The 2013 Washington Town and Country Fair was a record-breaker. Ideal weather had much to do with it and that points to its importance every August when the five-day event is held.
But there were other factors in the Fair’s success. It’s a well organized event. The leadership on the Fair Board is very competent — the members know how to run a Fair — and with the skillful aid of volunteers, and other organizations, it runs like clockwork. The city and its departments pitch in and handle many of the necessary elements in the operation. Then there is the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce, the Fair sponsor, which assists in the administration and other tasks.
To be successful, the Fair must offer entertainment, contests, exhibits and many other activities that have appeal. The Fair Board knows from experience what the people enjoy and want.
A report on the 2013 Fair was given last week at the annual business meeting of the Chamber. The 2014 Fair chairman, Paul Brune, gave the report for the 2013 chairman, Al Behr, who was out of town. Total revenue for the 2013 event was $2,148,616. It was the first time total revenue went over $2 million. The profit, $364,386, also established a new record.
The overall economic impact of $1.4 million set a record. It was the 10th consecutive year that the total economic impact topped the $1 million mark. It was up $283,546 compared to the 2012 event.
The success of the Fair isn’t just measured by the numbers and profit it generates. The Fair brings the community together in what has become the largest event each year in the Washington area. The Fair generates joy, especially for children, fellowship, wholesome entertainment, spirited contests, unites the rural area with the urbanites, conducts an outstanding livestock auction, presents the opportunity for commercial exhibits, and so on and on.
Another result of the Fair is the memories it produces. The youngsters, the teens and the adults who attend, many of them for all their lives, recall the fond happenings of their experiences at the event.
We join other residents of the Washington area in extending our congratulations to the Fair Board, volunteers and to the thousands of fair goers. You made it happen!