New Auction Records Set at State Fair’s Ham Breakfast
Missouri Youth Benefit from Proceeds
August 17, 2014
Several Missouri youth will benefit from the proceeds raised from the 62nd Annual Governor’s Ham Breakfast held Thursday, Aug. 14, in the Director’s Tent on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Missouri Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce addressed the guests, which numbered nearly 1,000.
Results from 2014 Missouri State Fair Sale of Champions
Youth in Agriculture Celebrated
August 16, 2014
Crowds gathered on the Missouri State Fairgrounds today to Celebrate Kids in Agriculture – Youth in Agriculture Day, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation, Saturday, Aug. 16. The annual Sale of Champions highlighted the day, with record-breaking prices, raising $152,600.
Missouri State Fair Revs Up for Protect the Harvest Day
Final Sunday Highlights
August 15, 2014
The final Sunday of the Pepsi Grandstand Series will end strong, and loud, with the Lucas Oil Missouri State Fair Protect the Harvest Summer Nationals pull starting at 5 p.m. The event lineup in the State Fair Arena will also wrap up with the crowd-pleasing Demolition Derby at 2 p.m.
Missouri State Fair Kicks Off Final Weekend with Jake Owen
August 14, 2014
The final weekend of the Missouri State Fair is packed full of professional music. Jake Owen’s Days of Gold Tour will top off the country music concert series in the Pepsi Grandstand tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 15. The concert will include Jake Owen and the Eli Young Band, with special guest The Cadillac Three, performing at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25/$30/$35/$45 and can be purchased at the Fair’s Box Office.
Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Rabbits Announced
August 14, 2014
Alexandra Gast, daughter of Bryan Gast and Michelle Branham, is the exhibitor of the 2014 Grand Champion Pen of Rabbits at the Missouri State Fair. Alexandra is from Nevada, and a member of the Country Clovers 4-H Club. Alexandra’s prize-winning Californian rabbits weighed an average of 4.66 pounds.
Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer Announced
August 12, 2014
Stetson Wiss, son of Brooke and Casey Wiss, is the exhibitor of the 2014 Grand Champion Market Steer at the Missouri State Fair. Stetson is from Lamar, and a member of the Learn-A-Do 4-H Club. Stetson’s prize-winning Crossbred steer, named “Ricky,” weighed 1,325 pounds.
Farm Family Day Celebrates 56 Years
August 12, 2014
The 56th Annual Farm Family Day was celebrated Monday, Aug. 11 at the Missouri State Fair. Farm families from nearly every Missouri county were represented this day, which culminated with a dinner for them at the Director’s Tent. Local Farm Bureau Boards and County Extension Councils selected a family to receive the honors prior to the State Fair.
Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Meat Goat Announced
August 11, 2014
Spencer Scotten, son of Shannon and Krista Scotten, is the exhibitor of the 2014 Grand Champion Meat Goat at the Missouri State Fair. Spencer is from Nevada, and a member of the Nevada FFA Chapter. Spencer’s prize-winning Boer goat weighed 95 pounds.
State Fair Gate Promotions this Tuesday and Wednesday
Food Drive Day and Senior Appreciation Day
August 11, 2014
Tuesday, visitors to the Missouri State Fair can save up to half on gate admission with food donations. The fourth annual food drive is being sponsored again this year by Midwest and St. Louis Ford Dealers and Missouri Farmers Care. The gate special on the fairgrounds Wednesday will be a $2 savings on senior and adult tickets with a Sedalia Democrat front page banner advertisement.
Miss Warren County Crowned 2014 Missouri State Fair Queen
Awards also announced for Parade and Fine Arts
August 9, 2014
Miss Hanna Keene from Warrenton was named the 2014 Missouri State Fair Queen in a ceremony held yesterday, Aug. 8. Miss Keene received the highest score of 58 contestants vying for the title in the competition held at 3 p.m. in the Mathewson Exhibition Center. Miss Keene will reign over the remaining State Fair events and be an ambassador for the State Fair and Missouri agriculture throughout the coming year. Winning entries have also been announced in the Fine Arts Department and Opening Day Parade.
Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow Announced
August 8, 2014
Trey Porter, son of Doug and Melanie Porter, is the exhibitor of the 2014 Grand Champion Market Barrow at the Missouri State Fair. Trey is from California, and a member of the Shamrock 4-H Club. Trey’s prize-winning Crossbred barrow weighed 268 pounds.
