WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR
HISTORYFrom about 1950 to 1951, Peach Days was the defacto Washington County Fair.
By the fall of 1950, Peach Days were having severe financial difficulties. A meeting was held in the county courthouse in St. George with about 60 people in attendance, including two representatives from each town in the county. A plea to the county commissioners for financial aide was made. The county agreed to subsidize this important event with the condition that they change the name back from Peach Days to the Washington County Fair. Thus in 1951, the original Peach Days became the Washington County Fair with Hurricane as the nucleus for the fair.
As the county fairs continued to grow and expand, the venues got spread out across Hurricane. When the new Hurricane High School was finished, the Washington County School Board allowed it and the Elementary School to be used for the county fairs.
In 1993, Hurricane High School was going through some extensive building additions and so could not accommodate the fair. The Hurricane Middle School was used as the location for the fair in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996.
In late 1995, the county leased 180 acres of land in the "Purgatory Flat" area from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for recreation and public purposes. Grading of the site began in early in 1996. They acquired an equestrian facility that was being dismantled and offered for sale in Kansas and they used that in the construction of the new permanent fair grounds site. Even though it wasn't completely finished, the Washington County Fair moved to it's new home in August of 1997.
Dates: (partial list)
1860 at the John D. Lee's Mansion in Washington
1865 in the St. George Hall
1876 in the new St. George Tabernacle
August 10, 1011 to August 13, 2011 (Wednesday to Saturday)
August 8, 1012 to August 11, 2012 (Wednesday to Saturday)
August 7, 2013 to August 10, 2013 (Wednesday to Saturday)
REFERENCESHistory of the Washington County Fair