‘Very Real Possibility’ That the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds Will Close
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Hello all,…These are difficult and stressful times and the financial outlook for Redwood Acres and all fairgrounds is grim. There is a very real possibility that fairgrounds will be closing, for a better idea of how Redwood Acres is doing, scroll to the bottom of the page for a cash flow statement. Please help advocate for funding for fairgrounds by contacting your local representatives. In Humboldt, our reps are Senator McGuire (https://sd02.senate.ca.gov), Assemblymember Jim Wood (https://a02.asmdc.org/), and Jared Huffman (https://huffman.house.gov/), your voice makes a difference!Updates:
- I’d like to thank the Junior Livestock Association volunteers, Rex Bohn, American AgCredit, Mercer Fraser, Murphy’s Market, Ray Gomez, Vern’s Furniture, Shafers Ace Hardware, and Recology for pulling together to ensure that all the animals were purchased. I’m grateful for this strong group of volunteers and businesses who keep this community strong!
- On 6/10 a car drove into a power pole which feeds Redwood Acres, we lost power for the day, though PG&E had the power on by the evening. On 6/30 at 10:30 pm a tree caught fire in the McKay Tract right behind the horse barns. Thankfully the fire department was immediately on the scene and was able to have it out by midnight.
- We recently launched a new and improved website located at the same address www.redwoodacres.com
- A virtual stock car race is scheduled for 7/12 with an all-day practice on 7/11. There will be no spectators. Both days should end by 8 pm
- The Humboldt Flea Market is working to shift the monthly event outdoors and is busily working through the details with DHHS. There will tentatively be a market each month beginning in August.
- Outlaw Karts have events scheduled for 7/18, 8/8, 9/22, 9/19, 10/3 & 10/4
- We are hosting a COVID-19 testing site and an alternative care site. A deal was worked out between the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the Office of Emergency Services, which requires no payment for the usage. While we are happy to be able to play an important part during this crisis, fairgrounds are forced to be financially self-sufficient which makes this a particularly difficult situation.
- Redwood Acres submitted an application for the Paycheck Protection Program. Initially, this program was not open to organizations like ours, thankfully the rules changed and we’re hoping this works out.
- Below is the cash flow statement, which indicates that Redwood Acres will run out of money by December. This is a very scary proposition as not only are we the region’s emergency location, we are home to 14 businesses, horse boards, and actively serve the community through hosting and renting out the facility for events. The state has allocated funding to help unwind operations and for the layoff process for fairgrounds that run out of money, yet no funding to keep them open.This is a fluid situation and we are doing our best to push out our timeline as far as possible. We have gone through one round of layoffs and the remaining staff has all reduced their hours and/or wages. We are very lucky to have such fantastic personnel, who are continually asked to do more with less. I’m actively deferring loan payments and seeking new revenue streams. Please don’t forget to contact our local representatives, Jared Huffman, Mike McGuire, and Jim Wood to advocate for Redwood Acres. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.Sincerely,Ben Brown, C.E.O.
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