The 2015 Washington Town & Country Fair Parade will be held on Sunday, August 2, at 4:00 p.m. Applications for entries are available at the Chamber of Commerce at 323 West Main Street, Washington or online. There is a $50 entry fee for businesses and a $15 entry fee for non-profit organizations. Applications are due by June 26 to avoid an additional late fee of $10. Entry is limited to the first 100 entrants. Absolutely no entries will be accepted after July 2. The parade route and staging area will remain the same as 2014.
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 from Burnt Whiskey and food/drink will be available for purchase. Awards for parade floats will be presented at 7:00 p.m. For more information on any of the activities during and leading up to the 2015 Fair, please visit www.washmofair.com or call the Chamber of Commerce Office at (636) 239-2715.
Five concerts will be held at this year’s Washington Town & Country Fair, August 5-9 in Washington, Missouri. Tickets are on-sale now at www.washmofair.com. Concerts, rides, motorsports events, exhibits, shows, and parking are included with gate admission to the fair. Entertainers include:
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 – Tenth Avenue North
Thursday, August 6, 2015 – Eli Young Band
Friday, August 7, 2015 – Bret Michaels
Saturday, August 8, 2015 – Boston
Sunday, August 9, 2015 – Eric Paslay
ABOUT THE WASHINGTON TOWN & COUNTRY FAIR
Now in its 86th year, the Washington Town & Country Fair is known throughout the region as a fantastic fair and great bargain. Admission at the one-price fair includes all entertainment. The 2015 fair, “Family Fun For Everyone,” promises something for each fairgoer to enjoy. The carnival midway boasts 20 rides, including some for every age and adventure level. A number of hands-on activities and stage shows are available in the Family Fun Center, and visitors can get an up-close-and-personal agriculture experience while visiting Agriland or the Livestock Barns. Events in the Motorsports Arena include Bull Riding, Truck Pull, FMX stunt riders, Tractor Pull, UTV racing, and Stadium Motocross. Ticket pricing is as follows:
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - $10 child (6-15), $15 adult (16+)
Thursday, August 6, 2015 – $10 child (6-15), $20 adult (16+)
Friday, August 7, 2015 – $15 child (6-15), $25 adult (16+)
Saturday, August 8, 2015 – $15 child (6-15), $25 adult (16+)
Sunday, August 9, 2015 – $15 child (6-15), $20 adult (16+)
Season Pass - $30 child (6-15), $45 adult (16+)
Tickets are available now at our online box office. For more information, please call (636) 239-2715 or e-mail the fair office. The Washington Town & Country Fair can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
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 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, 2015.
Market Steers to be entered in the 2015 Washington Town & Country Fair will be tagged on Saturday, February 21, 2015, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. A snow date of February 28, 2015 has been set if weather does not permit tagging to take place on February 21. The tagging will be held at the Livestock Pavilion at the Washington City Park Fairgrounds. Exhibitors will be allowed to tag two steers, but may only enter one. Weight of animal 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 at the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce or through the Fair Catalog.
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.
The 2015 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 Barbecue, “A Day in Washington”, “A Day of Professionalism”, 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 at 323 West Main Street, Washington, MO 63090. For questions, please contact Tammy (636) 239-2715 x105.
Dear Friend of the Fair:
The 2014 Washington Town & Country Fair will once again open with the Queen Contest on Wednesday evening, August 6. The Queen Contest is one of the first attractions of the Fair. One of the reasons this event is a success is due to the participation of our businesses as Contest Sponsors.
As in the past, the opportunity to sponsor a contestant will be limited to twenty-five businesses. The fee for our sponsorship this year is $500. The names of the twenty-five sponsors will be drawn at the annual Chamber Banquet on March 29, 2014. To be eligible for the drawing, we must receive the enclosed postcard at the Chamber office no later than Wednesday, March 26, 2014.
If selected to sponsor a Queen candidate, you will receive the following benefits:
In addition to announcing our fair activities and selecting our Queen Sponsors at the banquet, we will auction off the fair catalog ads. Again this year we will include a bonus with the purchase of each ad. The successful bidders will receive a VIP package, which includes a parking pass for one night at the fair, four daily tickets and four Main Stage VIP seating passes for the chosen day. We will offer four VIP packages – one for Thursday through Sunday night at the fair. The minimum bid will be $500.00 for each ad/ VIP package.
Additional information will be sent to the twenty-five businesses chosen to be Queen Contestant Sponsors. Thank you for your past support of the Fair. Please “Meet Me at the Fair”, August 6-10, 2014.
