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:
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, firstname.lastname@example.org). Sponsors that have committed by Friday, March 15 will be announced at the Chamber Banquet on Saturday, March 16.
Have you always dreamed of walking across the stage at the Fair in the Queen Contest? It's time to sign up!
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.
Ways to Sign Up:
The Queen and Court get a celebrity experience at the Fair, but the entire summer is full of great experiences for our contestants! Check out some highlights from 2018:
Plans are underway for the Washington Town & Country Fair Parade, scheduled for Sunday, August 4. 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 here or at the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce Office at 323 West Main Street. Nominations must be submitted by March 31, 2019. Completed forms can be returned to the Chamber Office or e-mailed to email@example.com.
Market Steers and Dairy Cows to be entered in the 2019 Washington Town & Country Fair will be tagged on Saturday, February 16, 2019, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. A snow date of February 23, 2019 has been set if weather does not permit tagging to take place on February 16. If necessary, cancellation due to weather will be announced on the our 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.
More info available in Exhibitor E-mail.
Applications are now available for the Washington Town & Country Fair Livestock Scholarship. At least 2 - $500.00 college scholarships will be awarded. These scholarships are funded 100% by the exhibitors themselves from a 1% deduction in all Blue Ribbon Auction checks. Applications are available at the Chamber of Commerce office or on our website.
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 must be returned to the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce – 323 W Main Street, Washington MO 63090, or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Sunday, March 31, 2019.