Come To The 2018 Washington Town and Country Fair!

Washington Town and Country Fair 2018Come to Washington, MO and celebrate at the 89th annual Washington Town and Country Fair, August 1st through the 5th, 2018!

The annual Washington Town and Country Fair is the second largest fair in Missouri. It's also considered to be one of the very best. This year's fair is no exception. There will be 9 concerts on the Pepsi Main Stage and 5 nights of intense excitement in the Radio Comm Motorsports Arena.

Washington Town and Country Fair features many of the classic, country fair attractions. There's a Fair Parade, Livestock Shows, Pie Eating Contests, and the crowning of the Fair Queen. The fair also includes a host of more modern exhibitions. Chainsaw Carving, Stadium Motocross, and a Farm Mechanics show.

It wouldn't be a fair without contests. The Washington Town and Country Fair features over 25 different ones! Come compete in - or just spectate at - the Pig Chase, the Turtle Race, Hot Wing Eating, Edible Bug Making Contest, and many others. It's contests galore!

This year's artists on the Pepsi Main Stage include Josh Wilson, Walker Hayes, Chris Knight, Jason Boland & the Stragglers, Whiskey Myers, Jake Owen, and Sawyer Brown! The Entertainment Tent won't be exactly dull, either, with the Texas Giants, Catfish Willie, Whiskey Dixon, ​Schmitts & Grins, and many others taking the stage.

Other attractions at the 2018 Washington Town and Country Fair include:

  • 23rd Annual Run-Walk - 5k and 10k, Kids' 200 Yard Dash, and the new Relay 'Round the Lake for teams of 3.
  • Canines in the Clouds Stunt Show
  • Glass Blowing Demonstrations
  • Agriland - interactive displays, games, a petting zoo, and contests
  • Bull & Bronc Riding
  • Freestyle American Bullfighting
  • Truck and Tractor Pulls
  • Livestock Auction
  • 4th Annual Wing-Ding
  • 6th Annual Brewfest
  • Family Fun Center - games, arts & crafts, and other interactive fun
  • Much, much more!

​2018 Washington Town and Country Fair

Visit the fair online at www.washmofair.com or follow it on Facebook.
The fair is held at the Washington City Park Fairgrounds off of Grand Avenue at 1261 Veterans Drive. You'll want to use 201 Grand Avenue, Washington, MO 63090 for your GPS, however.

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Experience Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival 2018

Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival 2018Come experience the 2018 Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival! This 4-day musical celebration of the famed Ragtime composer includes both free and paid concerts, symposiums, and special events. The festival is scheduled for May 30th through June 2nd, 2018 in downtown Sedalia, Missouri.

Ragtime enthusiasts likely already know that Scott Joplin wrote his most famous composition - The Maple Leaf Rag - in Sedalia. Consequently, there could hardly be a more appropriate venue for the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival.

The annual festival brings fans and performers to Sedalia from around the globe and this year is bound to be no exception. Music is the main focus, with a variety of free and ticketed concerts in and out of doors all festival-long. Internationally renowned musicians Richard Dowling, Bill Edwards, Jeff Barnhart, Evan Arntzen, Danny Coots, Marty Eggers, Matt Tolentino, Steve Pikal, Virginia Techenor, The Rhythmia, and many others are scheduled to perform.

Live concerts will celebrate music from the “Cradle of Ragtime," the Missouri Valley. Beyond Joplin, the festival will also highlight the works of James Scott, Brun Campbell, Charles Johnson, John William “Blind” Boone, and others.

There will be free concerts at both Gazebo Park and Stark Pavillion throughout the day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. After Hours at the Best Western will see professional and amateur musicians getting together to share music and laughs.

The Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival is more than performances, however. Special events include a parade, a “Toast to Ragtime” bus tour, a series of Symposia, ‘live’ silent films, a Japanese Tea Ceremony, pub crawl, and tons more!

2018 Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival Event Schedule

-May 30th-
Ragtime Art Exhibit at Liberty Center – Scott Kirby - TBA
Spotlight Concert with Martin Spitznagel at Liberty Center  - 7:30pm
After Hours at the Best Western - 10pm – 1am

-May 31st-
Ragtime Art Exhibit at Liberty Center – Scott Kirby - TBA
Performances at Gazebo Park - 9am to 3pm
Procession from Maple Leaf Park To Stark Pavilion - 9:30 am
Opening Ceremony & Performances at Stark Pavilion - 10am to 5pm
Ragtime University - TBA
Symposia at Liberty Center: Ragtime 101 - 9am
Symposia at Liberty Center: Ragtime 102 ‐ 10am
Symposia at Liberty Center: Ragtime 103 ‐ 11am
Dance Lessons/Practice at Fox Theater - 1pm to 5pm
Cradle of Ragtime at Liberty Center - 2pm to 3:30pm
Donor Party (private) - 5pm – 6:30pm
Transitions in American Music: Thomas “Fats” Waller - 7pm to 9pm
After Hours at the Best Western - 10pm – 1am

