8 Livestock Scholarships Awarded
Congratulations to these local senior livestock exhibitors that were selected to receive 2022 Livestock Scholarships! These scholarships are funded 100% by the exhibitors themselves from a 1% deduction in all Blue Ribbon Auction checks. Applications for Livestock Scholarships are due March 31 each year.
Plans are underway for the Washington Town & Country Fair Parade, scheduled for Sunday, August 2. Each year, a Grand Marshal and Honor Group are selected to lead the 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. This year, the parade committee has chosen to recognize our “Healthcare Heroes” as the honor group, but nominations are still being sought for the Grand Marshal.
Nomination forms must be submitted by March 31, 2021. Completed forms can be returned to the Chamber Office (323 W Main Street, Washington) or e-mailed to the Fair Office.
Steer & Dairy Tagging
Market Steers and Dairy Cows to be entered in the 2021 Washington Town & Country Fair will be tagged on Saturday, February 13, 2021, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. A snow date of February 20, 2021 has been set if weather does not permit tagging to take place on February 13. If necessary, postponement 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.
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.
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 e-mailed to exhibitors and available at washmofair.com the week of Feb. 8.
COVID-19 Procedures: Attendees must remain in their vehicle until otherwise directed by a Fair Representative. All Attendees will be required to wear masks.
Queen Contestant Sign-Ups!
The Washington Town & Country Fair is accepting applications for the 2021 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, 2021. Contestants shall be a high school graduate, of no more than 22 years of age on September 1, 2021, and must be single.
The 2021 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.
Interested participants can register online, or by contacting Tammy at the Chamber Office - (636) 239-2715 x105.
Fair Food Drive-Thru
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 email@example.com.
About Ticket Prices...
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.
Cheers to You, Washington!
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