Thanks to everyone that has already registered their livestock using our new online registration system! The deadline to register is July 1, so if you have not yet registered, please do so soon.
Here are the questions being answered most frequently at the Chamber Office - we thought it would be a good idea to send the answers to everyone to save people some time and/or frustration.
Livestock Registration Info
On Tuesday, April 24 daily tickets will be available for half-price when customers purchase at www.washmofair.com using promo code EDEAL.
Concerts, rides, shows, exhibits, motorsports events, and parking are all included with admission to the Fair. Regular price daily tickets range from $10-$15 for children (age 6-15) and $15-$30 for adults (age 16+). Children age 5 and under are always FREE at the Washington Town & Country Fair.
Entertainment Highlights at the Washington Town & Country Fair include:
About the Fair:
Now in its 89th year, the Washington Town & Country Fair is known throughout the region as a fantastic fair and great bargain. This year’s event, “Your Bridge To Fun,” will be held August 1-5 in Washington, MO. The event will include 9 concerts on the Pepsi Main Stage and 5 nights of heart-pounding excitement in the RaComm/Radio Comm Motorsports Arena. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.washmofair.com
About Washington, MO:
Washington is located 50 miles west of St. Louis, between I-44 and I-70. Daily service is provided on Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner. Washington balances new retail developments with a thriving historic downtown district, providing excellent shopping, dining, and nightlife options. Located in the heart of Missouri Wine Country, Washington sits within an hour of 56 wineries and has over 200 hotel/B & B rooms available. 2018 special events include: Fine Art Fair and Winefest (May 18-20), Washington Baconfest (June 9), Washington Town & Country Fair (August 1-5), Fall Festival of the Arts & Crafts (September 21-23), and the opening of the new Hwy 47 Missouri River Bridge in December.
On behalf of the Washington Town and Country Fair Parade Committee, we would like to invite you to participate in this year's fair parade. The Washington Town and Country Fair celebration benefits our community by generating funds for all kinds of improvements and new industries as well as providing family fun events for all ages.
This year we will kick off the 25th Annual Washington Town and Country Fair Parade on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. The Fair’s 2018 theme is “Your Bridge To Fun”. The same theme will be used for the parade. In the event of inclement weather, please check the fair Facebook page or the fair website- www.washmofair.com for updates.
Every year thousands of spectators line the streets of Washington to watch the parade. If interested in participating in the parade, please return this application to the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce office by June 22, 2018. Please be very specific in your entry description, dimensions and number of participants. This is critical in organizing the staging area. As in the past, there will be NO POLITICAL Entries. We ask that larger units arrive by 2:00 p.m. for line up.
New for 2018: If you would like your float to be judged, you will need to be in staging and ready for the judges at 3:00. Judging will happen before the parade begins.
Thank you for your cooperation, and we look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible so we can plan an outstanding parade for the community.
Daily tickets and Season Passes for the 2018 Washington Town & Country Fair are on-sale now at www.washmofair.com. Beginning Saturday, March 24, a Family 4-pack will also be on sale. The bundle, which includes 2 adult (age 16+) and 2 child (age 6-15) season passes, is priced at $165, a $5 savings over purchasing the tickets individually.
For a limited time – March 24-April 2 – an additional discount of $45 will be given on the Family 4-Pack, bringing the cost to $120, plus service fees. Purchasers MUST have a promo code to receive the additional discount. Use Promo Code BLOG to save money on your fair tickets!
Sponsorships are available for the 2018 Washington Town & Country Fair Queen Contest. The Fair Queen Contest is a summer-long program that includes activities such as Contestant/Sponsor Luncheon, “A Day of Professionalism”, “A Day in Washington”, Run/Walk, and Parade. The Queen Contest Sponsors also underwrite four scholarships totaling $4,750, which are awarded to the Queen, 1st and 2nd Runner up, and Miss Congeniality.
“I think the Queen Sponsorship is one of the most valuable sponsorships we offer. It’s a ton of exposure before and during the fair,” said Fair Manager Jennifer Giesike. “Plus, it’s an excellent way to invest in some of the bright young ladies in our community.”
The sponsorship is $500 and includes the following benefits:
Interested businesses should contact Tammy at the Chamber Office (636-239-2715 x105, firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, March 23. A total of 24 sponsors will be selected in a blind drawing at the Chamber Banquet on Saturday, March 24.