Missouri State Fair’s Opening Weekend Highlights
Something for Everyone
August 7, 2014
The opening weekend of the 112th Missouri State Fair is full of thrilling activities and world-class entertainment. Concert highlights will include Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Sara Evans and Joe Nichols performing in the Pepsi Grandstand, and MRCA rodeo finals in the State Fair Arena.
Military Appreciation Day Celebrates Service Men and Women
Fifth Annual Ceremony at Missouri State Fair
August 6, 2014
On Aug. 10, Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce and military leaders from across the country will be gathering to honor men and women of our armed services at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. A special ceremony will commence at 2 p.m. in the Mathewson Exhibition Center, which will include stirring music from a military band, inspiring videos, and nearly 100 motorcyclists representing the Patriot Guard Riders.
Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Chickens Announced
August 5, 2014
Simeon Buie, son of Dan and Rebecca Buie, is the exhibitor of the 2014 Grand Champion Pen of Chickens at the Missouri State Fair. Simeon is a member of the Work to Win 4-H Club in Marshall. Simeon’s prize-winning chickens weighed an average of 5.95 pounds.
112th Missouri State Fair Opens its Gates this Thursday
Harvest the Savings
August 5, 2014
The 112th Missouri State Fair, themed “Harvest the Fun!,” kicks off this Thursday in Sedalia. More than 40,000 visitors are expected through the gates Aug. 7, many looking to reap the values being offered on gate admission and at participating vendor booths and food stands. Fairgoers in attendance on Thursday will also enjoy time-honored traditions, including the Opening Day Ceremony and Parade.
Motorsports are Pulling into the State Fair City
Missouri State Fair Truck and Tractor Pulls
August 4, 2014
The 112th Missouri State Fair gets underway this Thursday in Sedalia and will feature a variety of motorsports action. Tickets to the Pepsi Grandstand series and State Fair Arena events can be purchased at the State Fair Box Office, which is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. now thru Aug. 6, and daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 7-17.
Rural Lifestyle Showcase offered at this Year’s Missouri State Fair
Get How-To Tips from Experts
August 1, 2014
This year’s Missouri State Fair will offer a plethora of rural lifestyle exhibits, which will feature something for everyone from shopping to how-to advice from agriculture experts, and the experience is included in the price of gate admission. Many of the exhibits will be showcased in the comfort of air-conditioned buildings between the hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 7-16, and until 6 p.m. on Aug. 17.
Missouri State Fair Celebrates Farm Families
56th Annual Farm Bureau/Farm Family Day
July 31, 2014
The Missouri State Fair will celebrate Missouri farmers in new and traditional ways this year. A new exhibit, “Thank a Farmer for the Harvest,” will be on display Aug. 7-17 in front of the Historic Administration Building, and the 56th Annual Farm Bureau/Farm Family Day will be held Aug. 11.
Missouri State Fair Offers Largest Agricultural Expo In Missouri
New Dairy Goat Show Dedication
July 29, 2014
The 2014 Missouri State Fair starts next Thursday, Aug. 7 and will continue through Aug. 17, in Sedalia. The annual agricultural expo will again showcase more than 30,000 entries, representing nearly every Missouri county and nearly 4,000 Missouri 4-H and FFA youth. New this year in the livestock category will be a Dairy Goat Dedication.
Women Agriculturalists Recognized at the 2014 Missouri State Fair
Free Gate Admission for all Women August 14
July 23, 2014
The 2014 Missouri State Fair announced today two outstanding female agriculturalists, selected in a second annual contest sponsored by Monsanto. Tammy Bartholomew of Archie received the contest title of Missouri Woman in Agriculture, and Ashlyn Richardson of Lincoln received the title of Missouri Woman in Agriculture Rising Star. Each winner will receive a $1,000 cash donation from Monsanto, for a non-profit organization of her choice.
State Fair Equine Competitions start this Thursday
July 22, 2014
The Missouri State Fair 4-H and FFA Horse Show begins this Thursday, July 24, followed by the prestigious Society Horse Show Tuesday, July 29. Both events are part of the 2014 State Fair competition schedule and are open to the public at no charge.
