The Washington County Fair is back for its 143rd run and it’s better than ever


Freshly groomed, the cattle are led in the beef judging arena during the Washington County Fair. All kinds of livestock – goats, pigs, hens, rabbits and more will be on exhibit or being judged. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

The Washington County Residents Horse Show features Intermediate Western Horsemanship, Senior Western Pleasure, and more. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Carnival rides are just part of the fun at the Washington County Fair. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

Purchasing the”Carnival Special” during certain hours allows fairgoers to go on as many ride as they like for $22. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

It’s the peak of summer and the countdown to one of the area’s most highly anticipated annual events is nearly up. The 2014 Washington County Fair is back for its 143rd year and promises to be bigger and better than ever. The fair kicks off Wednesday, July 30, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Washington County Fairgrounds.
There will be fun-filled festivities at every turn from carnival rides, games and mouthwatering foods to free live music, talent shows and a plethora of exhibits. Fairgoers can expect the return of many favorite attractions, along with some new additions like the Monster Truck Summer Smash and ATV Big Air Tour.
Daily admission to the fair is $7 for ages 16 and up, $4 for ages 6 to 15 and free for kids under age 5. Season passes can be purchased in advance at the Fair Office in Building B on Monday, July 28, and Tuesday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Season passes are $18 for adults age 16 and up, $6 for kids ages 6 to 15 and free for children ages 5 and under. Season passes will not be sold once the fair begins.
The Washington County Fairgrounds are located at 12300 N. 40th St. in Lake Elmo. Gates open at 7 a.m. and exhibit buildings are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. As always, parking at the fair is free.

Opening Day -- Wednesday, July 30
Early risers who storm the gates on opening day won’t want to miss the 4-H Horse Show at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Many unique and beautiful breeds from around the region will be on display.
Opening day is also a good day to save on rides. Advance carnival ride discount rates of five rides for $10 will be sold from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fair Office in Building B.
Kids will definitely want to visit top “balloonologist” Ms. Jaz-ee who is back by popular demand. Come see how she can transform a balloon into almost anything--from a wacky hat or flower bouquet to a monkey in a banana tree. You can visit Ms. Jaz-ee at 11:30 a.m. and again from 4 to 6 p.m.
Also back for another run is the Washington County K9 show. Watch these highly trained dogs show off their agility and obedience skills with their handlers starting at 5 p.m.
Immediately after the K9 show, fairgoers grab a funnel cake or another favorite confection and settle in for the Opening Day Parade at 6 p.m.  

Family Fun Day -- Thursday, July 31
Day two at the fair is all about family fun, with Family Fun Day activites from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Watch the kids’ faces light up to the magic and comedy of Brian Richards at 10 a.m. and again at 1:45 p.m.
ECFE District 834 Family Fun Day activities run from 10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., and the Carnival opens at noon.
The Carnival Special also begins at noon--fairgoers of all ages can pay one price and go on as many rides as they like for $22 until 5 p.m. (The sale ends at 4 p.m.)
The Washington County Mounted Patrol will put on a demo at 6 p.m. prior to the Sneaky Pete’s Garden Tractor Pull at 6:30 p.m.
Make sure to check out either the Washington County 4-H Arts-In Show or the Windy Ridge Equestrian Drill Team and JET’s Exhibition at 7 p.m. and the Teen Division Talent Show at 8.
Teens will also dig kicking back with their friends at 8:30 p.m. for Dance & Entertainment Teen Night.

Senior Citizens’ Day -- Friday, Aug. 1
Seniors age 65 and over can enjoy free admission to the fair Friday until 1 p.m. and will be recognized at the Seniors Program. The program begins at 1 p.m. and includes an awards ceremony and old-fashioned bingo.
Fairgoers of all ages can enjoy another Carnival Special, where unlimited carnival rides can be purchased for $22 (price includes 1 ticket for an X-box Drawing). The Carnival Special runs from 1 to 5 p.m.
Day three at the fair will also inlude a Master Gardeners show from 1 to 1:30 p.m. where practitioners will provide a demo on the ancient Japanese art of Bonsai.
Swinetime pig races will amuse attendees at 2 p.m. and again at 5 and 6:30 p.m. and an Elvis impersonator will entertain the crowd during the Elvis Tribute Show at 8 p.m.
New to the fair this year is the Monster Trucks Summer Smash show featuring notables like “Heartbreaker,” “Thunder 4X4,” and “Incinerator.” The awe-inspiring show presented by Midwest Monstor Motorsports starts at 7 p.m. and will include quad racing. Tickets are $10 for adults (ages 11 and over) and $6 for kids 10 and under.