Due to factors beyond the control of fair officials, The Turnpike Troubadours concert scheduled for August 3, 2018 at the Washington Town & Country Fair has been canceled. The band has accepted an offer to tour with Miranda Lambert, canceling their previously booked shows that overlap with the new tour dates. “We are disappointed, definitely,” said Fair Chairman Brian Gildehaus. The Turnpike Troubadours were scheduled to appear as part of a Red Dirt Triple Feature with Chris Knight and Jason Boland and the Stragglers. The rest of the night’s lineup remains intact, and fair officials expect to announce a replacement for the Turnpike Troubadours in the next few weeks. “We did everything we could do to make something work out for a Turnpike Troubadours show at the fair this year,” commented Fair Manager Jennifer Giesike. “While it is an extremely frustrating situation for our fair, we understand that the opportunity to be included with a tour of that magnitude would be hard to pass up.”
**Ticket Refunds: Those who purchased Friday daily admission tickets and would like to request a refund should send an e-mail to email@example.com stating the purchaser's name. Refunds will be issued for purchases made through Tuesday, 3-13-18 and will posted to the purchasing credit card by March 31, 2018.
Three more entertainers have been announced for this year’s Washington Town & Country Fair, bringing the total number of concerts to a staggering nine shows in five days!
The “Life’s Whatcha Make It” tour, featuring Jake Owen with Chris Janson and Jordan Davis, comes to the Pepsi Main Stage on Saturday, August 4. The full week’s line-up also includes Josh Wilson on Wednesday, August 1, Walker Hayes on Thursday, August 2, a Red Dirt Triple Feature on Friday, August 3 with Chris Knight, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, and Whiskey Myers. Sawyer Brown closes out the week on Sunday, August 5. 2018 Fair Chairman Brian Gildehaus said, “I’m really pleased with what we were able to accomplish this year. There will be no shortage of action, with nine entertainers in five days!”
Fair officials were also quick to point out that while everyone is very excited for the 2018 line-up, the absence of rock and roll is not the start of a new trend at the fair. Fair Manager Jennifer Giesike commented, “We love having rock and roll at the fair, and we looked into a number of acts during the booking process, the pieces just didn’t come together for that this year. While budget is a key part of the decision-making process, routing is also a huge issue. Sometimes entertainers already have shows booked in other parts of the country before or after our fair and it isn’t feasible for them to get to Washington. Other times, entertainers have already booked dates in St. Louis for the summer, and venues typically have restrictions on how soon another show can be booked within the area.” Tim Poepsel who handles the booking process and manages the backstage operations during the fair, agreed, “If we don’t feel that what is available is going to be a big draw here, or up to our standard, we aren’t going to pursue it.”
“I understand there will be some fairgoers who are disappointed that we weren’t able to get a rock band,” commented Gildehaus. “Sometimes it just isn’t possible. At the end of the day, we try to deliver the best line-up and value we can for the fairgoers, and I’m proud of what we have put together for 2018.”
Plans are underway for the Washington Town & Country Fair Parade, scheduled for Sunday, July 29. Each year, a Grand Marshal and Honor Group are selected to lead the parade. Last year, the Parade Committee developed a process for members of the community to submit nominations for Grand Marshal and Honor Group. Nominations are now being sought for this year’s parade. The awards are designed to recognize an outstanding individual (Grand Marshal) and organization (Honor Group) that better our community through service, leadership, and volunteerism.
Nomination forms are available at the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce Office at 323 West Main Street. Forms can also be downloaded from the following links:
Grand Marshal Nomination Form
Honor Group Nomination Form
Nomination forms must be submitted by March 31, 2018. Completed forms can be returned to the Chamber Office or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Washington Town & Country Fair is accepting applications for the 2018 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, 2018. Contestants shall be a high school graduate, of no more than 22 years of age on September 1, 2018, and must be single.
The 2018 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 Luncheon, “A Day of Professionalism”, “A Day Washington”, Run/Walk, and Parade.
Twenty-four contestants will be entered in the contest. You can sign up at the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce office at 323 W. Main St., Washington, MO 63090, by calling (636) 239-2715 x105, or by e-mailing Tammy. More info can be found on the Queen Contest page of the website.
Market Steers and Dairy Cows to be entered in the 2018 Washington Town & Country Fair will be tagged on Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. A snow date of February 24, 2018 has been set if weather does not permit tagging to take place on February 17. If necessary, cancellation due to weather will be announced on the Fair’s website and Facebook page. 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 or on the Fair website after Feb. 17.
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.