74th Anniversary – Washington County Fair 2022 Wed. through sat., Aug. 3rd-6th

July 22, 2022

Members of the Washington County Fair Association and Potosi Lions Club, the University Extension Council and 4H/FFA Clubs have been working hard on the County Fairgrounds on Rt. 185 at the West edge of town in readiness for opening of the 74th Anniversary Annual Washington County Fair which is set for Wednesday, August 3rd and continue nightly through Saturday, August 6th as always during the first full week of August.

The 74th Anniversary Fair Week includes several activities:

Wed., Aug. 3rd- Potosi Lions Club Talent Show open to Washington and surrounding counties.

Thurs., August 4th- 4H/FFA Cattle Show and Sale- A chance to support area youth as they learn ‘hands on’ about agriculture and business in Missouri.

As usual a number of improvements have been made for County Fair 2022 and entertainment opportunities expanded where possible- Yes, again this year the County Fair promises to be a spectacular event you’ll remember.

The Fair will again feature the Unlimited Ride Wrist Bands which will sell for $20 each night and be good from 5 to 11 P.M. (Kiddies Day $10, 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.) Price does not include General Admission to the Fairgrounds.

Indoor and outdoor booths are again set to fill the fairgrounds for the 74th County Fair.

Washington County Fair Association Officers for 2022 are Randy Fryman, President; John Higginbotham, Secretary; Mike Heflin, Treasurer; and Dr. Paul Villmer, Asst. Treasurer.

The major entertainment attraction of the Summer season, the 2022 County Fair is set to get underway for its four night stand on Wednesday evening, August 3rd at Potosi Lions Club Fairgrounds on Route 185 at the West edge of town and run consecutively Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 4th, 5th and 6th.

The Fair is being co-sponsored by: GOLD- Belgrade State Bank, Dickey Bub Farm & Home, Franklin Auto Sales, Great Mines Health Center, LaRue Spring Water, Pettus Automotive Group, Pharmax Pharmacy, Potosi Lions Club, Twin Eagle Lake Resort, The Independent-Journal and Unico Bank; SILVER - First State Community Bank, Larry Heisel Rentals, Ozarks Federal Savings & Loan and Yondoo Broadband; BRONZE - Bauman Oil, Big River Broadband, Boyer Lumber Home & Hardware, Dairy Queen, Edward Jones/Angie Momot, Elliott Motor Company, Harps, Jarvis Heating & Cooling, JayCee Dental, Jerry West Memorial Fund, Moore Funeral Homes, Potosi Save-A-Lot, Sinclair Florist, Sonic Drive-In and Southpaw Grafix.

Fair Board President Randy Fryman emphasized that the County Fair again offers entertainment for people of all ages with educational and commercial booths galore, exhibits, livestock, games, concessions, talent show, 4H/FFA steer & livestock auction, music, shows, kiddies day and even more.

Rides and midway are again being provided by PBJ Happee Days Shows. This year numerous mechanical rides will be on the grounds.

AgLand will be in the Exhibit Hall of the Fairgrounds, hosting a number of displays and interactive games and activities for youth.

The always popular Potosi Lions Club sponsored Talent Show is again on the County Fair program. It will provide opening night entertainment Wednesday, August 3rd. $625 in prize money is being offered and the show for 2022 will be in five divisions- Prizes are to be $75 First, $30 Second and $20 Third in each division of competition.

Thursday, August 4th, the schedule will again feature livestock judging; 4-H Steer Show and Livestock, etc. Sale.

Friday night, August 5th, the County Fair entertainment will feature music shows by Medallion at 7 p.m. and then Missouri on the Twin Eagle Stage at 9 p.m.

Saturday, August 6th will feature Kiddies Day, and evening music shows by Bobby DeGonia at 7 P.M. and Jarrod Turner at 9 P.M.

Wed., August 3rd

The Swine, Lamb and Goat Judging will get underway Wednesday at 8 A.M. and the Rabbit and Poultry Judging will be at 4 P.M. in the Barn.

The ever-popular Potosi Lions Club Talent Show will be the featured program on the opening night of County Fair 2022 on Wednesday, August 3rd starting at 7 P.M. Wednesday night admission is set at $7. A Season Pass is available for $24 at all area banks (until Aug. 1st).

Some $625 in prize money is being offered in five classes of competition. Prizes include $75 First, $30 Second, $20 Third in each division.

The event is open to entries from Washington and adjoining Counties.

To enter or for more information individuals are to contact Xanthia McCaul at 573/436-8051. Deadline is 5 P.M. Friday, July 29th. You may email to washcomofair@gmail.com.

The line-up for the five Divisions in the Talent Show will include Division 1- Dance- all ages; Division 2 - Singing Youth; Division 3: Singing Adult; Division 4: Instruments and Division 5: Hobbies.

Contestants must be non-professional; Contestants may enter only once; Each act is limited to five minutes and  contestant is to provide their own music recording.

Thursday, August 4th

Feed & Farm Night

Thursday’s activities at the fair will lead off with livestock judging, Beef Show at 8 A.M. Thursday, August 4th. The annual 4H/FFA Steer Show. The 4H/FFA Livestock Auction will get underway at 6:30 P.M. Thursday. Open bidding for 4H/FFA Steers, Market Hogs, Lambs, Goats, Chickens, Other Poultry, Cured Meat, etc.

Thursday night admission will be $7. Season Passes are available for $24 until Saturday, July 30th.

Friday, August 5th

Washington County Fair Association President Randy Fryman has announced that music on the Twin Eagle Stage will feature local rock’n roll favorite ‘Medallion’ at 7 p.m. and rock’n roll music’s Missouri.

This year the annual Fair is themed “Summer Nights & Midway Lights” and Friday’s admission is $10.

‘Kiddies Day’

Saturday, Aug. 6th

The traditional County Fair Kiddies Day will be Saturday, August 6th. Unlimited ride wrist bands will be $10 each 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. and Admission is Free to the Fairgrounds.

Numerous attendance prizes donated by area businesses and individuals will be awarded at the close of the afternoon.

Food and refreshment stands and some booths will be open.

Saturday, August 6th

Fair Board President Randy Fryman has announced Saturday night, Aug. 6th the Music Show set for 7 P.M. features Bobby DeGonia of Joplin, Missouri as the opener for Jarrod Turner at 9 P.M.

Free Parking

There will not be any charge for parking of autos again this year at the Fair. General Admission Fee will be $7 on Wednesday and Thursday nights and $10 Friday and Saturday. A Season Pass may be purchased for $24 from Belgrade State Bank, First State Community Bank, Ozarks Federal Savings & Loan, Unico Bank and The Independent-Journal until Sat., July 30th or for $28 Aug. 1st through opening night at the parking lot gate.

Children 9 years of age and under will be admitted free.


A variety of cash premiums are being offered in Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Goats, Sheep, Swine, 4-H Clubs, Home Economics, Floriculture, Agriculture and Horticulture Products Divisions, etc. Premiums will be paid in cash Saturday night or Monday evening as display items are picked up.

Enter Tuesday

Items being entered for premium judging are to be received Tuesday afternoon, August 2nd, 3 to 7 P.M. (Livestock Wednesday, August 3rd by 8 A.M.) Items may be picked up after 11 P.M. Saturday, August 6th with the assistance of attendant or 6 to 7 P.M. Monday evening, August 8th. (Not responsible for items left after that time.)

BE THERE!!- Enjoy a variety of family fun - The 74th Annual Washington County Fair, one of the area’s longest running late Summer Spectaculars themed “Summer Nights & Midway Lights” for 2022.