2014 Fair Board Chairman
A new building is being constructed in the Motorsports Arena at the Washington City Park Fairgrounds. The facility will be completed in time to be used at the 2014 Washington Town & Country Fair. You can follow the progress of the construction on the Fair's Facebook page in this album.
Dates have been set for the market animal taggings for the 2014 Washington Town & Country Fair. The taggings will be done at the fairgrounds in Washington. Market animals must be owned and in the possession of the exhibitor at tagging. The exhibitor MUST BE present at the tagging. All exhibitors, regardless of age, MUST BE accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Other family members or friends will not be allowed to sign for an exhibitor. This rule will be strictly enforced.
Market animals must be tagged, properly entered, and all fees paid by Friday, July 18, 2014 to be eligible to show.
Tagging dates and market weight ranges (at fair time) are as follows:
MARKET STEER - Saturday, February 15, 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (Snow date of Feb. 22 has been set if weather does not permit tagging to take place on above date.) Minimum weight (at fair time) 1000 lbs., maximum weight 1450 lbs. Exhibitors will be allowed to tag two steers, but may only enter one. We will once again have a rate of gain contest for market steers.
MARKET HOG - Saturday, April 26, 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Minimum weight (at fair time) 240 lbs., maximum weight 290 lbs. Exhibitors will be allowed to tag two animals, but may only enter one. * Exhibitors will be required to provide their Pork Quality Assurance number to be eligible to show. All exhibitors will be required to bring their animal to the tag-in date at the fairgrounds. Exhibitors may bring personal Y-tex tagger to tag their animal. All efforts will be made to ensure sanitary conditions.
MARKET LAMB - Saturday, April 26, 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Minimum weight (at fair time) 100 lbs., maximum weight 150 lbs. Exhibitors may tag in two animals, but may only enter one.
DAIRY- Saturday, April 26, 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Junior exhibitors wanting to participate in the milk auction will be required to tag their entry at this time to be eligible to sell at the auction. Exhibitors may tag in two animals, but may only enter one.
Steers must be dehorned, have all skurs removed and be castrated with a knife or verified a steer prior to tagging.
Barrows must be castrated with a knife prior to tagging.
We will have the Open Market Hog Class again this year. Only one entry per farm (exhibitor). No stall fee will be required, but exhibitors are asked to pre-register and follow all health requirements for Market Hog exhibition. Exhibits for this class will be weighed and tagged at the fair. Ultrasound carcass information will be collected and the exhibitors will be provided with this information. NO PREMIUMS WILL BE PAID. The champion on foot will receive a traveling trophy sponsored by the Washington Area Young Farmers. Open Show animals will be sold at a terminal market with proceeds being donated to the charity of the farm's (exhibitor's) choice. The Open Market Hog Class will be judged immediately following the Junior Market Hog Champion selection.
Again this year the Washington Town & Country Fair Livestock Committee, in conjunction with the University of Missouri Extension Center, Union, will offer Show Me Quality Assurance and Swine Show clinics.
Dates and locations for the clinics will be posted on our website, www.washmofair.com, and our Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/washmofair2) and will be provided to 4-H and FFA leaders when they are finalized.
* 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.
At this time we would like to encourage graduating seniors from Franklin or adjoining counties who have participated in the livestock division to apply for a Livestock Scholarship. Deadline for submitting your application is March 31, 2014. For a copy of the application, see your high school guidance counselor, stop by the Chamber Office, or visit our website, www.washmofair.com.
2014 Washington Town & Country Fair Livestock Committee
Nathan Deppe, Joyce Couch, Jason Gildehaus
The Washington Town & Country Fair Junior Livestock Exhibitor Rules will be handed out at the time of tagging, and will be available in the Fair Catalog, on the Fair Website, and at the Chamber of Commerce Office.
Representatives from the Washington Town & Country Fair traveled to Las Vegas December 8-12, 2013 for the annual International Association of Fairs and Expositions convention. The IAFE represents and facilitates the interests of its members – agricultural fairs, exhibitions, and show associations, and the annual convention is the largest event serving that population. Convention attendees network and learn from seminars, round table discussions, and social events. The event also features a trade show where fairs can book products, services, and entertainment acts. Each year, the IAFE presents awards in various categories to fairs for excellence in Agriculture Programs, Competitive Exhibits, and Communications.
Fairs are divided into categories based on attendance. In 2013, the Washington Town & Country Fair was awarded first place in “Overall Social Media Campaign,” second place in “Advertising Specialties,” and third place in “Printed Promotional Material – Multipage Publication.” Awards were presented Wednesday, December 11 at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas. The 895 contest entries from fairs in the United States and around the world were judged October 23-24 in Springfield, Missouri.