Washington County Fair 2018


Washington County Fair 2018 - A Special Section published by Lillie Suburban Newspapers
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The 147th annual Washington County Fair

Each summer, the Washington County Fair brings community members together for traditional favorites, such as fair food and carnival rides, as well as friendly competition and the opportunity to see something new.

From Aug. 1 to 5, Washington County residents can expect to see their friends and neighbors compete for blue ribbons in a variety of livestock, garden, art and cooking events, which are judged throughout the fair.

This year, there are also plenty of new entertainers to check out, such as a Johnny Cash tribute band, a magician and a “Wizard of Oz”-themed comedy act, and, as in past years, there are a number of thrilling automotive grandstand events throughout the fair. For the full schedule of events see page 10, and for more information, visit www.washingtoncountyfair.org.

Those who are looking for a deal can save money by purchasing season passes early at the fairgrounds. They’ll be sold Monday, July 30, and Tuesday, July 31, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the fair office in Building “B.” They cost $18 for people ages 16 and older, $6 for children ages 6 to 15 and are free for children 5 and younger. Don’t miss your chance — season passes won’t be sold once the fair begins.

When you are at the fairgrounds to pick up your season passes, you might as well take advantage of the deal on carnival rides too. You can purchase 10 rides for $20 on July 30 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the fair office. You can also get the discounted ride tickets Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., but regular gate admission will be charged that day.

Each one of these advance tickets is good for one ride, and you can use them at any time during the fair, but they cannot be used on game booths or concessions.

Gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. daily, Wednesday through Saturday, and close at 8 p.m. on Sunday. Buildings open daily at 10 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and at 8 p.m. on Sunday. 

Just like in previous years, the fairgrounds, located at 12300 N. 40th St. in Lake Elmo, offer free parking.


Opening Day/Senior Citizen Day — Wednesday, Aug. 1

This year, opening day for the fair doubles as Senior Citizen Day, and to recognize seniors, the admission price is $2 for those ages 65 and older if the tickets are purchased before 1 p.m.

Although the first morning of the fair starts bright and early with a number of livestock events, the first unique event of the day begins at 1 p.m. with the Senior Citizen’s Program and Awards. 

During the program, a male and female senior will each be honored for volunteer work done in the community. These seniors will also have the opportunity to compete at the Minnesota State Fair to be named the Minnesota State Outstanding Volunteer.

Bingo will follow the Senior Citizen’s Program and will be held every afternoon throughout the fair.

Also at 1 p.m., Church of Cash, a Johnny Cash tribute band, takes the stage.

“[Church of Cash is] pretty popular in the western edge of Wisconsin and parts of the St. Croix valley,” said  Liz Dietsche, the fair’s entertainment manager.

The traditional Opening Day Parade will begin at 6 p.m. The classic line up of old cars, tractors and floats will cruise the streets of the fairgrounds.

According to Dietsche, lemonade and cookies will be available at the main stage tent for veterans from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. during a Veterans Tribute. Then, at 7:30 p.m., the White Bear Lake Big Band will play military service songs.

“We’ll recognize them for their service, and White Bear Lake Big Band is a great band to have for that and they’re so happy to come out and do that,” Dietsche said.


Family Fun Day — Thursday, Aug. 2

Families visiting the fair on Thursday morning will have their pick of puppet shows to attend. Sonflower Puppets offers an interactive show at 10 a.m., which is sure to get kids singing and laughing along, and Alfy’s World of Robotics Puppets offers a mechanical twist at 11 a.m., with its show of puppets that are all maneuvered via remote control.

At 10:30 a.m. Stillwater Area Early Childhood and Family Education is hosting at the mainstage tent a variety of free activities for children.

“The prizes and stuff down there are free, and it’s just simple games, from a sucker pull to some crafts and things like that,” Dietsche said. “Rain or shine, we usually do it.”

Magnificent Bubbles is another free event that is sure to delight. Join the fun and help fill a tent with bubbles at 11:30 a.m. 

“We just hand out bubbles and we give them all kinds of different bubble options,” Dietsche said. “We’re trying to have free events that are fun.”

Advanced sales on carnival rides will be discontinued, but from Thursday until the end of the fair, you can buy unlimited access to all rides for only $22. The sale begins at noon and ends at 4 p.m. and is suspended Saturday and resumed Sunday.

ZacharyZ is a new musician at the fair this year. He will be performing classic rock at 2 p.m.

Family Fun Day isn’t just for families with young children, but for families with teens too. At 8 p.m. the teen division of the talent show will begin, and at 8:30 p.m. Dance and Entertainment Studios will host a dance just for teenagers.

