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 rides for kids every weekend through August 27. The train’s Café Car serves sandwiches, pizza, snacks and beverages. You can book your family’s trip here.
For fairgoers looking to visit during the week, Amtrak is also offering 25 percent off through August 30 when you travel with them Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Children ages 2-12 ride for 50 percent off the lowest available adult rail fare with each fare-paying adult as well. Book your trip with these deals here.
Once you’ve stepped off of the Missouri River Runner, climb aboard one of Sedalia’s city buses for a ride to the fairgrounds. Adults can travel for $1.50 per person per ride, and kids 12 and under ride for 50 cents (cash only). Sedalia’s city bus schedule and hours of service can be found here.
Hotels and Lodging
If you are planning on staying overnight, Sedalia has a variety of hotels, bed and breakfasts and camping sites ready to host fairgoers. The Missouri State Fair’s public campgrounds can accommodate fairgoers starting Aug. 3rd as well. More information regarding lodging in Sedalia can be found here. Be sure to book your hotel stay soon, as they fill up fast during Fair time!
When you’re finished at the Missouri State Fair, entertainment for the whole family can be found in and around Sedalia. Visitors can take a break from the heat and visit the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art or make a short drive to Whiteman Air Force Base. From railroad to Ragtime, Sedalia’s rich history can be seen at several attractions across the town. Visit the Sedalia Convention and Visitors Bureau website for a list of can’t-miss restaurants and attractions.
Regardless of how you get there, train, plane or automobile, the Missouri State Fair is sure to be a great time. Take advantage of the great deals and family-friendly attractions that Sedalia has to offer- you’ll want to stay and play! Climb aboard and “Come Home” to the 2017 Missouri State Fair!