers and crowds welcomed back to cheer them on. And Baby Yoda is joining the party for the first time.

A new recruitment twist at an old
festival in Stratford-Upon-Avon
From Marketplace

A labor shortage continues to plague businesses on both sides of the pond.

In the English town of Stratford-upon-Avon, best known as the birthplace of Shakespeare, local officials are trying to solve the problem by reviving a tradition even older than the Bard himself. 

King County Creative Handbook:
The Event Community's Complete Guide
It is a critical time to slow the spread of COVID-19, support our medical system, and save lives. It’s also a critical moment for the creative community as individuals, organizations, and businesses. And we’re all working to adapt and move forward in the new reality.

This handbook is being rapidly updated to bring together resources to take care of yourself and your family; to support the arts and culture community; and to prepare for recovery.

Follow University of Washington
“Chris Murray” COVID-19 Model
Referenced in a White House press briefing as the “Chris Murray Model,” IHME’s COVID-19 projections show demand for hospital services and peak numbers of COVID-19 deaths and cases. 

Washington State’s Whipsmart Resource List
Whipsmart, a new creative economy-focused nonprofit that gives creative professionals the tools they need to succeed, has assembled a resource list that provides a comprehensive list of resources for creatives that will be updated in real time by a dedicated staff member to ensure that the information is timely and relevant. 

This is our 43rd issue of “Helping Hands,” a newsletter designed to include articles that might help you with your decision making during COVID-19.

If you have story ideas, please let us know, as we’d like to share how you’re dealing with the crisis in future issues.
Helping Hands | November 5, 2021 | Washington Festivals & Events Association & ASSET