“We have things like glow sticks and hats and things that are fun novelty items that we give to the teens. They get to keep them, and they dance and have fun with their friends,” Dietsche said. “If they don’t want to hang out with Mom and Dad, it’s a good place to go.”


Friday, Aug. 3

At 11:30 a.m., fairgoers can test their luck in the Heads & Tails Contest, a large group coin flip game.

Then at noon, those who are ready to be amazed should be sure not to miss the Magic of Matt Dunn, a popular show new to the fair this year.

Carnival rides start up at 1 p.m. Unlimited access for all carnival rides will be sold for $22 from 1 to 5 p.m., and with the ride special you will get one raffle ticket for an X-Box drawing, which will take place at 5:15 p.m. To win the X-Box, participants must be present at the time of the drawing.

At 2 p.m., the original puppet characters of Schiffelly Puppets will provide comic relief while teaching life lessons. 

“They’ve won nine times at the regional Emmy Awards for their programs,” Dietsche said.

Another fun activity to add to your fair experience is a helicopter ride around the Stillwater area. Rides, for an additional cost, begin at 3 p.m. and continue until dark.

For those seeking musical entertainment, “Elvis” will take the stage at 3 p.m., but get your seat early because he always packs a full house.

The open division talent show will start at 8 p.m. Tryouts for this year’s show have already been completed, but if you have a talent you would like to share next year, keep an eye on the fair website early in summer 2019.


Saturday, Aug. 4

Encourage your kids to test their strength in the Kiddie Pedal Pull. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., and the actual event wheels off at 10 a.m. 

Area fire departments will have trucks and equipment on display throughout the day and demonstrations will be presented from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Try for your chance to win cash prizes in the Minute to Win It! contest at 11:30 a.m.

Feel a bit of Irish luck with the O’Shea Irish Dancers who begin their jig at 3 p.m. and perform a second time at 5 p.m.

New to the fair this year are The Oz Brothers, who will be performing a “Wizard of Oz”-themed shtick comedy show at 3:30 p.m.

“They’re pretty exciting,” Dietche said. “They dress as the Tin Man and the Scarecrow. At first they are going to roam throughout the fair, and then they’re going to put on their show based on the ‘Wizard of Oz.’”

The South Washington County Community Band will play traditional marching band music at 7 p.m., and at 8:30 p.m. the Rockin’ Hollywoods will have you rockin’ and rollin’ to music from the 1950s to today. 


All-American Day — Sunday, Aug. 5

In past years, the last day of the fair has meant that activities start to wind down, but this year there is plenty to keep busy with right up to the end of the day.

Test your luck for a chance to win prizes in a large Rock, Paper, Scissors Contest, which starts at 11:30 a.m. 

If you haven’t seen the Pig Tails Pig Races yet this year, the first race of the day is at 12:30 p.m., with more races planned throughout the day.

Get swept off your feet by the Autumn Serenade barbershop quartet, which performs at 1 p.m.

Washington County 4-H Arts-In is a show written, organized and performed by area 4-H children. Although there are show times throughout the fair, Sunday is the last chance to see this year’s show. Performances will begin at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Fairgoers will want to dress up and bring their dancing shoes for a chance at one of the new “Best Dressed” trophies that will be handed out Sunday afternoon. The Red Rock Swing Band will begin playing at 3 p.m. and dancers are invited to hit the floor in costume.

“We’re going to feature on Sunday a swing dance and a costume contest, so come dressed in your World War II era dancing clothes!” Dietsche said. “There’s a trophy for the best dressed female and best dressed male.”

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department will be at the fair with its K-9 unit at 3 and 5 p.m. to meet with people and perform some demonstrations.

All buildings close at 8 p.m., although carnival rides will continue running until 9:30 p.m.




Wednesday, August 1 – Opening/Senior Day

8:30 a.m. 4-H Horse Game Show

9 a.m. Rabbit Judging

9:30 a.m. All Poultry in Place

Noon-11 p.m. Bingo

1 p.m. 4-H Demonstrations

1 p.m. Church of Cash

1 p.m. Senior Citizen’s Program/


3 p.m. Eric Thomas

4 p.m. All Livestock in Place Except 

Dairy, Cattle and Goats

6 p.m. Opening Day Parade

7 p.m. Washington County 4-H 

Arts-In Show

7:30 p.m. Veterans Tribute

7:30 p.m. White Bear Lake Big Band

8 p.m. Pre-Teen Division Talent 



Thursday, August 2 – Family Fun Day

8 a.m. Swine Judging

10 a.m. 4-H STEM Day

10 a.m. Sonflower Puppets

10:30 a.m. ECFE Family Day

10:30 a.m. Poultry Judging

11 a.m. Alfy’s World of Robotic 


11:30 a.m. Magnificent Bubbles!

