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 The Turnpike Troubadours. 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.
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. Digital copies can also be requested by e-mailing the Fair Office or can be downloaded 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, 2018.
Washington, MO – January 15, 2018 – The Washington Town & Country Fair has made its first entertainment announcement for 2018 – a Red Dirt triple feature. On Friday, August 3rd, Chris Knight, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, and The Turnpike Troubadours will perform on the Pepsi Main Stage. Seating is general admission and the concert is included with your entry ticket to the fair.
The Red Dirt music style is a new offering for the Fair, but one that 2018 Chairman Brian Gildehaus is thrilled about. “What a great opportunity for us to bring a new genre to the stage, with three of the biggest names in Red Dirt.” Chris Knight, a 20-year veteran with 8 albums and a still uncompromised reputation as one of the best singer/songwriters in America, will open the show. Jason Boland & The Stragglers will follow with a high energy performance that remains steadfast and true to the country music of old. The night ends with The Turnpike Troubadours, who have taken the Texas/Red Dirt scene by storm with a mix of excellent songwriting, superior musicianship and a killer live show.
Tickets for Friday, August 3rd are on sale now at washmofair.com. Admission to the fair includes concerts, midway rides, shows, exhibits, livestock shows, and motorsports events. Cost is $30 for adults (age 16+) and $15 for children (age 6-15). Fairgoers age 5 and under are free. Season passes, good for every day of the 5-day fair, will be available for purchase beginning in March.
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. August 1-5, 2018, “Your Bridge to Fun” will showcase 5 nights of concerts on the Main Stage, along with 5 nights of entertainment in the Motorsports Arena. Other attractions include a 20-ride midway, regional bands in the entertainment tent, livestock shows, stage shows, strolling entertainers, interactive exhibits, and of course, Fair Food.
Remaining acts for the Pepsi Main Stage, as well as other attractions for the 2018 Fair, will be announced via @washmofair social media accounts on Thursdays throughout January and February.
For more information on the Washington Town & Country Fair, please visit washmofair.com.
Click on the images above to learn more about each entertainer!
2017 Chairman, Joe Maniaci, presented the Fair's annual report Thursday, January 11. He was quick to thank our sponsors, volunteers, and fairgoers, giving an extra shout-out to the City of Washington and the Parks Department. There are so many groups, businesses, and individuals who help make our fair the great success it is.
Despite some challenges (rain, Lynyrd Skynyrd cancellation, Motocross cancellation, paved surface needed for 9/11 exhibit), the Fair Board and partners rose to the occasion time and again. The result was five fun days in Fairadise, and and a local economic impact of over $1 million!
Do you love the Fair? Do you want to work hard with an amazing group of people to keep making it better? If so, we hope you will consider applying for our Fair Board or Junior Fair Board!