Fire Safety Day -- Saturday, Aug. 2
Day four at the fair opens bright and early with the W.S.C.A. Horse Show and continues the animal theme with pygmy goat judging at 8:30 a.m. and 4-H cattle judging at 9 a.m.
Local fire departments will be putting on demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Arts and Crafts demonstrations will take place from 10 a.m. to close.
Alfy’s World of Robotics at 11 a.m. is sure to bring a smile to the young ones’ faces as will the ever-popular Kids Power Pedal Pull at 10.
Dancing will be prevalent throughout the day, with the Green Fire Irish Dancers at 3 and 5 p.m., and the Zorongo Flamenco Dancers at 1 and 3:30 p.m.
The day’s most popular event gears up at 6 p.m. with the start of the demolition derby. Admission to the derby is $12 for adults (ages 11 and older) and $6 for kids 10 and under. Tickets will be sold at the Fair Office in Building B on Saturday starting at 3 p.m.
Cap off your Saturday night at the fair with The Rockin’ Hollywoods, who will play classic hits from the 1950s to today. The show is free and fun for the whole family.

All American Day -- Sunday, Aug. 3
Closing day at the fair in past years has seen excitement and activities wane off a bit, but not this year. Fairgoers can expect a full day of fun-filled activities from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  
Check out the pride of the Andes with the Llama Exhibition from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the pride of Europe with an English horse show at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Enjoy arts and crafts demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and carnival rides all day long.
The Washington County Fair Tractor Pull will excite audiences at noon and America’s favorite pastime will be celebrated with a vintage baseball game at 1 p.m.
The Washington County 4-H Arts-In Show kicks off at 2:30 and the track heats up with a quad and motocross freestyle show at 3:30
The final Carnival Special runs from 5 p.m. until the fair ends for another year at 9, when unlimited rides can be purchased for $22.
 


2014 Schedule of Events Brought to you by: Apollo Heating & Air

Wednesday, July 30
Opening Day

8:30 AM 4-H Horse Show
9 AM-2 PM    Advance “Carnival Ride” Discount tickets
for sale at Fair Office located in Building “B” - 5 Rides for $10.00
9:00 Rabbits Judging
9:30 All Poultry in Place
11:30 - 3:00 Ms. Jaz-ee - Balloonologist
1:30 The Eric Thomas Band
2:00 Carnival Opens - Reduced Prices
2:00 Swinetime Pig Races
3:00 The Eric Thomas Band
3:00 Washington County K-9 Unit
3:30 Swinetime Pig Races
4:00 All Livestock in Place except Dairy Cattle & Goats
4:00 - 6:00    Ms. Jaz-ee - Balloonologist
5:00 Swinetime Pig Races
5:00 Washington County K-9 Unit
6:00 Opening Day Parade
6:30 Swinetime Pig Races
7:00 Washington County 4-H Arts-In Show
7:00 Pick-Up See-Saw Contest
7:30 Brio Brass
8:00 Pre-Teen Division Talent Show
8:00 Swinetime Pig Races

Thursday, July 31
Family Fun Day

8:00 AM Swine Judging
10:00 - 2:00 Family Fun Day Activities
10:00 The Magic of Brian Richards
10:30 Poultry Judging
10:45 - 1:45 ECFE District 834 Family Fun Day ~ Games & Projects
11:00 Animal Talks
11:00 Dairy Cattle and Goats in Place
11:00 - 2:00 Master Gardeners Demo - Plant Disease and Insect Clinic
11:30 Ms Jaz-ee - Balloonologist
Noon Carnival Opens
Noon - 5:00 Carnival Special, Pay One Price - All Rides / All Ages $22.00
(Sale ends at 4 PM)
Noon Theatre of Fools
Noon - 5:00 Master Gardeners - Kids Booth and Tree Care
1:00 Washington County Mounted Patrol Demo
Thursday, July 31 cont.
1:45 The Magic of Brian Richards
2:00 Swinetime Pig Races
2:30 Family Fun Day-Bike Drawing (must be present to win)
3:00 Sheep Judging
3:00 Washington County K-9 Unit
3:30 Little Thunderbirds
3:30 Swinetime Pig Races
4:00 Ms Jaz-ee - Balloonologist
4:30 Little Thunderbirds
5:00 Swinetime Pig Races
5:00 Washington County K-9 Unit
6:00 Washington County 4-H Arts-In Show
6:00 Washington County Mounted Patrol Demo
6:30 Sneaky Pete’s Garden Tractor Pull
6:30 Swinetime Pig Races
7:00 Western Wisconsin Truck Pullers ~ Admission Charged
7:00 Washington County 4-H Arts-In Show
7:00 Windy Ridge Equestrian Drill Team & JET’s Exhibition
8:00 Swinetime Pig Races
8:00 Teen Division Talent Show
8:30 Dance & Entertainment Teen Night

