Plans are underway for the Washington Town & Country Fair Parade, scheduled for Sunday, July 29. Each year, a Grand Marshal and Honor Group are selected to lead the parade. Last year, the Parade Committee developed a process for members of the community to submit nominations for Grand Marshal and Honor Group. Nominations are now being sought for this year’s parade. The awards are designed to recognize an outstanding individual (Grand Marshal) and organization (Honor Group) that better our community through service, leadership, and volunteerism.
Nomination forms are available at the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce Office at 323 West Main Street. Forms can also be downloaded from the following links:
Grand Marshal Nomination Form
Honor Group Nomination Form
Nomination forms must be submitted by March 31, 2018. Completed forms can be returned to the Chamber Office or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Washington Town & Country Fair is accepting applications for the 2018 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, 2018. Contestants shall be a high school graduate, of no more than 22 years of age on September 1, 2018, and must be single.
The 2018 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 Luncheon, “A Day of Professionalism”, “A Day Washington”, Run/Walk, and Parade.
Twenty-four contestants will be entered in the contest. You can sign up at the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce office at 323 W. Main St., Washington, MO 63090, by calling (636) 239-2715 x105, or by e-mailing Tammy. More info can be found on the Queen Contest page of the website.
Market Steers and Dairy Cows to be entered in the 2018 Washington Town & Country Fair will be tagged on Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. A snow date of February 24, 2018 has been set if weather does not permit tagging to take place on February 17. If necessary, cancellation due to weather will be announced on the Fair’s website 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 or on the Fair website after Feb. 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.
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!