116 Things About the 116th Missouri State Fair Part 1


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!

  1. Before Sedalia was established as the home of the Missouri State Fair, other locations were proposed including Centralia, Chillicothe, Marshall, Mexico, and Moberly.
  2. The 1927 State Fair catalog advertised a baby contest, a health contest, mining and forestry displays and a kennel show.
  3. The first permanent brick buildings were built in 1903: Varied Industries for $23,794; Commercial Building for $22,799; and the FFA for $14,000.State Fair Parade
  4. The Forty & Eight Railroad Car was placed on the Missouri State Fairgrounds as a symbol of the friendship between France and the United States during World War II.
  5. The Agriculture Building was built in 1961, marking the first completely climate-controlled building on the fairgrounds.
  6. President George W. Bush spoke in the historic Coliseum during a campaign stop in 2004.
  7. Fair Fans receive information about the Fair year round as well as a concert ticket presale codes.
  8. Hank Williams, Jr. performed at the MSF 11 times.Hank Williams, Jr. official headshot
  9. The 2018 MSF will have 6 nights of fireworks after the conclusion of certain Pepsi Grandstand concerts.
  10. The Missouri State Fair hires hundreds of adults and young people each year to play important roles in helping Missouri residents and tourist enjoy summer fun.
  11. Over 70,000 bottles of water and Gatorade were sold by the MSF Foundation in 2017.
  12. Admission tickets are available to be purchased in advance at Break Time Convenience Stores, Menards, and Orscheln Farm and Home Store for $8.
  13. The Missouri State Fair is Missouri’s largest agriculture expo.
  14. The Womans Building has been home to the Missouri State Fair Gift Shop & Museum since its debut at the 2003 Fair.
  15. In 2017, a record breaking total of $171,500 was raised at the Sale of Champions auction.
  16. Missouri’s first State Fair was scheduled for the second week in September, when farmers had a slack period between harvesting field crops and beginning winter farming activities.
  17. Philately (stamp collecting) and archaeology departments were once popular attractions at the Sale of Champions Sign Fair.
  18. In 2005 the “Drought Buster” brought several days of rain to the Fair. That summer, it rained 9 of the 11 days of the Missouri State Fair.
  19. The first Missouri State Fair was September 9-13 in 1901.
  20. The “Let’s Talk Livestock” presentation features the youth in agriculture at the State Fair sharing information and stories about the livestock that they are exhibiting at the Fair.
  21. The Missouri Department of Conservation Building will feature presentations over Dutch Oven Cooking, bald eagles, and much more!
  22. The Missouri State Fair creates a cookbook with State Fair recipes featured inside. They are for sale in the Home Economics Building for $12.00.
  23. The carnival midway opens by noon on the weekdays and at 11 am on the weekends.
  24. The Missouri State Fair website features a “Behind the Scenes Blog” with stories and information about the Fair.
  25. Off-season camping can happen year around on the grounds.
  26. Active military members, veterans, & delayed entry recruits with military I.D. will receive free gate admission on Sunday, August 12th for Military Appreciation Day.Military Appreciation Day 2017
  27. Water can be purchased for $1.00 at any information booth on the Fairgrounds.
  28. The Kid’s Stage will feature entertainment from Mr. Stinky Feet this year.
  29. MFA Incorporated is sponsoring the Opening Day of the 116th Missouri State Fair.

Look back tomorrow as we share another 29 facts about the Missouri State Fair! Get ready, there are only 4 more days till we can “Come Home” to the 2018 Missouri State Fair!