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Jack Ingram
Robert Earl Keen
Kevin Fowler
While the longest, continuously running county fair in Texas may belong to Gillespie County, there isn't an older fair in the Lone Star State than the historic Washington County Fair in Brenham, held annually in September to celebrate all things that are Texas. And it just doesn't get any more Texas than this!

Imagine for a moment that perfect county fair, you know, the kind you saw in the movies as a kid; cotton candy streaming from your chin, music piped over the big speakers on the pole. There's the opening parade, the livestock show, the rodeo, calf scramble and wild steer saddling contest. And don't forget about the big stars who come to town to perform to milling crowds of fair goers and two-steppers.

Aunt Glady's wins another blue ribbon for her blueberry cobbler. Little sister takes home the all around best lamb award in the junior division.

Wait! That's no movie, that's the smell and sounds and tastes of the first county fair in Texas, the Washington County Fair, first established three years after the Civil War ended on a spot not too far away (in Cameron County).

It all gets underway Wednesday, Sept. 20th, with live music from Nashville's Aaron Watson, the Honky Tonk Kid, and a performance from country singer Todd Fritsch. Live music continues each night of the fair with all star performers including Jack Ingram, Bonnie Bishop, Robert Earl King, No Justice, Kevin Fowler, and Allie Danielle.

For the pro-active, there's the antique tractor show, the greased pig contest, the BBQ competition, and youth hay hauling contest. The week is also highlighted by the Little Mr. & Miss Contest, a pet show and a talent contest.

For excitement, you might try the Ranch Rodeo with all the usual and exciting events. The Fair parade kicks off Saturday morning, Sept. 16th, the official start to the fair season, followed by a youth rodeo.

Don't miss the Gospel Festival on Sunday the 17th, then get ready for a week of fun and live music. Animal judging begins on Wednesday. Ride the mechanical bull, enjoy the carnival, take the kids to the petting zoo.

The events and activities are almost endless - everything you could hope to find in a Texas-bred county fair!

2205 Fair Queen
Jenny Luedtke
Washington Co. Fair Ticket Information

Season Passes:
Advanced $20.00
At Gate $25.00

Daily Admission
Adult $12.00
After 7:00pm
Adult $15.00
Children (6-12) $3.00
Preschool Free

Senior Citizens Day:
Thurs, Sept. 21, 2006
9:00 am 6:00 pm
60 and over $3.00

Advanced Season Tickets must be purchased through a Fair Queen Candidate.

2006 Fair Queen Candidates
Amanda Jezierski
Catherine Wieghat
Ashley Stevenson
Brittney Bowman
Lacey Roeske
Aimee Harmel

For more information, connect to the Washington County Fair Web site.

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