Missouri State Fair Exhibitor Information Now Online
April 3, 2012, Sedalia, MO – The Missouri State Fair Online Premium Guide is now available, announcing competitions that will take place during the annual agriculture event Aug. 9-19 in Sedalia.
State Fair Director Mark Wolfe said that show schedules and pertinent information including official rules are available at the online resource. Entry forms for competitions will likewise be available through the online resource starting at 9 a.m. May 1.
Last year exhibitors showcased more than 30,000 entries. Wolfe is optimistic that the Fair will experience similar numbers again this year, especially with the addition of some first-time events.
“New competitions have been added again this year to further broaden the scope of opportunities for exhibitors and Fair guests,” Wolfe said. “The Home Economics Department has added a leather crafting division with classes for youth, novice, advanced and masters.”
Other competitions new to this year’s Fair include an Old and Wow Tractor and Equipment Show, with operators vying for top honors; and an Auctioneer Bid Calling Contest. A list of new competitions, as well as changes to some existing shows, is available online at 2012 Competition Updates.
“Due to the quantity of competitions hosted by the Fair, some events are held in advance of the Aug. 9 start date,” Wolfe said. “This year, the 4-H and FFA Horse Show is July 26-29, and the Society Horse Show dates are July 31-Aug. 4.” There is no admission charge for attending these early events in the Mathewson Exhibition Center.
Wolfe is pleased to offer once again a free admission wristband to youth exhibitors ages 12 and younger, and a $4 daily exhibitor admission ticket to older entrants. The exhibitor wristband and discounted ticket will not be offered at the admission gates during the Fair. Exhibitors can view additional daily admission discounts at the online link Special Promotions.
Camping during the 11 day Fair is often another piece of the exhibitor experience that needs to be confirmed early, with forms available through the Online Premium Guide starting at 9 a.m. May 1.
The price for a reserved livestock campground site remained the same this year, with prices from $16 to $25 per day. These sites will open Sunday, Aug. 5, and are only available to livestock exhibitors, concessionaires and persons with disabilities.
Public campgrounds will open by 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2. The daily fee again this year is $20 per vehicle or tent, with no reservations being accepted for these sites. This 60-acre campground provides more than 1,100 electrical (no 110-volt receptacles), water and sewer hook-ups and over 200 50/30/20 amp outlets. Amenities also include three sewage waste dump stations, restrooms and shower facilities.
More information on exhibiting and camping is available at mostatefair.com, or by calling 1-800-422-FAIR (3247). Those wanting to receive electronic news can sign up to Become A Fair Fan, and follow the Fair on Facebook.