The Missouri State Fair, the state's premier agriculture showcase, will feature the theme, "It's A Show-Me Thing!" for its 109th annual event.
The best in Missouri agriculture will be on display from Aug. 11 to 21 in Sedalia—from quality livestock to exceptional agriculture products. Contest entries are expected to surpass 30,000 this year.
According to Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe, more than 4,000 Missouri 4-H and FFA youth will experience the agriculture showcase, representing more than 100 counties from across the state. Buildings especially dedicated to these organizations will exemplify the students' hard work, passion and commitment to agriculture.
Wolfe commends the dedication and enthusiasm of Missouri youth and is proud to recognize these accomplishments at the Fair. "Some youth will qualify for top honors and be recognized in special events like the Sale of Champions and the Governor's Ham Breakfast, while others will be immersed in fair traditions like the annual opening day ceremonies and parade and Super Teens Contest," Wolfe says.
In addition to being an agricultural celebration, the Missouri State Fair has likewise earned a reputation as an affordable destination for summer fun. "The commission, superintendents and staff have again made it a goal to deliver family-friendly activities that will include an outstanding professional free entertainment schedule along with an affordable Pepsi Grandstand concert lineup and a State Fair Arena event package that includes motor sport, rodeo and bull riding action," Wolfe says.
Pepsi Grandstand concerts will include Jerrod Niemann with Candy Coburn; Lynryd Skynryd with the Doobie Brothers; Jason Aldean with Chris Young and Thompson Square; and Rhonda Vincent with The Rage, Dailey and Vincent, and The Next Best Thing. Coming back will be the Country Gold Tour with Leroy Van Dyke and the Auctioneers, T. Graham Brown, Jeannie Kendall, Eddy Raven, Moe Bandy, Joe Stampley, Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius. Three more concerts will be released soon to complete the diverse lineup.
Concert and event tickets will go on sale via Ticketmaster starting June 17, with a purchase opportunity preceding the public on-sale-date for registered Fair Fans. Instructions for the Fair Fan free email subscription service are available at www.mostatefair.com.
Wolfe encourages fairgoers to visit www.mostatefair.com for announcements and updates. "The Premium Guide will be available online in early April," he notes. "This resource contains pertinent exhibitor information including show entry forms, which will be accepted starting May 2 at 9 a.m."
Source: Missouri State Fair press release