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!