Noon-11 p.m. Bingo

1:30 p.m. Sonflower Puppets and 

Bike Give-Away

2 p.m. Sheep Judging

2 p.m. ZackaryZ

3:30 p.m. ZackaryZ

4:30 p.m. 4-H Market Goat 


6 p.m. Washington County 4-H 

Arts-In Show

6 p.m. Washington County 

Mounted Patrol Demo

6:30 p.m. Sneaky Pete’s Garden 

Tractor Pull

7 p.m. Pick-up SeeSaw Contest

7 p.m. Washington County 4-H 

Arts-In Show

7 p.m. Windy Ridge Equestrian 

Drill Team and JET’s 


8 p.m. Teen Division Talent Show

8:30 p.m. Dance and 

Entertainment Teen Night


Friday, August 3

8 a.m. Dairy Goat Judging

8 a.m. Washington County 

Residents Horse Show

8 a.m. Open Class Judging - Cut 


9 a.m. Beef Judging

9 a.m. 4-H Rabbit Agility 


10 a.m. 4-H Style Review

11 a.m. Alfy’s World of Robotic Puppets

11:30 a.m. Heads & Tails Contest

Noon-11 p.m. Bingo

2 p.m. Pony Pull

2 p.m. Schiffelly Puppets

6 p.m. Washington County 4-H 

Arts-In Show

6:30 p.m. Draft Horse Pull

7 p.m. Riverland Truck Pull & 

Border Line Pulling Series

7 p.m. Washington County 4-H 

Arts-In Show

8 p.m. Tim Sigler

8 p.m. Open Division Talent 



Saturday, August 4

8 a.m. W.S.C.A. Horse Show

9 a.m. 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging

9:30 a.m. Registration for Kiddie 

Pedal Pull

10 a.m. Kiddie Pedal Pull

10 a.m. Princess Kay of the Milky 


10 a.m. Pygmy Goat Judging

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fire Department 


10:30 a.m. 4-H Dog 


11 a.m. Alfy’s World of Robotic 


11 a.m-Dark Helicopter Rides

11:30 a.m. Minute to Win It! 


Noon Autumn Serenade, 

Barbershop Quartet

Noon Open Class Dairy Show

Noon-11 p.m. Bingo

12:30 p.m. Cloverbud Pet Show

1 p.m. Goat Performance Classes

1:30 p.m. Washington County 4-H 

Arts-In Show

2:30 4-H Pet Show Judging

2:30 p.m. Washington County 4-H 

Arts-In Show

3 p.m. O’Shea Irish Dancers

3:30 p.m. The Oz Brothers

5 p.m. O’Shea Irish Dancers

5:30 p.m. 4-H Livestock Auction

6 p.m. Demolition Derby 

7 p.m. English Horse Show

7 p.m. South Washington County 

Community Band

8:30 p.m. Rockin’ Hollywoods


Sunday, August 5 – All American Day

9 a.m.-7 p.m. Llama Exhibition

9 a.m. Llama Judging

9:30 a.m. English Horse Show

10 a.m. Western Heritage

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Helicopter Rides

11:30 a.m. Rock, Paper, Scissors 


Noon 4-H Premier Showmanship 


Noon Washington County Fair 

Tractor Pull

Noon - 8 p.m. Bingo

12:30 p.m. English Horse Show

1 p.m. Autumn Serenade, 

Barbershop Quartet

1:30 p.m. Washington County 4-H 

Arts-In Show

2:30 p.m. Washington County 4-H 

Arts-In Show

3 p.m. Red Rock Swing Band & 

WWII 1940s Era Best 

Costume Contest 

6:30 p.m. 4-H Recognition Program

7 p.m. Livestock Released Except 

Poultry and Rabbits

8 p.m. All Other Exhibits Released


Daily Shows

Ms. Jaz-ee, Balloonologist

Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat. and Sun. 

at 11:30 a.m.

Wed., Thurs. and Fri. 

at 4 p.m.


Wild Things Zoo Attractions

Wed., Thurs., Fri. and Sat. 

at 11 a.m.


The Magic of Matt Dunn

Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat. and Sun. 

at noon




BMX Bike Mega Jump Show

Fri., Sat. and Sun. 

at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Pig Tails Pig Races

Wed., Thurs. and Fri. 

at 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Sat. and Sun 

at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.


Washington County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit

Wed., Thurs., Fri., Sat., and Sun. at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.


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