Friday, August 1
Senior Citizen’s Day

Seniors 65 & Over - FREE Admission until 1 PM
8:00AM Dairy Goat Judging
8:00 Washington County Residents Horse Show
8:00 Open Class Judging - Cut Flowers
9:00 Beef Judging
10:00 4-H Rabbit Agility Judging
10 - Close    Arts/Crafts Demonstrations
11:00 Animal Talks
11:00 Ms. Jaz-ee - Balloonologist
11:00 - 11:30 Master Gardeners - Bonsai Demonstration
11:00 - 11:30 Master Gardeners - Lawn Care
Noon Theatre of Fools
Noon - 1:00 Master Gardeners - Proper Pruning
1:00 PM Carnival Opens
1:00 - 5:00    Carnival Special - Pay One Price - All Rides / All Ages $22.00    
(includes 1 ticket for X-Box Drawing)
1:00 Sr. Citizens Program/Awards/Bingo
Friday, August 1 CONT.
1:00 - 1:30    Master Gardeners - Bonsai Demonstration
2:00 Everett Smithson
2:00 Pony Pull
2:00 Swinetime Pig Races
2:00 - 3:00 Master Gardeners Demo - Composting
3:00 A Taste of Elvis
3:00 Washington County K-9 Unit
3:00-  4:00 Master Gardeners Demo - Attracting Pollinators
3:30 Swinetime Pig Races
4:00 Everett Smithson
4:00 -6:00    Ms. Jaz-ee - Balloonologist
5:00 Washington County K-9 Unit
5:00 Swinetime Pig Races
5:15 Carnival Drawing (must be present to win)
6:00 Washington County 4-H Arts-In Show
6:30 Draft Horse Pull
6:30 Swinetime Pig Races
7:00 Monster Trucks ~ Admission charged
7:00 Lumberjack Show
7:00 Washington County 4-H Arts-In Show
8:00 Elvis Tribute Show
8:00 Open Division Talent Show
8:00 Swinetime Pig Races

Saturday, August 2
Fire Safety Day

8:00 AM W.S.C.A. Horse Show
8:30 Pygmy Goat Judging
9:00 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging
10:00 Kid Power Pedal Pull
10 - 4:00 Fire Department Demonstrations
10 - Close  Arts/Crafts Demonstrations
10:30 4-H Dog Demonstrations
11:00 Alfy’s World of Robotic Puppets
11:00 Animal Talks
11:00 Carnival Opens
11:00 Ms. Jaz-ee - Balloonologist
Noon Autumn Serenade - Barbershop Quartet
Noon Open Class Dairy Show
Noon Theatre of Fools
Noon Cloverbud 4-H Pet Show
Noon - 3:00 Master Gardeners Demo - Plant Disease and Insect Clinic Saturday, August 2 CONT.
Noon - 5:00 Master Gardeners - Kids Booth and Tree Care
12:30 Swinetime Pig Races
1:00 Goat Performance Classes
1:00 Zorongo Flamenco, Flamenco Dancing
1:00 - 4:00 Master Gardeners - Monarch Information
1:00 - 5:00 Master Gardeners Demo - Buckthorn Control
1:30 Washington County 4-H Arts-In Show
2:00 Swinetime Pig Races
2:30 4-H Pet and Cat Show
2:30 Washington County 4-H Arts-In Show
3:00 Washington County K-9 Unit
3:00 Green Fire Irish Dancers
3:30 Swinetime Pig Races
3:30  Zorongo Flamenco, Flamenco Dancing
5:00 Green Fire Irish Dancers
5:00 Swinetime Pig Races
5:00 Washington County K-9 Unit
5:30 4-H Livestock Auction
6:00 Demolition Derby - Grandstand admission charged
for Demolition Derby
Adults (11 yrs and older) $12
Youth (10 yrs and under) $6
Demolition Derby Tickets sold Saturday at:
Fair Office (Building B) 10 AM - 3 PM
Demo Derby Ticket Booth opens at 3 PM
6:30 Swinetime Pig Races
7:00 English Horse Show
7:00 South Washington County Community Band
8:00 Swinetime Pig Races
8:30 Rockin’ Hollywoods ~ 60’s, 70’s, 80’s Music for the whole family

Sunday, August 3
All American Day!

9:00 - 7:00    Llama Exhibition
9:30 English Horse Show
10:00 - 7:00 Arts/Crafts Demonstrations
10:00 Western Heritage
10:30 Llama Judging
11:00 Alfy’s World of Robotic Puppets
11:30 Ms Jaz-ee - Balloonologist
Noon Theatre of Fools Noon Carnival Opens
Noon Washington County Fair Tractor Pull
Sunday, August 3 Cont.
Noon 4-H Premier Showmanship Contest
Noon - 5:00 Master Gardeners - Kids Booth and Tree CAre
12:30 Swinetime Pig Races
1:00 Autumn Serenade ~ Barbershop Quartet
1:00 River City Cloggeers
1:00 Vintage Baseball Game
1:00 English Horse Show
1:00 - 5:00 Master Gardeners Demo - Buckthorn Control
1:30 Washington County 4-H Arts-In Show
2:00 River City Cloggeers
2:00 Swinetime Pig Races
2:30 Washington County 4-H Arts-In Show
3:00 Washington County K-9 Unit
3:30 Brian Wicklund & The Fiddlepals
3:30 - 5:30 Brio Brass
3:30 Quad Freestyle Motocross
3:30 Swinetime Pig Races
5:00 - 9:00    Carnival Special - Unlimited Rides
All Rides / All Ages $22.00 (sale ends at 8 PM)
5:00 Washington County K-9 Unit
5:00 Swinetime Pig Races
6:30 4-H Awards Program
7:00 Livestock Released (Except Poultry & Rabbits)
8:00 All Other Exhibits Released

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