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“I can’t believe that it’s butter!” You’ll hear this statement from several Fairgoers as they stroll past the Gerken Dairy Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds during the 2018 Fair. Right inside the chilly dairy cooler stands “Bessie the Butter Cow,” a tradition that has “Come Home” to the Missouri State Fair for the last … Continue reading “Bessie the Butter Cow “Comes Home” to the 2018 Missouri State Fair”

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Welcome back folks! The Opening Day of the 116th Missouri State Fair is just 1 day away! To celebrate the gate officially opening, we are sharing 116 things about the Missouri State Fair to countdown to the event! Missouri was once a national center for the sale and production of quality mules. The mule show at … Continue reading “116 Things about the 116th Missouri State Fair Part 3”

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Welcome back folks! The Opening Day of the 116th Missouri State Fair is just 2 days away! To celebrate the gate officially opening, we are sharing 116 things about the Missouri State Fair to countdown to the event! The first Missouri State Fair was held in 1901, also the year of a drought. On average, the … Continue reading “116 Things about the 116th Missouri State Fair Part 2”

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Opening Day of the 116th Missouri State Fair is just 3 days away! To celebrate the gate officially opening, were sharing 116 things about the Missouri State Fair to countdown to the event! Before Sedalia was established as the home of the Missouri State Fair, other locations were proposed including Centralia, Chillicothe, Marshall, Mexico, and Moberly. … Continue reading “116 Things About the 116th Missouri State Fair Part 1”

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Growing up only twenty minutes away from the Missouri State Fair, I attended the Fair every year, multiple times each Fair. By doing so, I have learned from personal experience how to get the most from attending the Fair. I decided to share my own tips as well as asking Missouri State Fair staff to … Continue reading “Insider Tips for Attending the Missouri State Fair”

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When some people think about a Fair, the first thing that comes to their minds are likely carnivals and fried food. However, when I think of the Missouri State Fair the first thing that comes to my mind is agriculture. The Missouri State Fair has been teaching the public about agriculture since the very beginning. … Continue reading “Come Home for Agriculture”

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Hank Williams, Jr. is coming to Sedalia to perform as our first big Saturday night concert act of the 116th Missouri State Fair. Personally of all of Hank’s songs, my favorite is “Family Tradition.” The last line of the songs chorus says, “I’m just carrying on an old family tradition.” Every time I listen to … Continue reading “Carrying on an Old Family Tradition”

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When someone hears the word “Fair,” they may instantly think of fried foods, carnival rides, and concerts. What many may often forget about are all of the competitions going on daily at the Fair from early in the morning to late at night. Competitions involve anything from cured hams to dancing the Missouri Waltz and … Continue reading ““Show Me” the Best of the Best in Missouri”

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There’s a lot that goes on at the Missouri State Fairgrounds before the actual Fair! Many might think it is vacant with the gates chained shut. Surprisingly, the fairgrounds continue to bustle with events and people working here all year long. There are plenty of fun and interesting activities to do on the grounds before … Continue reading “10 Things to do on the MSF Grounds Before the Big Hurrah”

Meet the Interns

June 22, 2018
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Welcome back to the blog! Since I have already introduced myself, it is now time to introduce the other three interns for this summer! These ladies have been working hard to make the 116th Missouri State Fair a success! Below you will find their own stories and why they “Come Home” to the Missouri State … Continue reading “Meet the Interns”

Meet the Blogger

June 18, 2018 2018 MO State Fair Logo
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Hello readers! I’d like to welcome you to the “Behind the Scenes” blog for the 2018 Missouri State Fair! This blog will offer readers an inside look into the Missouri State Fair. The stories begin with exciting insight about the Fair before the grounds open and then after the last camper leaves! Get ready to … Continue reading “Meet the Blogger”

It Takes a Village

August 13, 2017
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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
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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
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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
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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”

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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”

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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”

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“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
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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
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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
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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”

Did You Know?

August 18, 2016
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The Missouri State Fair Offers an extensive number of amenities for fairgoers to enjoy during the Fair! FREE HIGH-SPEED INTERNET SERVICE I-Land, the Official Wi-Fi provider of the Fair, offers free high-speed internet service for fairgoers. The Cyber Café is located at the I-Land’s booth in the Mathewson Exhibition Center. Make sure to take a … Continue reading “Did You Know?”

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With only a couple days left until the Fair begins, we want to share some helpful tips with you on how to plan for your best trip to the Fair! PROMOTIONS: During the 11-day Fair, there are unique promotional highlights – Check out which day you plan on attending the Fair to see what admission … Continue reading “How to Prepare for the Fair”

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For 114 years, the Missouri State Fair has strived to showcase the best of the best in our great state.  From award-winning livestock, innovative exhibits, fabulous fair food, a thrilling carnival midway, top-notch entertainment and more, the Fair never seems to disappoint. Let’s take a step back in time and see where the State Fair actually started and … Continue reading “History of the Missouri State Fair”

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Welcome back Fairgoers! Missouri State Fair Staff has been very busy here on the fairgrounds getting ready for that 11-day Fair rush that is coming up on us soon! Fair staff work hard to maintain the historic 396-acre grounds. We thought you might like to get a sneak peak at some of the improvements you’ll … Continue reading “New Improvements on the Fairgrounds”

Meet the Interns

June 21, 2016
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Welcome back! This year at the Missouri State Fair, we have a great group of interns in the Marketing Department. After introducing myself in my last entry, I wanted to take the time to introduce my fellow partners as well. These girls have already been hard at work this summer making sure that the State … Continue reading “Meet the Interns”