Go monkey around at the Washington County Fair

Children participate in a watermelon eating contest during the Washington County Fair, Hurricane, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Fair, St. George News

HURRICANE – It is time again for the Washington County Fair, and this year organizers are promising barrels of fun with monkey-themed attractions, a high-flying trampoline act and all the music, food, exhibits and carnival rides fairgoers love.

Guests line up to ride the Ferris Wheel in this photo from 2015 of the Washington County Fair, Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 12, 2015 | Photo by Cami Cox Jim, St. George News
Guests line up to ride the Ferris Wheel in this photo from 2015 of the Washington County Fair, Hurricane, Utah, Aug. 12, 2015 | Photo by Cami Cox Jim, St. George News

The fair will open Wednesday and continue through Saturday at the Washington County Regional Park, 5500 W. 700 South in Hurricane.

Each year, fair director Wendy Sandberg travels to various fair conventions looking for great attractions to bring to Washington County and then goes to work to create a theme to delight guests.

This year’s theme is “More Fun Than a Barrel of Monkeys.” Fair attendees will find monkey-themed prizes, collectible monkey mugs and “Wild About Monkeys,” a show featuring the primate stars of the movie “Evan Almighty.”

Sandberg said she tries to keep the fair fresh and fun by bringing in new attractions each year. In addition to the monkeys, this year guests can look forward to some fun new acts.

Some of the new acts include the Aerial Assault Extreme Trampoline Show, Wild about Gorillas, the James Cristy Cole Family Circus and Tank the Tortoise Picks the President.

Aerial Assault Extreme Trampoline Show

  • This extreme trampoline show will feature acrobats on a giant trampoline. Performers will entertain with extreme trampoline stunts done on skis and bikes, including aerialists defying gravity as they change costumes in midair.

Wild about Gorillas

  • Don’t wake up Samson, the most realistic silverback gorilla you will ever meet, according to press material for the fair. Samson has an attitude and a girlfriend. Yep, you guessed it … Delilah.

James Cristy Cole Family Circus

  • The James Cristy Cole Family Circus is a three-ringed trained animal circus. Acts include “Two Kooks and a Camel,” a dog and pony show, Alaskan malamutes, aerial stunts and lots of comedy.

Tank the Tortoise Picks the President

  • Not sure who to pick for president this year? Let Tank the Tortoise decide for you. Tank will exercise his psychic political abilities by sleeping either in the Republican den or the Democratic den. Or Tank will choose neither and sleep in the rocks. Guests are invited to pay Tank a visit and get some sound political advice.

Guests to the Washington County Fair will also find all their fair favorites, including live musical acts, contests galore, art and animal exhibits, a parade, a half marathon, carnival rides and the ever-popular demolition derby.

Crafters and artists from throughout the county will have their work on display. These artists are vying for the coveted “Best in Show” title and an opportunity to represent the county at the Utah State Fair, Sandberg said.

This year’s spotlight city is Ivins.

The fair opens Wednesday at 6 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Entrance to the fair is free. Parking, attractions, food and carnival rides vary in price.

A full schedule of the Washington County Fair can be found here.

“We hope everyone will come to this family, community event in celebrating the county and the talent of its residents,” Sandberg said.

Event details

  • What: Washington County Fair
  • When: Aug. 10-13, times vary, see schedule
  • Where: Washington County Regional Park, 5500 West 700 South, Hurricane
  • Admission: Entrance to the fair is free. Food, activities and vendors vary
  • Parking fees: Wednesday-Friday $3 per vehicle; Saturday, $5 per vehicle


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  • .... August 8, 2016 at 11:56 am

    This is a great way two enjoy time with friends and loved ones. thank you for all those involved in making this possible. go there and have a joyous time and let the world go by for a little while. we are so blessed two live in this country. Praise the Lord !

    • Bob August 8, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      take your pills!

      • DB August 8, 2016 at 3:19 pm

        As they say, “Don’t feed the Troll”.

        • .... August 8, 2016 at 8:24 pm

          fear not DB the good lord watches over you. AMEN !

      • .... August 8, 2016 at 8:21 pm

        It’s a grand place two have a family outing and enjoy the company of your loved ones

  • .... August 8, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    You are right DB ..do not feed the Troll ! so I will pretend you are not here ! have a nice day and peace be with you.

  • Common Sense August 9, 2016 at 7:18 am

    It seems to me like the fair would be more fun when it is not so hot. Why don’t they do the fair in October?

    • RealMcCoy August 9, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      They can sell more $5.00 drinks when it is 100+ degrees out.
      My family and I skip the fair every year now. We decided walking in 107 degree weather, sweating the whole time, just to blow $100 on rides and fair crap and overpriced, mediocre food just wasn’t worth it anymore.
      The only day worth going was Demolition Derby day, but when that starts, it’s still over 100 and direct sun.
      Yep, the fair planners sure thought that one out…

  • Bob August 9, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    yea i might stop by for the baboon show. real curious

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