Giveaway: Win $250 worth of ride tickets for the Washington County Fair!

Giveaway closed. Congratulations to Kimberly Wilson, who won the tickets!

The Washington County Fair is a strong tradition in our family.

For nearly 15 years, we’ve visited the animals, walked through the exhibition halls, eaten ourselves sick on fair food and whirled and twirled on the rides.

The Fayetteville fair is largest county fair in the state and wasย  founded in 1857.

This year, the Washington County Fair will run Aug. 29-Sept. 2. If you’d like to take your kids this year and have some tickets already in your pocket, we’ve got you covered. We’ve got $250 worth of ride tickets to give away! One mama is going to have some VERY happy kiddos!

Here’s a quick rundown of a few special events at this year’s fair:

  • On opening night of the fair (Tuesday, Aug. 29th) it’s Family Night. It’s $2 at the gate and rides are all $2. There’s a free petting zoo from 5 p.m. to close. The “beautiful bunny” contest will be at 5:30 p.m. in the rabbit barn.
  • On Wednesday, school and church students are free from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday is Senior Citizens Day and all seniors 62 and older get in free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s also the University of Arkansas Day. UA students get in free from 5 p.m. to close and can buy $15 armbands.
  • On Friday, the 4-wheeler rodeo will be from 7-9 p.m. in the rodeo arena. At 8 p.m. the Washington County Sheriff’s Office K-9 demonstration will be in the livestock arena.
  • On Saturday, there’s a youth dog show in the livestock arena at 9 a.m. Carnival rides start at noon on the last day. Buckin’ at the Fair is at 7 p.m.
  • Armband Nights are Friday and Saturday, $20 with a Pepsi product can from 10 p.m.- 1:30 a.m on Friday, 10 p.m. to midnight on Saturday.
  • Each day the fair opens at 10 a.m. to visit the animals, see all the exhibits and snag some snacks. The fair’s carnival midway opens at 5 p.m. each day,ย except for noon on Saturday.
  • There’s a free petting zoo from 5 p.m. to closing every day of the fair (starts at noon on Saturday).
  • The pig races will be BACK this year, every night! ๐Ÿ™‚
  • $5 at the gate (ages 6 and older) or $25 armbands

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win the $250 worth of fair ride tickets, click on the word “comments” (right under the headline of this post) and scroll down to the bottom of the comments posted by other moms. Then post a comment telling us your FAVORITE thing about the Washington County Fair! If you’ve never had an opportunity to visit the county fair in Fayetteville, tell us what you’re most looking forward to doing, seeing or eating!

Click here to see the full schedule of events at the fair!

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  1. We love to look at all the animals! And of course we have to get a funnel cake to share.

  2. Oh pick me! Pick me! This will be my first fair here, and our boys love riding rides as much as we do. And although Paisley is too young to enjoy many rides I know she will love the carousel! So pick me, and help me introduce my kids to just one more great thing about living in NWA! ๐Ÿค—

  3. My favorite part of the Washington County Fair is seeing my kids show their rabbits in the Rabbit Show. They have worked hard to get their rabbits ready so it is great to see the end result! They get so excited to show them!

  4. I’m looking forward to taking my grandkids to see all the animals and share a big corndog.

  5. The animals are my favorite thing about the fair… and the exhibits. My kids favorite part would be the rides, of course! Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. We haven’t been to the Washington Co fair, only the Benton county! Would love to check it out:)

  7. Is there any way to say which part of the Fair is your favorite? If I had to pick, it would be the lights on the rides at night. Seeing those lights bring back memories of my childhood. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  8. I love the excitement on the children’s faces. The sounds of laughter and the smells in the air. Mostly how it brings back the carefree days of my youth.

  9. My extended family all make an effort to go every year and bring all the cousins together. It’s so fun to watch all the little ones run around and be mesmerized by all the animals!

  10. My absolute favorite thing is the Zipper! I rode it as a child all the time and rode it a few years ago at the fair. My girls loved it too!

  11. I LOVE the Washington Co Fair and think it’s the best county fair in the state! Going every year brings me back to my youth and makes feel giddy as a kid again. I love the crafts, the animals, the cotton candy…everything!!

  12. It’s so hard to pick one thing……………..I love the fair food, the rides, the smells (even the gross ones), and the joy on everyone’s faces!!

  13. I love the food and the kids love the rides and games. I have a two year old and it would be his first time to go. ( He loves cows and pigs) Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  14. We go to the fair every year! We love to see the animals and see the ride lights ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. The fair is a place to make memories of a lifetime with family and friends. I love the food, animals, and energy of the fair.

  16. My favorite part is watching my son make memories. There are so many things to do and see and experience. The looks of surprise and anticipation and joy are my favorite. This year we made our family a bit larger by welcoming my finance and his 3 children into our home. He has custody of his 3. That means I went from a family of 2 to a family of 6!!!!! Winning the tickets would just be really great. For a lot of reasons. Thank you.

  17. I have 3 foster children that have never been to the fair. The rides, the animals and the food!!
    It would be a great family experience!!

  18. I love seeing the cooking, sewing and crafts! Especially done by kids I know! Inspiring!

  19. Love the arts and crafts and the livestock!!! I don’t usually get to take my family due to finances and would love to make it this year!

  20. I’ve never had the opportunity to go to this one, but I love fairs in general. Excited to share the experience with my kiddo and now she’s old enough to ride some of the rides!

