Congratulations to our winners!
Thank you to our event sponsors: Mercy, Associated Builders & Contractors - Heartland of America Chapter, and Jim Trenary Motorsports.
Special thanks to our Track Builder, Dirt Wurx, race organizer, Terri Gulley and Double Vision Promotions, and for our event volunteers.
A few questions were raised to the Fair Board and Staff regarding carnival operations at the 2018 Fair. After meeting with the carnival company
The Ferris Wheel often does not have a full load. It makes it easier to balance and is more efficient when it isn’t completely full. Cobra kiddie ride did run half loads on Wednesday. A replacement part was overnighted and the Cobra has been running full loads since Thursday.
Area 51 and Super Shot were down roughly 10 minutes on Thursday to do a mid-day inspection by the carnival company, which is not uncommon for fairs with long hours.
The Sizzler, a nearly brand-new ride, was broken down upon arrival. PBJ had hoped to get a part for repair, but the needed part was not available quickly enough. The Sizzler was removed from the grounds and replaced with another ride.
**Rides are inspected annually by National Association Of Amusement Ride Safety.
Prior to rides opening at the Washington Town & Country Fair, they were inspected by the Fire Department and Building Inspector. All rides are also reviewed daily by PBJ employees.
"Safety is our top priority," said Cody Casper, co-owner of PBJ Happee Day Shows. "We would rather shut a ride down for a bit to ensure it is completely safe. While the down-time is inconvenient to fair-goers, we won't sacrifice safety for convenience."
The 2018 Washington Town & Country Fair Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction will begin at 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 4. The auction will include 47 Market Steers, 24 Market Lambs, 11 Market Dairy, and 170 Market Hogs. The auction line-up is available here. A printed version will be provided for all bidders.
Thanks to everyone that has already registered their livestock using our new online registration system! The deadline to register is July 1, so if you have not yet registered, please do so soon.
Here are the questions being answered most frequently at the Chamber Office - we thought it would be a good idea to send the answers to everyone to save people some time and/or frustration.
Livestock Registration Info
On Tuesday, April 24 daily tickets will be available for half-price when customers purchase at www.washmofair.com using promo code EDEAL.
Concerts, rides, shows, exhibits, motorsports events, and parking are all included with admission to the Fair. Regular price daily tickets range from $10-$15 for children (age 6-15) and $15-$30 for adults (age 16+). Children age 5 and under are always FREE at the Washington Town & Country Fair.
Entertainment Highlights at the Washington Town & Country Fair include:
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. This year’s event, “Your Bridge To Fun,” will be held August 1-5 in Washington, MO. The event will include 9 concerts on the Pepsi Main Stage and 5 nights of heart-pounding excitement in the RaComm/Radio Comm Motorsports Arena. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.washmofair.com
About Washington, MO:
Washington is located 50 miles west of St. Louis, between I-44 and I-70. Daily service is provided on Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner. Washington balances new retail developments with a thriving historic downtown district, providing excellent shopping, dining, and nightlife options. Located in the heart of Missouri Wine Country, Washington sits within an hour of 56 wineries and has over 200 hotel/B & B rooms available. 2018 special events include: Fine Art Fair and Winefest (May 18-20), Washington Baconfest (June 9), Washington Town & Country Fair (August 1-5), Fall Festival of the Arts & Crafts (September 21-23), and the opening of the new Hwy 47 Missouri River Bridge in December.
On behalf of the Washington Town and Country Fair Parade Committee, we would like to invite you to participate in this year's fair parade. The Washington Town and Country Fair celebration benefits our community by generating funds for all kinds of improvements and new industries as well as providing family fun events for all ages.
This year we will kick off the 25th Annual Washington Town and Country Fair Parade on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. The Fair’s 2018 theme is “Your Bridge To Fun”. The same theme will be used for the parade. In the event of inclement weather, please check the fair Facebook page or the fair website- www.washmofair.com for updates.
Every year thousands of spectators line the streets of Washington to watch the parade. If interested in participating in the parade, please return this application to the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce office by June 22, 2018. Please be very specific in your entry description, dimensions and number of participants. This is critical in organizing the staging area. As in the past, there will be NO POLITICAL Entries. We ask that larger units arrive by 2:00 p.m. for line up.
New for 2018: If you would like your float to be judged, you will need to be in staging and ready for the judges at 3:00. Judging will happen before the parade begins.
Thank you for your cooperation, and we look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible so we can plan an outstanding parade for the community.
Daily tickets and Season Passes for the 2018 Washington Town & Country Fair are on-sale now at www.washmofair.com. Beginning Saturday, March 24, a Family 4-pack will also be on sale. The bundle, which includes 2 adult (age 16+) and 2 child (age 6-15) season passes, is priced at $165, a $5 savings over purchasing the tickets individually.
For a limited time – March 24-April 2 – an additional discount of $45 will be given on the Family 4-Pack, bringing the cost to $120, plus service fees. Purchasers MUST have a promo code to receive the additional discount. Use Promo Code BLOG to save money on your fair tickets!
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 Whiskey Myers. 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.”