HURRICANE – It is time again for the Washington County Fair, and this year organizers are promising barrels of fun with monkey-themed attractions, a high-flying trampoline act and all the music, food, exhibits and carnival rides fairgoers love.
The fair will open Wednesday and continue through Saturday at the Washington County Regional Park, 5500 W. 700 South in Hurricane.
Each year, fair director Wendy Sandberg travels to various fair conventions looking for great attractions to bring to Washington County and then goes to work to create a theme to delight guests.
This year’s theme is “More Fun Than a Barrel of Monkeys.” Fair attendees will find monkey-themed prizes, collectible monkey mugs and “Wild About Monkeys,” a show featuring the primate stars of the movie “Evan Almighty.”
Sandberg said she tries to keep the fair fresh and fun by bringing in new attractions each year. In addition to the monkeys, this year guests can look forward to some fun new acts.
Some of the new acts include the Aerial Assault Extreme Trampoline Show, Wild about Gorillas, the James Cristy Cole Family Circus and Tank the Tortoise Picks the President.
Aerial Assault Extreme Trampoline Show
- This extreme trampoline show will feature acrobats on a giant trampoline. Performers will entertain with extreme trampoline stunts done on skis and bikes, including aerialists defying gravity as they change costumes in midair.
Wild about Gorillas
- Don’t wake up Samson, the most realistic silverback gorilla you will ever meet, according to press material for the fair. Samson has an attitude and a girlfriend. Yep, you guessed it … Delilah.
James Cristy Cole Family Circus
- The James Cristy Cole Family Circus is a three-ringed trained animal circus. Acts include “Two Kooks and a Camel,” a dog and pony show, Alaskan malamutes, aerial stunts and lots of comedy.
Tank the Tortoise Picks the President
- Not sure who to pick for president this year? Let Tank the Tortoise decide for you. Tank will exercise his psychic political abilities by sleeping either in the Republican den or the Democratic den. Or Tank will choose neither and sleep in the rocks. Guests are invited to pay Tank a visit and get some sound political advice.
Guests to the Washington County Fair will also find all their fair favorites, including live musical acts, contests galore, art and animal exhibits, a parade, a half marathon, carnival rides and the ever-popular demolition derby.
Crafters and artists from throughout the county will have their work on display. These artists are vying for the coveted “Best in Show” title and an opportunity to represent the county at the Utah State Fair, Sandberg said.
This year’s spotlight city is Ivins.
The fair opens Wednesday at 6 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Entrance to the fair is free. Parking, attractions, food and carnival rides vary in price.
A full schedule of the Washington County Fair can be found here.
“We hope everyone will come to this family, community event in celebrating the county and the talent of its residents,” Sandberg said.
- What: Washington County Fair
- When: Aug. 10-13, times vary, see schedule
- Where: Washington County Regional Park, 5500 West 700 South, Hurricane
- Admission: Entrance to the fair is free. Food, activities and vendors vary
- Parking fees: Wednesday-Friday $3 per vehicle; Saturday, $5 per vehicle
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