Animals prohibited at Fair Parade, Parade Party, and Washington Fair

Washington, Mo. - The areas utilized for the annual Fair Parade and after parade party along with the entire fairgrounds during the Washington Town & Country Fair will be designated “Festival Districts” this year.

This means bringing animals of any type into these areas is prohibited.

On August 4, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. until conclusion the restricted area for the Fair Parade will be Front Street from High Street to Jefferson Street, Jefferson south from Front to 5th Street, 5th Street west to High Street, and High Street north to Front Street.

The restriction will only be for public property; residents keeping their pets on their property are not affected. For the party after the Fair Parade, the designated area is bounded by Front, Olive, West 3rd, and Jefferson Streets and is in effect between 3:00 p.m. and midnight.

Then between August 7-11, 2013, the entire fairgrounds will be designated a Festival District for the duration of the Fair.

A Washington ordinance prohibits animals of any type in areas designated Festival Districts. Washington Police Chief Ken Hahn stated this designation is necessary to help insure the safety of all citizens. “In large crowds dogs and other animals can get quite nervous. This can cause a pet to bite someone whether it is intentional or not,” stated Chief Hahn. “We had that very thing happen at a past downtown event. Well meaning people may think their pet wouldn’t be capable of such a thing, but in large crowds it becomes almost instinctive. Besides, some people simply aren’t animal lovers and don’t like pets being so close to them,” said Chief Hahn.

The only exceptions to the ordinance are livestock, animals in a parade, service animals such as seeing-eye dogs, and police animals like canine patrol. People who violate this directive will first be asked to remove their pet from the designated area. If they refuse, they will be charged with violating the ordinance. It is punishable by up to a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail.