Washington County Fair ‘Lucky 13‘

2012 Washington County Fair, Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 8, 2012 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

HURRICANE –This year’s Washington County Fair extends its appeal to all to come enjoy its “Lucky ’13’“ full fair offering Wednesday through Saturday.

Llama, Washington County Fair, Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 8,  2012 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
Llama, Washington County Fair, Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 8, 2012 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

The preliminaries begin today as contest entries, vendor, exhibit and carnival set up, and judging, are slated through Wednesday, in preparation for the Fair opening to the public Wednesday with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 6 p.m. and Flag Raising at 7 p.m.

So named for the number 13 in year 2013, a number the Fair Board said can bring good luck as well as bad, the theme of luck threads throughout the Fair’s many events and activities. Pick a lucky charm and see if it brings you luck or not. At the end of the fair, staff will have calculated the charm that brought the most luck to all winners. Whether it be a rabbit’s foot, horseshoe, wishbone, penny, shamrock, star or lucky duck, “Lucky ’13“ is this year’s Fair’s promise to bring fun for all.

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2013 Washington County Fair Promo 

Highlights

The town of Springdale is this year’s Spotlight City and the grand marshal is Larry McKown. The Pioneer Award will go to one of Springdale’s favorite couples, Rolly and Frances Johnson, who will be honored at the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. on Aug. 7.

City seed mosaics entered at the Washington County Fair 2012 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
City seed mosaics entered at the Washington County Fair 2012 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

The 2013 Miss Washington County Fair Royalty consists of Queen McCall Spears, First Attendant Kelby Morrison and Second Attendant Danielle Harris. These young ladies received college scholarships of $2,000, $1,000 and $500, respectively.

New attractions this year include the West Texas Rattlesnake Show and Exhibit, located in the middle of the fairgrounds in the old animal education barn. Learn how to deal with snakes if you ever come across one and see how smart they really are. An antidrug message accompanies this show.

American Thunder Motorsports monster trucks will be located on the entrance lawn, giving everyone the opportunity to not only admire, but sit in and even drive these beasts – $5 per person.

This year the Fair is running a charity drive. Donate nonperishable food and household items to the the exhibit building. For each item, you will be given a lucky scratch ticket and a chance to win cash or prizes. The Fair’s goal is to collect 13,000 pounds of items.

Hanging out at the Washington County Fair, Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 8,  2012 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
Hanging out at the Washington County Fair, Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 8, 2012 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

Each day features shows to delight audiences of all ages. Ventriloquist Jim Adams, a 30-year Disneyland veteran known as the “man with a thousand faces and voices,” country band Richochet, comedy and music act lokalgrown will light up the stage.

Traditional events include the demolition derby, boxing, laser light show, parade, commercial booths, small animal livestock shows, carnival, free photo booth pictures, community exhibits and dozens more.

This year’s free movies shown Thursday and Friday at 10 a.m. at Coral Cliffs Cinema 7 in Hurricane will be “It’s a Mad, Mad World” and “Operation Petticoat.”

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Demolition Derby, Washington County Fair 2011, Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 2011 | St. George News file photo

Military Appreciation Day is Thursday, with free parking for all with military ID. To see your special person honored on the Military Wall of Honor (located in the food court), email your photo to kmklein@infowest.com. Thursday will culminate at 10 p.m. with a Military Fireworks Salute to the military and their families.

Traditions and memories are made as family and friends attend the many attractions and events that the Washington County Fair has to offer. There is something for everyone, guaranteed, at the 2013 Washington County Fair. There is nothing that brings a county together like its fair.

There is no cost to enter the fair; parking costs $3 per car. Admission to some events may require an extra fee that can be paid at the gate or online (see resources below). A full schedule can be found here.

Event recap and resources

  • What: 2013 Washington County Fair
  • When: Aug. 3-7 (entrants, set up, judging, more), Aug. 7-10 (fair open – see schedule)
  • Where: Washington County Fairgrounds, Hurricane /  I-15 to Exit 16 SR-9, 3 miles to the Fairgrounds on the right across from Quail Creek Reservoir. Look for the flags.
  • Schedule of Events webpage  includes entry, set-up and judging scheduled in advance of the Fair’s opening Wednesday night, as well as full Fair Schedule of events.
  • Online advance ticket purchases for:   Figure 8 Race & Pre-Derby – $5 (Thursday); Ricochet and lokalgrown – $10 (Friday); and Demolition Derby  – $10 (Saturday). Children, 5 and under are $3 for these events.
  • Carnival  Wednesday 6-10 p.m.. Thursday-Saturday 4-11 p.m. / One ticket per ride, $1.50, 10 tickets for $12, 20 tickets for $20, unlimited rides wristband $25. / Family night is Wednesday – one ticket per ride, unlimited ride wristbands $20.
  • Washington County Fair contacts: 435-652-5899 or comments@washcofair.net
  • Washington County Fair Facebook – contests, giveaways, updates

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2012 Washington County Fair, Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 8, 2012 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News
2012 Washington County Fair, Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 8, 2012 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

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