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!
VIP A limited number of VIP passes for concerts at the Washington Town & Country Fair will be available for sale on Thursday, July 18 at 10 a.m. General Admission seating for concerts is included with admission to the fair, but there is a small VIP section in front of the stage. VIP passes will continue to be provided to sponsors and committee members, but there has been increased demand in recent years by fairgoers wishing to purchase tickets into the area. Only 50 VIP passes for each night (Thursday – Sunday) will be available. Tickets must be purchased online. Links to the sales page are published below. Cost is $50 each for Saturday (Styx) VIPs, and $25 each for the other days. VIP Passes do not include admission to the Fair – a daily ticket or season pass must still be purchased to enter the fairgrounds.
VIP - LOCASH (Thursday, August 8)
VIP - Shooter Jennings w/ the Bottle Rockets and Old 97's (Friday, August 9)
VIP - Styx (Saturday, August 10) - VIP Tickets are sold out, but you can still purchase general admission tickets here!
VIP - David Lee Murphy (Sunday, August 11)
Daily tickets and/or season passes must be purchased in a separate transaction here.
Our system is now prepared to accept online entries for livestock! Click the "Register Exhibits" button at the top left, or use the shortcuts at the bottom of this post.
New Exhibitors: You will be asked to create an account to register. You will need a separate account for each exhibitor.
Returning Exhibitors: You will need to select the "I have previously registered this year" option. If you remember your password, you will enter it. If not, click the button to have your password sent to you, or call the office to get your password.
Please note - you need to register all of your items at once! If you sign in later to register more livestock or home ec entries, the system may overwrite your original entries! If you choose to add Home Ec entries later, please submit a paper form.
Fair Admission: Ticket purchases will not be made through the same system as the livestock registration. Visit e-tix to purchase season tickets. Our Queen Contestants will be providing promo codes at the end of the month for a discount on tickets, so if you don't already have yours, keep an eye out for that! Exhibitors will use the same style ticket as other fairgoers and are encouraged to get a daily re-entry wristband.
Parking Passes/Needed Items: You will receive your packet when you bring your animal to the fairgrounds. Exhibitors bringing animals after the first day can pick up packets Tuesday evening, 6-10 p.m. After that, packets will be available at the South Traffic Gate during fair hours.
Livestock Show Schedule is available at www.washmofair.com/livestock
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Here are the questions 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.
We've got non-stop action in the Motorsports Arena again this year!
Wednesday, August 7 - Bull Riding w/ Freestyle American Bullfighting
Don't forget - Spectators' admission to Motorsports Events is included with admission! Stay tuned for more info!
We're excited to bring back some crowd favorites as we celebrate 90 years of the Washington Town & Country Fair! In 2017, the response to the 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit was so amazing, we knew we HAD to bring it back sometime in the future. When we learned new items had been added to the exhibit, it was an easy choice to bring it as the Chairman's exhibit for 2019! The exhibit will be open daily during the fair, 1:00-7:00 p.m. and will be located by the North (Shuttle) Gate.
In 2013, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation launched its 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit; a tribute to all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, including, of course, the 343 members of the FDNY who made the ultimate sacrifice. The high-tech, 53-foot tractor-trailer, which transforms into a 1,000 square foot exhibit, is a tool to further educate citizens throughout the country about the events of that tragic day.
Welcomed around the country, from the Black Hills of South Dakota to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, the memorial provides interactive education; including artifacts such as steel beams from the towers, documentary videos, and recordings of first responder radio transmissions. Interactive guided tours are carried out by FDNY firefighters who provide firsthand accounts of the day and its aftermath. The 9/11 NEVER FORGET Mobile Exhibit, which has traveled to nearly 30 states and Canada, has welcomed in over 350,000 people to date.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is committed to ensuring WE NEVER FORGET.
The Chairman's Event is sponsored by:
Carpenter's Local 1839 ● KFAV 99.9 FM ● Performance Food Group - Middendorf ● Casey's General Store
The 2019 Washington Town & Country Fair Parade will be held on Sunday, August 4, at 4:00 p.m. Applications for entries are available at the Chamber of Commerce at 323 West Main Street, Washington or on our PARADE page. There is a $100 entry fee for businesses and a $25 entry fee for non-profit organizations. Applications are due by June 21 to avoid an additional late fee of $50. The parade route and staging area will remain the same as 2018.
Float judging will take place prior to the parade and winning entries will have a sign to display during the parade. Prizes will be awarded as follows 1st place- $225.00 & trophy, 2nd place- $175.00 & trophy, and 3rd place- $125.00 & trophy.
For more information, please call Brittany at the Chamber of Commerce Office (636-239-2715) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ticket pricing... It's no fun for us, it's no fun for you. We get it. In fact, since our Fair Board and Staff also purchase tickets to attend the fair, we are all aware of the impact pricing has on fairgoers. Decisions to increase prices are not taken lightly, and are made with every effort to balance the long-term sustainability of our event with a price that doesn't discourage fairgoers from attending.
This year, we did have to increase the prices for Adult and Child Season Passes, as well as for the Family 4-Pack. Although we do our best to avoid them, sometimes ticket price increases are necessary. We will offer a number of season ticket discounts in the months leading up to the Fair, and our Queen Contestants will offer a $5 discount on sales in June & July. Promotion details will be posted to social media and sent to our e-newsletter subscribers.
We speak and post often about how seriously we take our obligation of providing a quality fair, with something for everyone. We LOVE this aspect of the fair - being able to provide 5 amazing days full of memories and fun, lessons and opportunity! Additionally, our fair makes an equally important impact on our community, with ripples that continue through the rest of the year and far into the future.
For instance: The local economic impact of our Fair has topped the $1 million mark for nearly two decades! That is money pumped into our local economy through scholarships, premiums to exhibitors, the purchase of supplies, and donations to organizations, who in turn, use those funds for more improvements and contributions in our area! For many of those organizations, the donations (received in exchange for volunteer service) make up a significant percent of their annual revenue. Without the Fair, organizations suffer, and our community suffers, which is why we are committed to keeping this Fair going for another 90 years (and more!). We want you (and your children and grandchildren!) right here with us as we continue this amazing Washington tradition.
Keeping our fair sustainable into the future requires more than breaking even each year. Like any business, organization, or family, we need to keep a savings account for unexpected expenses. And of course, since you just never know about Missouri weather, we also try to keep a "rainy day" (or maybe "thunderstorm" or "hot and humid") fund. It's important to be prepared so our Fair can continue to deliver the experiences our fairgoers know and love, even after a year or two of unfortunate weather.
This has been a long (sorry, I'm passionate about this! ) way of saying:
"We know you don't like ticket increases, but we are trying to cover our ever-growing expenses while still having a bit of money left to invest in the Fair's future, and our community's well-being. Thank You for joining us for an annual week of fun and a lifetime of impact. We could not do this without you!"
Excerpt from the WTCF Mission Statement:
Looking for a way to treat your employees or clients to an even better evening at the Fair? Bid on the Upper Deck Experience at the Chamber Banquet - March 16.
The Upper Deck Experience package includes VIP treatment for 16 guests at the West Build-a-Bar by the Main Stage. Enjoy a great view of the concert from the bar roof while being treated to complimentary drinks!
Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2019 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 $550 and includes the following benefits:
Interested businesses should contact Tammy at the Chamber Office (636-239-2715 x105, email@example.com). Sponsors that have committed by Friday, March 15 will be announced at the Chamber Banquet on Saturday, March 16.