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 the Fair even begins!
- Walk the Mathewson Exhibition Center
Take a nice long walk around the AIR CONDITIONED hall circling the arena.
2. Have a picnic in the MoDOT Highway Gardens
The Highway Gardens is the perfect place to sit, relax and enjoy! The beauty and tranquility of this cozy little spot will do your body good!
3. Walk your dog around the grounds
While the Fair is practically empty, it is the perfect place to take your little nugget for a stroll.
4. Take your children to the playground
The Kid’s Stage also happens to be by a nice playground and it is the perfect place to take your children to release their energy while you unwind!
5. Ride your bike on the grounds
If walking the Mathewson Exhibition Center isn’t for you, take a bike ride around the grounds.
6. Attend an Event
There are events on the grounds almost every weekend! These activities range from livestock shows to camper rallies and even weddings and receptions. You can view a year-round calendar here: http://mostatefairgrounds.com/year-round-event-calendar/.
7. Get your driver’s permit/license
You can actually get your driver’s permit and license on the fairgrounds at the Highway Patrol Office located at the Centennial Gate Entrance.
8. Camp on the State Fairgrounds
The campgrounds surrounding the fair are open all year! Throughout the week you can see people camping and enjoying the grounds!
9. Plan an Event to Take Place on the Fairgrounds
Throughout the year, several of the buildings on the grounds are not in use. That means that you can plan a wedding reception, family reunion, or event to take place on the Missouri State Fairgrounds! Reserve a building here http://mostatefairgrounds.com/plan-an-event/.
10. Buy & Pick-up State Fair Concert Tickets on the Grounds
Not only is Ticketmaster the place to get your State Fair concert tickets, but you can also come to the ticket office to find tickets! The box office is open, and their hours include:
June 26 – Aug 3, noon to 6 p.m., Monday – Friday
Closed July 4 Holiday
Hours: Aug 6 – 8 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hours: Aug 9 – 19, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily
Hours are subject to change based on holidays and other events
If you see yourself in Sedalia before the start of the 2018 Missouri State Fair, take some time to come by the grounds! Try one of the items on our list and take in the awesome features year-round that the Missouri State Fairgrounds has to offer!