No one is complaining — at least we haven’t heard any — about the amount of space The Missourian gives to the annual Washington Fair before, during and after the event.

So, no apology is necessary, but a brief explanation on our part might be in order. The Fair deserves the attention it receives. It is the largest event in Washington each year. It brings thousands of people to Washington. The volunteers who assist the Fair Board number in the hundreds. The economic impact it has on the area is tremendous. The Fair auction results in hundreds of thousands of dollars for young exhibitors. Other contests result in premiums paid.

The economic spinoffs from the Fair are substantial. There is no other single event each year that compares in size, participation and overall positive influence on the community as the Fair.

The Fair has grown over the years to be a draw from a wide area. The Washington Fair has an excellent reputation statewide and among the “big name” entertainers who perform here.

While a Fair Board conducts the event, the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce is the sponsor.

It is the single biggest news event of the year in Washington. That’s why it is given the coverage it receives. The Fair is a big deal!