116 Things about the 116th Missouri State Fair Part 2

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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!

  1. The first Missouri State Fair was held in 1901, also the year of a drought.
  2. On average, the Missouri State Fairgrounds are used for more than 350 days a year.
  3. Off-season usage accounts for approximately half the fairgrounds’ annual attendance, drawing over 300,000 visitors to various events, including camper rallies, livestock shows, organized athletic leagues and tournaments, craft shows and youth rallies.
  4. The 8,000-seat Grandstand was erected using 60,000 pounds of concrete and 50 miles of cold drawn high tensile wire steel, at a cost of $509Pepsi Grandstand Concert ,000.
  5. The golden anniversary of the Missouri State Fair was marked with tragedy when the fairgrounds was hit by a tornado at 1:20am on Aug 20. Despite suffering extensive damage to all 60 permanent buildings on the fairgrounds, totaling almost $700,000, the Fair was back in operation the following evening
  6. First place winner of the State Fair Singing contest wins $500.
  7. BARTholomule, the Missouri State Fair mascot, makes his return for the 2018 Fair!
  8. In 2017, the Drive to Feed Kids was debuted at the Fair and was able to feed over 1.8 million hungry children across Missouri.
  9. The arrows in the 2018 Come Home logo represent the Fair circling back around and that it’s time to come back home for the Fair.
  10. The Fair hosts a Show Me State BBQ Throwdown Contest.2018 "Come Home" logo
  11. The museum has many interesting Fair exhibits and memorabilia on display, donated or loaned by generous individuals throughout the state.
  12. Concession and vendor specials are offered on special days of the Fair. Lists of all of the specials are available at information booths.
  13. The Missouri State Fairgrounds are open year around for individuals to use for several different events.
  14. In 2010 the Woman’s Building celebrated their 100th anniversary on the Missouri State Fairgrounds.
  15. Over 4,000 Missouri 4-H and FFA members exhibited livestock at the Missouri State Fair in 2017.
  16. The Missouri State Fair Commission includes 9 members from across the state of Missouri. The current chair of the Missouri State Fair Commission is Kevin Roberts from Hillsboro, Missouri.
  17. Mark Wolfe, the Director of the Missouri State Fair, has been director for 9 years.
  18. Electric scoters can be rented on the Missouri State Fairgrounds during each day of the 11 day event on a first-come first-served basis.
  19. The Opening Day Parade will start at 6:00 on August 9 on the Missouri State Fairgrounds.
  20. The Missouri State Highway Patrol Building is stationed on the State Fairgrounds the entire year.
  21. The “My MSF Selfie” spot is a photo mat sponsored by Casey’s General Store found throughout the Missouri State Fairgrounds. If you are choseCasey's logon as the “Selfie Spot Selfie” of the day you win a free single topping pizza from Casey’s General Store.
  22. In 1900, the Fair cost $15,000 to operate for the annual event.
  23. The Youth in Ag Zone is featured in the Agriculture Building.
  24. The 2018 Missouri State Fair Queen will be selected on August 9 on Opening Day.
  25. The Missouri State Fair has 4 information booths across the Fairgrounds.
  26. The Missouri State Fair creates a commercial for each Fair. The commercial can be found on the State Fair Youtube channel.
  27. Senior citizens can receive free blood pressure screening and health checks in the Senior Lounge on August 9 & 15.
  28. Free tram rides for all ages will be offered on Monday, August 13 sponsored by the Missouri Soybean Association and the Soy Checkoff.Missori Grown Logo
  29. The Missouri Grown Market returns to the Agriculture Building for this year’s Fair.

Look back tomorrow as we share another 29 facts about the Missouri State Fair! Get ready, there are only 3 more days till we can “Come Home” to the 2018 Missouri State Fair!