Last Year's Fair Parade

It’s not officially summer, but the Washington Town and Country Fair is already making plans for its annual parade.

Entries are now being accepted for the parade — one of two pre-Fair events held the weekend before opening day to help build excitement for the five-day festival. The other pre-Fair event is a run/walk.

The 2013 Washington Fair will run Wednesday, Aug. 7, through Sunday, Aug. 11, at the city fairgrounds.

The parade is scheduled to take place Sunday, Aug. 4, at 4 p.m., which is one hour earlier than in the past.

“We’re moving it up to give people more time to get to the after-party at the Main and Elm parking lot,” said Becky Stieffermann, Fair assistant.

The theme for the Fair and parade is “Summer’s Last Blast.”

Another change this year is that parade entry will be limited to the first 100 to register.

“We’re limiting it this year to make it more manageable and not as long,” Stieffermann said.

The parade committee also is seeking volunteers to serve on the committee.

In addition to helping the day of the parade, the committee holds three meetings per year to plan and organize the event.

Interested persons should contact Stieffermann at the Chamber office, 636-239-2715, extension 103, or email for more information.

Stieffermann said the parade route and staging area will remain the same as in 2012.

Applications for entries are available at the Chamber of Commerce at 323 W. Main St. in Downtown Washington or at

People also may request an application by emailing

There is a $50 entry fee for businesses and a $10 entry fee for nonprofit organizations. Floats have an opportunity to be judged, and prizes will be awarded at the after-party.

Applications are due by June 7 to avoid an additional late fee of $10.

Absolutely no entries will be accepted after June 21, Stieffermann noted.