The Washington Town & Country Fair Board is organizing an event for locals to get a mid-winter Fair Food “fix” on Saturday, January 23, 2-7 p.m. at the Washington Knights of Columbus. The limited menu includes the following favorites:
For those interested in skipping the line on Saturday, an online ordering option is available. Orders must be placed by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, and require payment via credit/debit card when the order is placed. Those placing pre-orders must choose a time to pick-up their order or have it delivered (within Washington City Limits). Limited spaces are available each hour for pick-up and delivery orders.
In-person orders will be accepted Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. Payment via credit/debit card or Apple/Google Pay is preferred, but cash will also be accepted.
For questions about the event, please contact the Chamber office (636-239-2715) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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 email@example.com.
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: