Vote NOW for your favorite baby in each age category:
Voting ends August 8th at 2pm. Voting requires Google Signin — your identity will remain anonymous.
Winners announced on Saturday, August 10th, at the Washington County Fair.
The Washington County Fair would like to invite you to participate in National Anthem auditions for the 2019 County Fair.
The auditions will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 9am – 12pm at the Grafton Building at Legacy Park / County Fairgrounds. This will be the only day to try out.
Legacy Park — Grafton Building: 5500 West 700 South Hurricane, Utah 84737 (Google Maps)
Audition order is organized on a first-come, first-served basis. Assigned audition numbers will be given upon registration, and we will be unable to accommodate number switching. The audition is open to the general public, for individuals and/or very small groups (eight people or fewer).
There will be 6 – 8 renditions of the National Anthem performed over the 4 day event, so several individuals will be chosen.
All participants in the audition will be notified by email whether they have been invited to perform the National Anthem.
Please consider the following when auditioning:
For more information, please contact Ed Tracey at (435) 227-5110.
Thank you for sharing your talents with our county!
Congratulations to Adriana Morgan and her winning logo design!
Thank you to all who participated in our Fair Logo Contest — designers and voters alike.
Today, Adriana Morgan came to the Washington County Commission Chambers and accepted the $500 cash prize from the Commissioners.
Visit the Washington County Fair‘s website and see the new logo.
Notice is hereby given that on May 23, 2019, at 10:00 AM, Kim Hafen, Clerk-Auditor, will offer for sale (unless redeemed prior to sale) at public auction, pursuant to the provisions of section 59-2-1351 Utah Code, the described real estate situated in said county and now held by it under preliminary tax sale. This sale will be located in:
Washington County Administration Building 197 East Tabernacle St George, Utah (Google Maps)
Auctions will be by open bidding wherein the full parcel will be sold to the highest dollar bidder.
Published in the Spectrum
April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 2019
St. George, Utah (April 15, 2019) – In early April, the Washington County Fair sent out a call for submissions for a logo design contest. In two weeks, nearly 100 logos were submitted from all over Washington County. Nearly all age groups were represented; the youngest submission came from a 10-year old Bloomington Elementary student to a 76-year old resident. Participants were asked to create a design that portrayed what Washington County meant to them—an interpretation of not only southern Utah, but of Washington County—from New Harmony to St. George, Hildale to Enterprise and everything in between. All styles of artwork were excepted: cartoon, watercolor, graphic art, and photography were welcome. It was an extremely hard decision, but the designs were evaluated by judges and the Top 11 were chosen. We now open the judging to the community to decide the new look of the Washington County Fair logo. The winner will get their design printed on all Washington County Fair marketing and will receive a $500 cash prize.
For details, visit www.washcofair.net/logo-contest. Public voting ends at midnight on Thursday, April 25.
Washington County Fair is still accepting submissions for their Logo Contest until 5:00 pm on Friday, April 12, 2019. The top ten will then be voted on by the public online for their favorite. The winner will be announced on April 26, will get their design printed on all Washington County Fair marketing and will receive a $500 cash prize.
For Entry Form and Terms and Conditions, click on the poster below:
The Washington Fair is now accepting submissions for a logo contest! We want YOU, the residents of Washington County, to participate in creating a new look for the fair. What does Washington County mean to you? What do you see when you hear about our natural surroundings of Zion National Park or Snow Canyon State Park or Gunlock? What do you think of when think of home? Your design/artwork should be YOUR interpretation of not only southern Utah, but of Washington County — from New Harmony to St. George, Hildale to Enterprise and everything in between. All styles of artwork from cartoon to watercolor to photography and beyond are welcome.
We will be accepting submissions until 5:00 pm on Friday, April 12, 2019. The top ten will then be voted on by the public online for their favorite. The winner will be announced on April 26, will get their design printed on all Washington County Fair marketing and will receive a $500 cash prize.
For Terms and Conditions, click below and view the entry form:
In an inspiring show of support for Zion National Park, four entities have teamed to fund a minimal level of staffing and services in the park during the ongoing federal government shutdown. According to Lyman Hafen, Executive Director of the Zion National Park Forever Project, the State of Utah, Washington County, and the City of St. George, will participate equally with the non-profit Zion Forever Project in funding some visitor services in the park from January 6 through January 12, if the shutdown continues.
