Well friends, it’s been a tough year and we are ALL feeling it. We know that throughout our community, people continue to adapt and pivot, time and again. Our Fair Board, 25 hard-working volunteers who love bringing a week of fun and memories to Washington, are experiencing the same struggles in their individual lives. At the same time, we look optimistically toward August 2021.
The budget process for the 2021 Fair was extensive, with each line-item reviewed, discussed, and trimmed as much as possible, while still maintaining the caliber of entertainment and excitement everyone has come to expect from our fair. As mentioned in our 2020 cancellation announcement, the Chamber and Fair boards have an obligation to ensure the long-term viability of the Fair – for the sake of the Chamber, for the sake of every organization that raises funds through the Fair, and for the sake of future Washingtonians that will raise livestock, sing along at a concert, ride the Ferris Wheel, and cover their ears at a tractor pull. With that obligation in mind, it was clear during our budget process that a season ticket price increase would be necessary. The 2021 regular season ticket prices still provide a substantial savings compared to our daily tickets, averaging $13/day (adults) and $9/day (children). Rides, exhibits, concerts, and motorsports events will continue to be included with admission, providing exceptional value at a reasonable price. To ease confusion, we have also removed the terms “pre-season” and “at gate” from season passes. Now we list the “regular price” of a ticket, which is the price of a ticket bought during the Fair. A series of discounts will be offered over the next few months. The value of the discounts will decrease as we get closer to August.
As a “thank you” to our loyal fair supporters, a few years ago we began offering a limited-time Family 4-Pack discount, which included 2 adult and 2 child season passes. This year, we have chosen to offer a steep discount on individual season passes, instead of packaging them in a 4-pack, so more families and individuals can take advantage of the savings and get exactly the tickets they need. Tickets go on sale Cyber Monday, November 30 at 6 a.m. Adult season passes have a $20 discount, and Child season passes have a $15 discount. The special pricing is automatic and does not require a promo code.
Tickets can be purchased online through our ticketing partner, e-tix. A box office at the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce will not be available until June, and discounts only apply to purchases made through the website. Important: In the event the entire fair is canceled, an automatic refund will be applied to your purchasing card. For instance, in 2020, the Fair itself was canceled and refunds were issued. We then planned a stand-alone livestock show, but we never would have expected ticket purchasers to think that event alone was a substitute for the entire Fair. No refunds/rain checks unless the entire fair is canceled.
Thank you for your continued support of the Washington Town & Country Fair, and of the organizations that benefit from it. We are excited to plan and present “Just Dig it,’ in August!
Benefits of Online Tickets
Ticket discounts are not available at the box office, so you will have to purchase online to take advantage of one of our money-saving offers! The earlier you buy, the better the discount - watch our Facebook Page for special offers.
LOST TICKET INSURANCE
Tickets purchased online can be canceled and re-issued in the event of loss or theft. No more stressing over that ticket that fell out of your pocket (or your child's) up on the Midway! Better still, no stressing after you print your tickets and then forget where you put them. Just re-open the e-mail and print them again. Lost or deleted the e-mail? See the FAQ below for help.
That phone that you carry everywhere... did you know it could hold your ticket? Purchase tickets when it is convenient for you from the comfort of your home. Print them as needed, or text the images to family members so they don't get mixed up!
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO I GET MY TICKET?
An e-mail confirmation will be automatically sent from our ticketing partner, e-tix. The e-mail will include a link to view/print your tickets.
DO I HAVE TO PRINT MY TICKET?
Nope! Mobile tickets can be scanned at the gates, right from your phone! If you open the "View My Tickets" link on a mobile device, the mobile version of the ticket comes up. It also gives you the option to save the ticket right on your homescreen! Important: Tickets cannot be printed from a mobile device, as the layout has been optimized for presentation on a phone. If you want printed tickets, please open the link on a desktop or laptop computer and print from there.
WHAT IF I LOST MY E-MAIL OR DIDN'T RECEIVE IT?
No problem! First, check your junk mail just in case. If you still cannot locate your ticket e-mail, just call the Fair Office (636-239-2715) and the confirmation e-mail can be re-sent to you.
I SAW DISCOUNTED TICKETS OFFERED AT AN ONLINE SWAP SHOP... IS IT VALID?
While we understand that people will share tickets, we do not recommend purchasing tickets from places other than our authorized ticket outlets (washmofair.com, e-tix.com, Chamber/Fair Office). If an unauthorized seller sold a ticket to multiple people, the ticket may be listed as "redeemed" when you arrive at the fair. Since tickets will scan only once at the gate, people who arrive at the gate with a ticket that has already been redeemed will have to purchase a valid ticket from the gatehouse before entering the fair.
Did you consider modifying the fair (limiting attendance, distance guidelines, masks, temp checks, postponing to later dates)
Market Steers and Market Dairy Cows to be entered in the 2020 Washington Town & Country Fair will be tagged on Saturday, February 15, 2020, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. A snow date of February 22, 2020 has been set if weather does not permit tagging to take place on February 15. If necessary, cancellation due to weather will be announced on the Fair’s website (washmofair.com) 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 and will be available at www.washmofair.com beginning February 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.
Applications are now available for the Washington Town & Country Fair Livestock Scholarship. At least 2 - $500.00 college scholarships will be awarded. These scholarships are funded 100% by the exhibitors themselves from a 1% deduction in all Blue Ribbon Auction checks. Applications are available at the Chamber of Commerce office or online.
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 must be returned to the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce: 323 W Main Street, Washington MO 63090, or e-mailed to email@example.com no later than Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
NEW DATE FOR 2019!
This year, the Fair Kick-Off Party will be held on SATURDAY, AUGUST 3. In prior years, the party has been held after the parade on Sunday, but this year we decided to move only the party to Saturday. The covered Farmers' Market pavilion is the perfect location, providing shade from the sun, and cover from the rain (although we are counting on great weather for all of Fair Week!).
The event will be held 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. with food and drink available for purchase and live music from Piano Dan.
In addition to the music and dancing, there will be activities for all ages, including Corn Hole and Koosh Ball games, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and more. It will be a great evening to kick-off FAIR WEEK!