  21. Who doesn’t. like FAIR FOOD?!! Love the exhibits and the animals, too, but the fair food has to be at the top of the list!

  22. Animals are always a fab and the kids love the rides! We haven’t seen the pig races so we are looking forward to that! Follow on Pinterest, receive newsletter and commented on fb. Thanks!

  23. The fairs lights and food are the best!
    I loved going to the fair as a child and I would love to be able to take my kids this year. I have custody of my step sons and also my youngest 2 children.. so 4 total. I do good taking care of them as a single mom… they are well fed and clothed, etc…. but it’s hard to do things like this that is justfor fun. It would be a blessing to be able to just let them go crazy for once and not worry about the cost. Just let them have a blast. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Fair=fair food!!! And growing up 4H my DH loves the animals and the kids love the rides! Me, I’m in it for the funnel cakes and corndogs!!

  25. We love everything that the fair brings to us. We love all the rides especially the starship. The boys also love the funnel cakes!

  26. We love to look through all the animals and like going toward the end to see which ones have won!

  27. I enjoy seeing how the fair promotes a sense of community bringing thousands of people from diverse backgrounds together to celebrate, have fun, explore, and learn. I love how the fair showcases the hard work of the exhibitors and their families and is the result of countless volunteers who give their time, talents, and a sincere commitment to make it all happen. I am especially thankful the fair teaches youth where our food comes from and educates the community about the importance and relevance of agriculture, which is the backbone to our society.

  28. We have never been to this fair bit our favorite thing about going to fairs are the rides! My little guy loves them!

  29. My kids and I LOVE the animals! It’s always fun to walk through and see them all. And of course you can’t leave the fair without getting cotton candy and riding the Carousel.

  30. We’ve never been to the Washington county fair, but always I always love going to the fair to see animals and ride rides.

  31. I remember going to the fair as a child and teen every year but have not made it a tradition with my kids yet. I think it is time.

  32. I love to look at the animals and eat a corn dog. My daughter loves the rides of course!

  33. I would have to agree with many others that I enjoy the animals the most!! Funnel cakes and rides at night are both up there too!!

  34. Love to get a fair cheeseburger from one of the 4-H groups! That has been a family tradition for at least 45 years!

  35. My Favorite part of The Washington County Fair are the smiles that you see and the friends you now see bringing their kids or grandkids. I love the warm feeling that it leaves in your heart and the excitement of seeing you old friends to catch up on days past. The kid memories will always remember the yearly fair. My favorite is the Double Farriswheel.

  36. My family hasn’t been to the Washington county fair yet, shockingly! But my favorite part is the petting zoo, ever since I was a little girl. I just love feeding the animals!

  37. I stall-I mean – follow you everywhere…. Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter ๐Ÿ˜‰

  38. I have never been to the Washington county fair, but I’m sure my kids would love the rides! And the cute animals and funnel cakes!

  39. My kids cant wait to explore the fair since my 5 year old has never attended one..
    My two older kids will be able to ride the scarry rides together and my aelf and my 2 year old will enjoy the petting zoo and animals … Plus having a fair grounds food dinner is the best!!

    Super excited to had a fun family oriented time with my kids.

  40. We’ve never been to the Washington County fair, but I bet my kids would love it! Rides are my oldest son’s favorite, and my youngest kids would love to see all the animals.

  41. I’ve never been to the Washington County fair! I would love to see the joy my kids would experience on the rides!

    I get NWA Motherlode emails and follow on Pinterest and Twitter at @channynn. Thank you’

  42. I love to look at all the animals, and my grandson is all about the rides, and the food!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  43. I can’t believe we have lived here 9 years and have NEVER been. Would LOVE to take my 3 kids before baby #4 arrives to experience the animals, food, and rides!

  44. My favorite memory is when my daughter won Little Miss Washington County. That was 6 years ago and she still plays with her sash and crown!!

  45. My favorite thing about the fair is seeing the look on my children’s faces while they ride the rides ๐Ÿ˜

  46. I love the smells! The food ones, AND the farm ones! It takes me back to my childhood. Sadly we have missed the last few years and would love to show our kids what a fun night at the fair is all about.

  47. We love the animals!! My son has always had the luxury of having different kinds of animals at home, but there are a lot of kiddos who don’t have that. As a teacher, I think it’s a great opportunity for kids who have never gotten to pet a sheep, or feed a goat, or touch the hairs on the back of a little pig! I see their eyes light up and it’s something they’ll never forget!

  48. I love the animals. ๐Ÿ™‚ I really just love watching my kids have fun. They would probably tell you that THEIR favorite thing is the snow cones LOL. And if I’m being honest…I love the funnel cakes. They are so BAD. But so yummy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  49. I fondly remember going to the fair as a child with my parents. Now I’m doing the same thing with my daughter. I told she enjoys the memories as much as I do!

  50. The FOOD. I don’t even like corn dogs but I love them at the fair. The people watching is a close second. My kids would be so excured to ride with all those free tickets!!

  51. I’m in my sixtys and I’ve never be able to go to the fair..I would love to go.

  52. Love seeing the animals! bar b que is great! Hope for cooler weather this year!!

  53. We’ve never been to the Washington County Fair! I think it’s time we take our 7 year old! She loves Silver Dollar City and animals so I’m sure she would LOVE the fair!

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