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.
UPDATE - Whiskey Myers will be performing in place of The Turnpike Troubadours. Chris Knight and Jason Boland & The Stragglers will still perform as originally scheduled.
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!
Country music duo, Big & Rich will now be headlining on Friday, August 4th at the Washington Town & Country Fair. They will be performing at 8:30 p.m. on the Main Stage and will bring a high energy show that you don’t want to miss. Remember to come out early and enjoy all of the attractions that your ticket includes.
The Washington Town & Country Fair is a one-price fair – admission includes rides, concerts, motorsports events, shows, and exhibits. Admission is $30 for adults (age 16+) and $15 for children (age 6-15). Children age 5 and under are free.
About Big & Rich
Big & Rich are a country music duo composed of Big Kenny & John Rich, both of whom are songwriters, vocalists, and guitarists. They have released a number of hits, including “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)”, “Holy Water,” “Never Mind Me,” and their number one single, “Lost In This Moment.”
2017 Fair Highlights
Other headliners at the 2017 Fair include 7eventh Time Down, Granger Smith feat. Earl Dibbles Jr., Lonestar, George Thorogood & the Destroyers – Rock Party Tour, and Brothers Osborne. Entertainment in the Motorsports Arena includes Bronc & Bull Riding, Freestyle American Bullfighting, Truck & Tractor Pulls, and Stadium Motocross. The Fair also hosts a variety of shows and exhibits, including glassblowing demonstrations, chainsaw carving, Puzzlemania, stage shows, and the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit.
For more information on the Washington Town & Country Fair, please visit www.washmofair.com, or follow the @washmofair social media pages.
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!
On Saturday, July 29th, nearly 300 people participated in the 22nd annual Run/Walk to kick of Fair Week. The weather was perfect for a morning 5K or 5-mile run.
Thanks to our sponsors: 9Round Kickboxing, Ballmann Earthworks, Bank of Washington, Brown's New Balance, Gatorade Division - Pepsi New Haven, Grey Eagle Distributors - Michelob Ultra, Heritage Propane, Eric Park & George Meyer with LPL Financial, Pap Murphy's Pizza, Siedhoff Distributing Company, Wells Fargo Advisors - Andy Beckerman.
Thanks to our Run/Walk Commitee: Jon & Julie Ballmann, Dave & Becky Cox, Andrew Meyer, and Marsha Meyer.
Congratulations to our winners, and thanks to everyone who participated in the day's events!
Results can be viewed here.
The Missourian has a couple of great albums for the Run/Walk and Fun Run as well.
The Washington Town & Country Fair is proud to welcome the 9-11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit to this year’s fair, August 2-6. The exhibit is a high-tech, 53-foot tractor- trailer, which unfolds into a 1,000 square foot exhibit. It serves as a poignant reminder of that tragic day. It includes artifacts such as steel beams from the towers, documentary videos, recordings of first responder radio transmissions and live tours by FDNY firefighters.
The exhibit will be escorted into Washington on Tuesday, August 1st at 10:30 a.m. Local Fire, Police, and EMS crews will be participating in the procession, as well as 100+ Freedom Riders. The exhibit will enter Washington on MO-100 at approximately 10:30 a.m. after being joined by the escort team at N-Sports. Fair Chairman Joe Maniaci encourages all who are able to stand along the route with flags and patriotic clothing to welcome the exhibit to Washington.
Exhibit Route to Fairgrounds:
Entering town on MO-100 from N-Sports. MO-100 to Fifth Street. Fifth to High Street. High to Front. Front onto Tiemann, entering the fairgrounds through the South Gate.
Located between the Midway and the Food Court, the Family Fun Center has become a can’t-miss attraction at the Fair. With stage shows, interactive exhibits, contests, and a free-play area, there is always something fun to do under the FFC pavilion! It also features bonus activities, like “Harry the Cat’s Messy Play Zone” (Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.), and Inflatables (Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday afternoons) in the grassy area next-door.
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