ST. GEORGE — The Washington County Fair is returning to close out the summer before the school year starts with new attractions and a new layout.
Set to run Aug. 7-10, the fair returns with an emphasis on celebrating Washington County’s heritage in an event that organizers say will have a little something for everyone.
The Washington County Commission gave the reins of the fair to the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce earlier this year and tasked it with revamping the event, fair chairwoman Susi Lafaele said.
Specifically, the commission wanted the fair to focus on celebrating the county’s heritage while also making it more inclusive.
“We really are trying in all our events and everything we’ve done … to make sure that we try to include all groups of people that live here in our county,” Lafaele said.
New events and attractions have been chosen with this goal in mind, including more music.
In celebration of the county’s farming, ranching and general agricultural heritage, Lafaele said there will be a free junior rodeo and barrel-racing event, in addition to other events and contests like sheep shearing, animal showings and others involving 4H participants. There will also be a free, expanded petting zoo.
The carnival, boxing and demolition derby are returning to the fair this year.
As part of the fair revamp, organizers have pushed for more community involvement. Lafaele said this has included a contest asking the public to submit new fair logo designs and seeking people to sing the national anthem at the start of different events.
“We really wanted people to know this was their fair, so they feel like they have a stake in it — feel like they own it,” Lafaele said. “It’s their fair. They can be proud of it.”
Additional volunteer opportunities are available through the fair’s website.
The new layout of the fair will be more centralized, and some events have been moved to different parts of the fairgrounds. Food vendors will be outside near a large, air-conditioned tent that will serve as the main stage of the fair.
With the exception of parking, which will be $5 for an all-day pass, tickets for the fair’s major events are being sold online, which is another first for the fair.
Tickets can be bought through the Washington County Fair’s website.
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