“The hard fact is that the park is mandated to remain accessible to the public during this shutdown,” Hafen said, “yet staffing and services are not funded. So the park is left with the catch 22 of welcoming thousands of visitors a day with the visitor center closed, little or no means to provide sanitation services like restrooms, trash collection, other custodial services, and basically an untenable situation.” He said the funding pledged by these four entities is not only remarkable in its make-up, but will assure one more week of minimum visitor services in the park that would not otherwise be possible.
“When the shutdown began on December 22, 2018,” Hafen said “the State of Utah was poised to step in and provide money for a basic level of funding in the park through the end of the year. They did so, and it made a striking difference for the park, its visitors and for the southern Utah economy.” When those funds ran out on December 31, Hafen said his group, the Zion Forever Project, was ready to step in and fund the same level from January 1 to January 5. The Zion Forever Project is the park’s official non-profit partner that raises funds for Zion through earned income in the park stores and through direct fundraising.
“As we’ve drawn closer to the end of this week,” Hafen said, “it is amazing and heartening to see how the State of Utah stepped back into the picture and helped assemble this four-way coalition in a matter of hours to buy more time for the welfare of Zion National Park and to assure a better experience for the thousands of visitors who continue to come to Zion every day.” Hafen said it was beyond anything he had ever imagined, how these entities stepped up with a sincere desire to do the best thing for the park at such a difficult time. “Vicki Varela, managing director of the State Office of Tourism; Dean Cox, Washington County Commissioner; and Mayor Jon Pike of the City of St. George, each reached out in a short, crucial window of time to see how they could best make a difference in this situation,” Hafen said. “It speaks volumes about the importance of Zion National Park to our community.”
The coalition has made it possible to fund these services next week, Hafen explained. “The heroic park service staff who’ve been keeping the bare-bones operation going in the park have been taxed to the limit,” he said. “They are running on fumes. We’re glad we can now give them a little more backup as they keep those basic services going in the park.”
Hafen said the group is simply trying to make the best of a bad situation for the park and its visitors, realizing this shutdown could go on for a long time. “If it does go on,” Hafen said, “the park managers, with support of these partners, will be faced with some hard decisions as to how to best look out for the park and provide a degree of services to the visitors who will continue to come.” Hafen said there’s no simple answer to this situation. “But the fact that our State, Washington County, and St. George City would deem this so important is a sign to everyone of what Zion National Park means to the lives and the livelihoods of all of us in Utah,” he said.
An agreement has been extended to maintain public access until March 31, 2019
Springdale, Utah — The Trust for Public Land and Washington County today announced that an agreement has been extended to allow the Zion Narrows Trail to remain open until March 31, 2019. The popular trail crosses Simon Gulch, a private property, before it enters Zion National Park. Currently, the Bulloch family is generously granting access to visitors crossing through their property on the trail. Washington County and The Trust for Public Land, along with the Bulloch family, Utah Department of Natural Resources, Forestry Division, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service have been working for several years to provide permanent public access to this iconic wilderness experience. All partners continue to work in good faith to ensure a fair and permanent solution for public access to the Zion Narrows Trail.
Washington County Commission Chair, Dean Cox expressed, “Washington County is delighted that the Zion Narrows Trail can remain open for public use and appreciates the Bulloch family working with Washington County, The Trust For Public Land, the National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service in a collaborative manner to ensure the beauty of the trail can continue to be seen and enjoyed by all.”
“Visiting the Zion Narrows Trail is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we’re proud to be working to ensure that the trail is permanently accessible to the public,” said Diane Regas, President and CEO of The Trust for Public Land, “The Bulloch family is committed to ensuring that visitors continue to be able to enjoy this special place, and we look forward to working with them and the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and Washington County.”
Zion National Park is the third most visited national park in the country and The Trust for Public Land has a long history of working to protect the park. The Trust for Public Land was responsible in 2013 for the protection of Tabernacle Dome which was a private inholding in the park. That same year, the organization protected the 300-acre Chamberlin Ranch, a private property outside the park that contains the trailhead for the Zion Narrows Trail. Earlier this year, The Trust for Public Land helped protect a 35-acre property within the park, known as Firepit Knoll, in partnership with The National Park Foundation.
The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Millions of people live near a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. To support The Trust for Public Land and share why nature matters to you, visit www.tpl.org.
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