Missouri State Fair > FAQ
The Missouri State Fair is committed to providing equal access and a pleasant experience for all guests; visit the Accessibility page for detailed information.
The Fair features livestock shows in cattle, swine, sheep, goat, llamas, poultry, rabbits, mules and donkeys, and horses. For a complete listing of judged events, see the Judging Schedule. Want to enter a competition? Visit the Premium Guide.
ATMs are located throughout the fairgrounds. Visit an Information Booth during the Fair for locations.
BABIES & SMALL CHILDREN
The Family Fun Center, sponsored by Children’s Trust Fund, is a great place for families with babies and small children to beat the heat for a while and relax in an air conditioned environment. The 450-square-foot facility offers a baby changing and feeding area, complete with wash basin and baby changing station.
BICYCLES / SKATES / SKATEBOARDS / SCOOTERS
These are prohibited on the fairgrounds with the exception of motorized scooters for handicapped persons.
CARNIVAL & MIDWAY / RIDES
Information on the carnival and midway is available on the Carnival Deals page.
CONCESSIONAIRE / VENDOR SPACE
The first step in obtaining space at the Missouri State Fair is to complete and return a registration form to declare your interest and to describe your product or service.
Information on obtaining concessionaire and vendor space is available on the Commercial Vendors page.
As space becomes available, all registration forms are reviewed and Fair staff will contact those applications selected for further consideration.
The Fair hosts many contests in which fairgoers can participate. Please view the Special Contests Information in the Premium Guide for details.
Fair patrons are welcome to bring their own coolers to the Fair, provided they do not contain alcoholic beverages. Coolers are subject to search at the admission gate.
Courtesy carts are available during the Fair, sponsored by Bristol Care, Inc.
Visa, Mastercard and Discover cards are accepted at Centennial Gate, Gate 11 and Public Campgrounds.
DAILY GUIDE SCHEDULE
Daily guides are available at the Centennial Gate and Gate 11, and at all Information Booths, and are absolutely free to Fair guests.
Official Missouri State Fair Souvenir Programs are also available for free at any Information Booth.
The 2018 Missouri State Fair begins on Aug. 9-Aug. 19 – 11 whole days of fun!
- August 9-19, 2018
- August 8-18, 2019
- August 13-23, 2020
Visit the Map & Directions page for detailed information about traveling to the Fair.
ELECTRIC SCOOTER & WHEELCHAIR RENTAL
Electric mobility carts and wheelchairs will be available for rental at the 2018 Fair.
Electric Mobility Carts: TBA
Emergencies should be promptly reported to any member of the Missouri State Fair Staff or a Highway Patrol Officer.
Details about employment at the Missouri State Fair are available on the Employment page.
Treatment and supplies are available at the First Aid Station, located on the west side of the Firehouse (east of the Highway Gardens).
FREE EMAIL / SMS TEXT MESSAGING SERVICE
Receive text message updates on weather and other public safety concerns
The Missouri State Fair offers a voluntary email and SMS/text messaging service through GovDelivery. This service is made available to help keep fairgoers informed about public safety, such as possible updates of inclement weather, that could arise during the Missouri State Fair, Aug. 9-19. Messages are for informational purposes only and do not replace other warnings or directives in an emergency situation. There is no fee for this service, but individual cell phone text service charges do apply.
Two ways to sign up:
- Visit bit.ly/1XYTLbQ and sign up for the email and/or SMS/text messaging options.
- Smart phone users can scan the QR code below to sign up. Choose email and/or SMS/text messaging options.
Visit the Pepsi Grandstand page for more detailed information about the 2018 concert lineup and how to get tickets.
The Missouri State Fair believes “the more, the merrier” and welcomes groups to the Fair! Groups of 25 or more are eligible for admission discounts. Visit the Group Sales page for details.
See Accessibility (above)
HOURS OF OPERATION
Visit the Hours of Operation page for details about State Fair gate, carnival and exhibition hours.
Information Booths, sponsored by Missouri Pork Association, are located throughout the fairgrounds to assist Fair guests with directions and general Fair information.
Free Wi-Fi Service is provided on the fairgrounds courtesy of I-Land Internet Services. Free Cyber Cafe, located in the Mathewson Exhibition Center, courtesy of I-Land Internet Services. High-speed stations – connect and go!
See Employment (above)
See Directions (above)
Visit the Lodging page for information about local hotels, motels and bed and breakfast accommodations.
LOST & FOUND
If you’ve lost something during your visit to the Fair, please visit the Missouri State Highway Patrol office.
The Lunch Bunch program allows for temporary free Fair admission to enjoy lunch with friends or coworkers. Visit the Gate Admission page for details.
The Missouri State Fair Map is available as a downloadable document for your convenience.
See Carnival & Midway / Rides (above)
NON-FAIR / YEAR-ROUND EVENTS
A downloadable calendar of year-round / off-season events is available, and monthly calendar email updates are available upon request.
Additional information is available on the Year Round Events Facilities Rentals page.
Paging is available from the Paging Booth inside the Highway Patrol office for a $2 fee per page.
The only pets permitted on the fairgrounds are:
- Service animals for persons with disabilities
- On-duty police dogs
- Trained animals appearing in scheduled event
- Animals entered in scheduled exhibitions and/or competitions
Official Missouri State Fair photographers make every effort to take photographs of youth winners in front of official backdrops. These photos and cutlines are made available starting Aug. 9 for download by members of the working media.
Official Fair photographers also post the photos they take on their websites for individuals to purchase. Visit the Official Missouri State Fair Photographers page for a complete list of photographers and their websites.
Picnic tables are available in parking areas, the Kids Zone located behind the MEC Building and in the Highway Gardens.
Visit the Premium Guide page to access the ultimate guide to State Fair competitions and events. The 2018 Premium Guide will be available in April.
See Carnival & Midway/Rides (above)
Competition results are typically posted within 2-3 days beginning Aug. 10.
See Daily Guide Schedule (above)
SENIOR CITIZENS LOUNGE
The Senior Citizens Lounge, sponsored by AT&T and Nabholz Construction, is open daily inside the Log Home. Air conditioning, refreshments, maps and general Fair information are available.
Official Missouri State Fair Souvenir Booths are located in front of the Historic Administration Building and just south of the Midway entrance and are operated by the Missouri State Fair Foundation.
Official Missouri State Fair Souvenir Programs are available for free at any Information Booth.
Strollers and wagons will be available for rental at the 2018 Fair.
Single Strollers: All Day – $10
Double Strollers: All Day – $15
Wagons: All Day – $12
Taxis must enter through Gate 11 and may not go past unloading areas. All parking areas are under police protection and handled by efficient parking attendants.
See Admission (above)
Tram service, sponsored by Ag-Power, Inc. and Sydenstrickers, is available for free from parking areas to admission gates. Inside the fairgrounds, rides are 50 cents each. Senior Citizens (60+) receive free tram rides everyday, courtesy of Bothwell Regional Health Center, with a sticker available in the Senior Citizens Lounge. NEW IN 2018 – FREE tram rides for all ages on Monday, August 13, sponsored by Missouri Soybean Association.
See Concessionaire / Vendor Space (above)
Video recording is permitted throughout the fairgrounds, but is prohibited at all times in the Pepsi Grandstand.
See Electric Scooter & Wheelchair Rental (above)
Have questions about the Missouri State Fair? Contact us!