The great weather continues for Fairadise! We had a great parade Sunday, July 30th through the streets of Washington. A big crowd watched along the route, and over 300 viewed our live-stream on YouTube (if you missed it, watch the saved version here)! There were nearly 100 entries, and the floats looked fantastic! Grand Marshal was Jim Briggs (who road on the Wells Fargo Stage Coach), and the Honor Group was the City of Washington (riding on a tram decorated by Hillermann Nursery & Florist). Special thanks to our parade sponsors, John & Rita Griesheimer, and Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of New Haven. The parade video was sponsored by Washington Fence Co.
Float winners were Planet Gymnastics (1st), Our Lady of Lourdes (2nd), and Borgia Grade School (3rd). Thanks to all who decorated floats!
We'd also like to take a moment to thank our awesome parade committee. It takes a lot of work and planning to make the parade happen every year and we are grateful to those who volunteer to make it a success!
Pictures are available below, and The Missourian also has a great album here.
A live video 2017 Washington Town & Country Fair Parade will be available on the fair website this year! Those unable to attend the parade in person can visit www.washmofair.com/live to see the live video. It can also be viewed from the Fair's YouTube channel. Special thanks to Matt Wilson from Wilson Video Productions and our parade video sponsor, Washington Fence Company!
The Washington Town & Country Fair is accepting applications for the 2016 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, 2016. Contestants shall be a high school graduate, or no more than 22 years of age on September 1, 2016, and must be single.
The 2016 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 Professionalism”, “A 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 at the Fairgrounds office, Washington, MO 63090, by calling (636) 239-2715 x105, or by e-mail.
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.