Special Contests


aug11-21Thursday, Aug 11 – Sunday Aug 21

Kids Special Contests

Aug. 11 Hot Tomato
Aug. 12 Hands-Free Fishing
Aug. 13 Pepsi Ring Toss
Aug. 14 Sergeant Says
Aug. 15 Pin the Tire on the Tractor
Aug. 16 Little Spud Decorating Contest
Aug. 17 Don’t Step on the Cow Chips
Aug. 18 Air Guitar Contest
Aug. 19 Mom Calling Contest
Aug. 20 Hula-Hoop Contest
Aug. 21 Emergency Sponge Response Team
Kids Stage – Daily at 2 pm

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Thursday, Aug 11 – Friday Aug 12

2016 Missouri State Fair Queen Pageant
Destiny Reed

  • Thursday, August 11
    8 a.m. Interviews – Location to be announced (Closed to public)
    2 p.m. Speech and Talent Competition, Mathewson Exhibition Center
  • Friday, August 12
    p.m. Evening Gown Competition, Mathewson Exhibition Center
    p.m. 2016 Queen Coronation, Mathewson Exhibition Center
  • For more information click here

aug11-21Thursday, Aug 11 – 14,  Aug 18 – 21

2016 Missouri State Fair Idol
Budweiser Stage
Cheer on and see who takes the title of the 2016 Missouri State Fair Idol!
Download Contest Rules and Entry Form
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Thursday, Aug 11 – Friday Aug 12

Cowboy Mounted Shooting

6 pm – Mathewson Exhibition Center

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aug11Thursday, Aug 11

Auctioneers’ Bid Calling Contest
10 am – Noon Touchstone Energy Stage
For more information click here
Bid Calling Contest
Opening Day Parade
6 pm – State Fair Blvd
Parade Rules and Classes
Parade Entry FormParade

aug12-16Friday, Aug 12 – Tuesday Aug 16

Crop Up Contests
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6 pm Touchstone Energy Stage – Winner goes in the Money Madness Machine

  • Friday, August 12
    How Well Do You Know Your Spouse?
  • Saturday, August 13
    Pepsi Taste-Test Challenge
  • Sunday, August 14
    Extreme Makeover: Military Edition
  • Monday, August 15
    Family Look-Alike Contest
  • Tuesday, August 16

aug12Friday, Aug 12

“Show-Me State Tailgate Throwdown” Barbecue Contest
bbq-big11 am – East of the Mathewson Exhibition Center
Barbeque Contest Rules
Barbeque Contest Entry Form

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aug14Sunday, Aug 14

Show-Me Robotics Exhibitions & Competitions
10 am – 5 pm, Lowell Mohler Assembley Hall
Enjoy learning more about youth robotics programs in Missouri. There will be exhibitors with drones, 3-D printers, robots, and electronics. There will be a 4-H Robotics Competition, VEX demonstrations, and FIRST Exhibits. There will be hands on activities for everyone.

aug16-17Tuesday, Aug 16 – Wednesday Aug 17

“Old and Wow” Tractor & Equipment Reunion
Northeast of the Mathewson Exhibition Center
For more information click here

Old and Wow Tractor & Equipment Reunion

Senior Citizen Missouri Waltz and Other Dance Contests


1 pm – Mathewson Exhibition Center

  • Waltz, Polka, Jitterbug and Two Step
  • Music provided by the Country Ordaras Band
  • Open dancing available to the public during warm-up and between dance categories
  • Must be 60  years of age or older to enter

Click here for contest information

aug18-20Thursday, Aug 18 – Saturday Aug 20

Crop Up Contests
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6 pm Touchstone Energy Stage – Winner goes in the Money Madness Machine

  • Thursday, August 18
    Name that Throwback Tune
  • Friday, August 19
    Shake It Off Showdown
  • Saturday, August 20
    Limbo Contest

aug18Thursday, Aug 18

Missouri First Lady’s Pie Contest
9:30 am – Home Economics Building
Hosted by the First Lady Georganne Wheeler Nixon
Deadline to enter is July 25
For more information click here

Missouri First Lady’s Pie Contest


aug21Sunday, Aug 21

Pedal Pull
Assembly Hall
10 am Last Chance Pull
Noon State Champions
Pedal Pull

Missouri Fiddling Championships
Touchstone Energy Stage
12:30 pm Registration
1:30 pm Championships
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