Behind The Scenes

It Takes a Village

August 13, 2017

If you’re reading this, I did it. Since my first week in the Marketing Office, I have been thinking about, living, breathing and working on the Opening Day Parade. Creating the 2017 parade began months in advance and was the culmination of dozens of people’s hard work, but then they gave me a clipboard and … Continue reading “It Takes a Village”

Our Royal History

August 8, 2017

Since 1958, 59 young women have received the title of Missouri State Fair Queen. This elite group will crown its sixtieth member on the Fair’s opening day, Thursday, Aug 10, 2017. Fair Queens are a dynamic mix of young women that hale from all across Missouri. The Queen represents not only the State Fair, but the … Continue reading “Our Royal History”

Main Gate Memories

August 2, 2017

I am a lover of tradition. I believe in preserving memories and history. One of my favorite things about the Missouri State Fairgrounds is that no matter how much time and technology change, the history of the grounds remains. The 16th Street Main Gate has been an iconic landmark at the Missouri State Fair for … Continue reading “Main Gate Memories”

MC Power Up

August 1, 2017

Technology is advancing and so is the Missouri State Fair! Three car charging stations and two solar powered cell phone charging stations will be ready for use just in time for the 2017 Missouri State Fair. These new amenities are provided courtesy of MC Power Companies. Don’t let a low battery keep you from engaging … Continue reading “MC Power Up”


July 26, 2017

The Missouri State Fair has been an attraction for more than a century, consistently serving as a place for Fairgoers to make memories and build traditions spanning over several generations. Whether the Fair reminds you of your best year as an exhibitor, summer love or 11 consecutive days of corn dogs, the Missouri State Fair … Continue reading “#ComeHomePhoto”

2017 Daily Deals

July 21, 2017 MSF 2017 "Come Home" Logo

Hey State Fair goers! Be in the know and take advantage of these awesome deals offered for the 2017 Missouri State Fair! Thursday, August 10: Come Home on Opening Day! Sponsored by MFA Incorporated ADMISSION SPECIALS $4 gate admission ages 13+; $2 gate admission age 6-12 VENDOR/ CONCESSIONS SPECIAL Special at select vendors and concessions … Continue reading “2017 Daily Deals”


The Missouri State Fair is the premier showcase for Missouri agriculture. Missouri’s farm families are the backbone of the agriculture industry. For the past 59 years, the Fair has celebrated the hard work of these families on Farm Family Day. Each county in the state can recognize a family that is actively involved in agriculture … Continue reading “Celebrating Missouri’s Farm Families”


Like many Missourians, the Missouri State Fair has been an end of the summer staple for me. Growing up in the Sedalia area, trips to Sedalia in August as a kid always meant my mom would drive around the grounds to avoid the Fair traffic, and we always attended the Fair several times each year.  … Continue reading “Change of Perspective on a Family Tradition”


Concert announcements for the Missouri State Fair are eagerly anticipated every year, especially for me, since I’ve never even been to the State Fair! This year’s line-up for the Pepsi Grandstand has some returning favorites, and up-and-coming artists that the whole family will be able to enjoy! “Come Home”, and enjoy a concert at the … Continue reading “2017 Pepsi Grandstand Concert Series”


“Come Home” is a theme I can relate to, considering I have literally called the Fair my home the past two summers. I grew up attending the State Fair almost every summer. My experience living on the Fairgrounds and working as an intern has given me a unique perspective of the hard work it takes … Continue reading “Life in the “Hilton””

Traveler’s Guide

July 5, 2017

Transportation Deals For 115 years Missourians have traveled across the state to visit the Missouri State Fairgrounds, with train being a common form of transportation. This summer, Amtrak is running a variety of specials that fairgoers can take advantage of. The Missouri River Runner, Amtrak’s route spanning from Kansas City to St. Louis, offers free … Continue reading “Traveler’s Guide”

Meet the 2017 Interns

June 20, 2017

Welcome back! Since I introduced myself in the last entry, I would now like to take the time to introduce the rest of the Marketing intern team. These ladies have already been working hard to make the 2017 Missouri State Fair a success. Molly Espey– Molly is from Warrensburg, MO and she studies public relations … Continue reading “Meet the 2017 Interns”

Meet the Blogger

June 12, 2017 MSF 2017 "Come Home" Logo

Hi there! Welcome to the Missouri State Fair’s blog “Behind the Scenes.” This blog offers readers a “behind the scenes” look at the Missouri State Fair. We will explore the Fair’s happenings in the months leading up to it, during the festivities and after the last cow and corn dog stand have gone home. Get … Continue reading “Meet the Blogger”