-June 1st-
Ragtime Art Exhibit at Liberty Center – Scott Kirby - TBA
Performances at Gazebo Park - 9am to 3pm
Performances at Maple Leaf Park - 10am to 5pm
Symposia at Liberty Center: Scott Joplin Mysteries - 9am
Symposia at Liberty Center: Real Ragtime Stories - 10am
Symposia at Liberty Center: Ragtime Without Borders - 11am
A Toast To Ragtime Tour - 12:30pm to 2pm
Dance Lessons/Practice at Fox Theater - 12pm to 2pm
Ragtime Revelations - 2pm to 3:30pm
The Ragtime Dance at Cakewalk Hall - 4pm
Easy Winners: 176 Keys of Fury! - 7pm to 9 pm
Ragtime Ramble Pub Crawl in Downtown Sedalia - 9pm to Midnight

-June 2nd-
Ragtime Art Exhibit at Liberty Center – Scott Kirby - TBA
Ragtime Era Fashion Contest - 8:30am Registration; 9am start
Performances at Gazebo Park - 9am to 3pm
Performances at Maple Leaf Park - 10am to 5pm
Symposia at Liberty Center: Main Street Souvenirs ‐ 9am
Symposia at Liberty Center: Legends of Ragtime Panel - 10:30am
Japanese Tea Ceremony at the Fox Theater - 11am to noon
A Toast To Ragtime Tour - 12:30pm to 2pm
The Legacy of Scott Joplin - 2pm to 3:30pm
The Ragtime Music Hall - 7pm to 9:30pm
After Hours at the Best Western - 10pm – 1am

Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival

May 30 - June 2, 2018, downtown Sedalia, MO
Visit www.scottjoplin.org for tickets, direction, and more information.

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Discover Central Missouri's Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Castle ruins at Ha Ha Tonka State ParkHa Ha Tonka State Park is a public recreation area in Central Missouri, five miles south of Camdenton on the Niangua arm of the Lake of the Ozarks. The park features trails, caves, sinkholes, a spring ... and a the ruins of a massive, abandoned stone mansion.

Ha Ha Tonka State Park is one of Missouri's many must-visit attractions. Its winning combination of intriguing history, outstanding geologic features, lake, and trails make it the perfect park for anyone and everyone!

The park is a geological wonderland of sinkholes, caves, sheer bluffs, and a huge, natural stone bridge. 70-acres of the park were designated as the Ha Ha Tonka Karst Natural Area in 1981.

Ha Ha Tonka Park is also home to Missouri’s 12th largest spring. Many believe this is the source of the park's odd name. “Ha Ha Tonka,” is supposedly the Osage phrase for “Laughing Spirit." Many think this is in reference to the park's gushing springs.

The natural spring and fascinating geology are not Ha Ha Tonka State Park's biggest claim to fame, however. That would be reserved for the impressive stone ruins of Ha Ha Tonka Mansion.

Ha Ha Tonka Mansion is frequently referred to as a castle, which is the very effect its builder was going after. Robert Snyder was a wealthy Kansas City businessman with dreams of building his own, European-style castle, right here in Missouri.

Snyder made his fortune in St. Louis and Kansas City during the late 1800's. By 1905, he'd amassed enough wealth to follow his dreams. Stonemasons from Scotland, a European supervisor, and Kansas City architect Adrian Van Brunt were hired to bring Snyder's three-and-a-half story tall vision to life.

Ha Ha Tonka Mansion was designed with an iconic center atrium that rose three and a-half stories to a skylight. The plans included nine greenhouses, a carriage house, and an 80-foot private water tower. Local stone was quarried and local timber cut for the construction.

Snyder never saw his dream completed, however. Instead, in 1906 he had the ignoble honor of becoming one of Missouri's first automobile accident victims. The incomplete mansion languished until 1922 when the family was finally able to complete construction. Ha Ha Tonka Mansion was leased out in 1937 and run as a hotel until a fire gutted the structure in 1942. The estate lay abandoned for decades before the State of Missouri purchased it in 1978.

Visitors to Ha Ha Tonka State Park will enjoy the ruins of Snyder's turn-of-the-century stone castle. The ruins are currently off limits but they provide impressive views of the Lake of the Ozarks and Ha Ha Tonka Spring. A series of well-maintained trails and boardwalks provide easy access to the park's many attractions. Swimming, boating, hiking, fishing, picnicking, and more are all available.

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

1491 State Road D, Camdenton, MO 65020
April through October - 7am to sunset
November through March - 8am to sunset
Learn more about Ha Ha Tonka Park online at mostateparks.com.

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