Fair Midway at Night

More entertainment acts have been announced for the Washington Town & Country Fair in August.

Up and coming country music singer/songwriter Walker Hayes, whose popular single “You Broke Up With Me” has dominated country radio, will perform Thursday, Aug. 2, on the Main Stage.

“Walker Hayes has an interesting story and has been in Nashville a long time, but now he’s really breaking out, so we’re getting him at a great time,” said Amanda Griesheimer, marketing director for the Fair and Chamber.

Still to be announced is the Saturday Main Stage show.

“We hope to be able to do that very soon, possibly next week,” Griesheimer said.

In a break from tradition, the Fair Board is announcing its entertainment earlier than usual.

The Fair typically unveils the full Main Stage lineup at the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce banquet in March, along with a video showcasing all of the bands and some of the special exhibits. The Fair is a division of the Chamber.

Griesheimer said the Fair Board decided early promotion would build excitement and hopefully ticket sales. A video of performers will still be shown at the banquet.

Canines in the Clouds

The chairman’s event for the Fair, which is showcased all five days on the fairgrounds, also has been announced. Canines in the Clouds, billed as the ultimate stunt sport and trick dog show, will make a return appearance.

“We’re excited to have them back,” said Griesheimer. “They were here in 2015 and people loved them. There’s a lot of crowd involvement and they even have some new tricks to show off.”

The show features shelter and rescue dogs who perform high-flying tricks and acrobatics.

“The best part is it’s a show all ages will enjoy,” Griesheimer said. “It’s also a show people will stop and watch more than once.”

Other Acts

The Fair Board has already announced the Wednesday, Friday and Sunday Main Stage shows.

Opening night of the Fair will be Christian singer/songwriter Josh Wilson, who will perform immediately following the queen contest Wednesday, Aug. 1.

It will be a Red Dirt triple feature on Friday night, Aug. 3, with three acts taking the stage — Chris Knight, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, and The Turnpike Troubadours.

Country band Sawyer Brown, described as “the Rolling Stones of Country Music,” will close out the Main Stage lineup Sunday night, Aug. 5.

Daily tickets for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday are on sale now at washmofair.com.

Season passes will be available after all five nights of entertainment have been announced.

The Fair will open Wednesday, Aug. 1, and run through Sunday, Aug. 5, at the city fairgrounds. This year’s theme is “Your Bridge to Fun” as a nod to the new Highway 47 bridge under construction.