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The 2017 Washington Town & Country Fair Parade will be held on Sunday, July 30 at 4:00 p.m. Applications for entries are available HERE or at the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce at 323 West Main Street. There is a $75 entry fee for businesses and a $25 entry fee for non-profit organizations. Applications are due by June 23 to avoid a late fee. Absolutely no entries will be accepted after June 30. Entries have the option of being judged. Cash prizes with a trophy will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place floats.
The parade begins at Circle and High Streets and will travel south on High Street to 5th Street. The parade will then travel east on 5th Street to Jefferson Street. On Jefferson, entries will travel north until reaching Main Street. The parade will end at Cedar and Main Streets where parade officials will direct entries down Front Street back to Fairgrounds.
After Parade Party
The Chamber of Commerce will again be hosting an After-Parade Party at the Farmers’ Market at the conclusion of the parade. The party will include live music and food/drink will be available for purchase. Awards for parade floats will be presented at 6:30 p.m.
Market Hogs and Market Lambs participating in the Blue Ribbon Auction at the 2017 Washington Town and Country Fair will be tagged on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Animals will be tagged from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The tagging will be held at the Washington City Park Fairgrounds.
All Junior Exhibitors must be a member in good standing of a 4-H Club or FFA Chapter, and they must be enrolled in the project they are entering. Market class Junior Exhibitors must be from Franklin or an adjoining county. Complete rules for the Junior Livestock Exhibitors will be available at the tag-in.
THE EXHIBITOR MUST BE PRESENT AT THE TAGGING. All exhibitors, regardless of age, MUST BE accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Relatives or friends will not be allowed to tag the animal for an absent exhibitor.
* All Junior Exhibitors (Market and Breeding) are required to have a valid Show Me Quality Assurance qualification to be eligible to show. Please check with your FFA Advisor, 4-H Leader, or the University of Missouri Extension Center for possible changes in requirements for PQA and age requirements.
The class list for entries in the Home Economics/Fine Arts Divisions at the 2017 Washington Town & Country Fair is now available! The Exhibitor Building has over 200 classes in a variety of categories, such as: clothing/sewing, photography, craft & hobby, creative craft, decorative craft, painting, and more! Pre-registration is required, and all paperwork must be completed and returned to the Fair Office by Friday, July 14.
The class list for the Horticulture/Floriculture Divisions (including arrangements and fairy gardens) will be available in the coming weeks.
3 or more decorated cookies with a theme
Custard or Cream Pie
Added "footprint" to Handprint/Footprint Craft
Jewelry moved to "Craft and Hobby" category
Dates to Remember:
Registration Deadline - Friday, July 14, 2017
Entry Drop-Off - Monday, July 31 (6:30-8:00 p.m.) or Tuesday, August 1 (8:00-10:00 a.m.)
A new registration form has been created and is available on the last page of the class list. Online registration will be available as well. Keep an eye on the Facebook page and website for information when online registration will be accepted.
We have re-organized our Pinterest Boards, so there is now one board for each category. We can't wait to see what you create!
Plans are underway for the Washington Town & Country Fair Parade, scheduled for Sunday, July 30. Each year, a Grand Marshal and Honor Group are selected to lead the parade. This year, the Parade Committee has developed a process for members of the community to submit nominations for Grand Marshal and Honor Group. The awards are designed to recognize an outstanding individual (Grand Marshal) and organization (Honor Group) that better our community through service, leadership, and volunteerism.
Grand Marshal Nomination Form
Honor Group Nomination Form
Nomination forms are due back to the Chamber Office by March 31, 2017.
The Washington Town & Country Fair is accepting applications for the 2017 Fair Queen Contest. Contestants must be citizens of the United States, female, and a resident of Franklin or an adjoining county. Contestants must also be a resident of Missouri for no fewer than six months as of July 15, 2017. Contestants shall be a high school graduate, of no more than 22 years of age on September 1, 2017, and must be single.
The 2017 Fair Queen will receive a $2,500.00 scholarship, First Runner-up $1,000.00, Second Runner-up $750.00, and Miss Congeniality will receive a $500.00 scholarship.
The Queen Contest Committee has scheduled activities for all the contestants including a Contestant/Sponsor Baseball Game, “A Day of Professional Development”, “ Day Washington”, Run/Walk, and Parade.
Twenty-five contestants will be entered in the contest. You can sign up at the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce office, by contacting Tammy (636) 239-2715 x105, or by completing the form on the Queen Page.
Market Steers and Dairy Cows to be entered in the 2017 Washington Town & Country Fair will be tagged on Saturday, February 18, 2017, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. A snow date of February 25, 2017 has been set if weather does not permit tagging to take place on February 18. If necessary, cancellation due to weather will be announced on the Fair’s website and social media accounts. Information will also be provided to KLPW and The Missourian. The tagging will be held at the Livestock Pavilion at the Washington City Park Fairgrounds. Exhibitors will be allowed to tag two market steers or dairy cows, but may only enter one. Market steer weight at fair time must be 1,000 to 1,450 lbs.
All Junior Exhibitors must be a member in good standing of a 4-H Club or FFA Chapter, and they must be enrolled in the project they are exhibiting. Market class Junior Exhibitors must be from Franklin or an adjoining county. Complete rules for the Junior Livestock Exhibitors will be available at the tag-in.
THE EXHIBITOR MUST BE PRESENT AT THE TAGGING. All exhibitors, regardless of age, MUST BE accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Relatives or friends will not be allowed to tag the animal for an exhibitor.
Once again the Town and Country Fair will be awarding at least 2 - $500.00 college scholarships. These scholarships are funded 100% by the exhibitors themselves from a 1% deduction in all Blue Ribbon Auction checks.
Scholarship applicants must be seniors in high school and must have exhibited livestock of any species, market or breeding, at the Washington Town & Country Fair at some time before their senior year. Applicants must also be residents of Franklin or an adjoining county. Applications are available through the Guidance Office at the high schools or at the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce - Fair Office. A digital copy is available for download here.
Completed applications must be received at the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce - Fair Office, 323 West Main Street, Washington MO 63090, no later than March 31, 2017.
Calling all 8th graders and high schoolers - the Junior Fair Board for the Washington Town & Country Fair is taking some new members! This group plans events that take place during the Fair and assists the Sr. Fair Board on the grounds during the 5-day Fair each August.
For the 2016 Fair, the JFB organized Race to VIP, Human Foosball, and the Dunk Tank (Sunday afternoon). If you love the Fair, this is a great volunteer opportunity! To learn more about the group, contact one of the members listed below, or e-mail us. An application is available here. Don't forget - the application deadline is September 3oth!
Submitted by Guest Blogger, iXOXOlivestock16
As the rainstorm worsened, my hopes sank into the deep puddles collecting on the sides of the road. The parade would have to be cancelled. The thought depressed me as we drove on toward the Bank of Washington Downtown Branch. We arrived at the garage and waited out the rain. However, all our hopes were not dashed as the rain let up to a drizzle. As more and more convertibles arrived, our rainy moods lifted! After drying off our vehicle, my partner and I strapped our posters on to the doors. Soon, we headed out for a wonderful parade day! The temperature was not too hot, not too cold…it was perfect! We lined up and the parade started.
At a signal from one of the fair queen committee members, we sat up on the backs of the convertibles. Our feet didn’t touch the seat below us, so holding on was difficult!! Once, on a sharp curve, the driver braked, and we lurched forward from our seats. The crowd gasped, but luckily, we were able to somewhat gracefully reseat ourselves. By the end, my hand was tired and my smile was hurting, but it was worth it to see people smiling and waving back!
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