Fourth Annual Missouri State Fair Food Drive
5,000 Cans will be used in a Massive 4-H Clover
July 15, 2014
Visitors to this year’s Missouri State Fair can help alleviate Missouri hunger by participating in the Fair’s fourth annual food drive. Fair Director Mark Wolfe announced today that the food drive will again include a Canstruction® display, which will depict the 4-H emblem and consist of nearly 5,000 cans of food.
Up-and-Coming Music Artists Perform on the Budweiser Stage
Entries in State Fair Idol Contest Now being Accepted
July 7, 2014
Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe announced the Budweiser Stage lineup today, which includes new bands, returning favorites and the Missouri State Fair Idol competition.
Harvest of Premier Ag Competitions at the State Fair
Check Out Entry Deadlines
July 2, 2014
There is still time to enter several competitions that will be offered at this year’s Missouri State Fair. While many require preregistration, some special contests accept contestants on-the-spot, including two new contests being offered this year for children.
Save on State Fair Gate Admission and Carnival Ride Wristbands
Tickets on Sale Now
July 1, 2014
Discounted gate admission and carnival ride wristband tickets are now available for the 2014 Missouri State Fair at Missouri Break Time Convenience Stores, Orscheln Farm and Home Stores and Walgreens. These savings, and the free entertainment bonanza being offered, help to make the State Fair an affordable destination for families.
Seeking Missouri Women for Agriculture Awards
Deadline to enter July 7
June 24, 2014
The Missouri State Fair is calling for entries from female agriculturalists interested in vying for the title of Missouri Woman in Agriculture, the second annual contest offered by the State Fair. The title will be awarded in two age divisions, with each winner receiving a $1,000 donation from Monsanto for a non-profit agriculture-related cause of her choice. Applications must be submitted to the State Fair by 5 p.m. Monday, July 7.
Tickets to Concerts and Events for this Year’s State Fair are on Sale Now
June 16, 2014
Tickets to the Missouri State Fair Pepsi Grandstand concerts, State Fair Arena events and Governor’s Ham Breakfast go on sale today through Ticketmaster, followed by the opening of the Box Office at noon Wednesday, June 18, according to Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe. The Box Office, also selling $6 advanced gate admission tickets, is located on the fairgrounds in Sedalia. The hours will be noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, now through Aug. 1, expanding to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 4-6 and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily during the Fair Aug. 7-17.
State Fair Celebrates Kids in Agriculture
Call for Entries in New Tomato and Poster Contests!
June 5, 2014
A new event day, Celebrate Kids in Agriculture Saturday, Aug. 16, will top the list of exciting new promotions offered at the 2014 Missouri State Fair. Activities this day will be coordinated by the Missouri State Fair and Missouri Department of Agriculture, and sponsored by Missouri Department of Conservation. The day will acknowledge youth currently involved in Missouri’s agriculture industry, and help raise awareness of and encourage an interest in agriculture among Missouri youth. Plans this day will include free gate admission for children ages 12 years of age and younger, free old-fashioned harvest games and new contests in two competitive exhibit categories. The event day will be the culmination of the 2014 Fair’s marketing campaign, which includes a heightened emphasis on celebrating youth.
Missouri Women’s Contributions to Agriculture Honored with State Fair Contest
Deadline to Enter is July 7
May 6, 2014
Starting today, applications are being accepted for the second annual Missouri Woman in Agriculture Contest, hosted by the Missouri State Fair to applaud the significant contributions women make to the state’s leading industry. According to Fair Director Mark Wolfe, the title will be awarded in two age divisions, with each winner receiving a $1,000 donation from Monsanto for a non-profit, agriculture-related cause of her choice.
Entry Forms available Thursday for State Fair Competitions
Fair Officials Prepare for 30,000 Entries
April 29, 2014
Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe announced today that exhibitors interested in competing at the Missouri State Fair will be able to access online entry and reserved camping forms starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 1, in the online Premium Guide. More than 30,000 entries are expected for this year’s annual agriculture showcase Aug. 7-17 in Sedalia. Rules, guidelines and critical deadlines are already posted in the online resource.
Missouri State Fair Pepsi Grandstand Lineup Announced
Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster June 16
April 2, 2014
The Missouri State Fair will once again host outstanding entertainment in the Pepsi Grandstand, Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce announced today in conjunction with Fair Director Mark Wolfe. For the 112th Fair, the Pepsi Grandstand will feature eight music shows and three motorsports events. The concerts include performances by Jake Owen, Sara Evans, Joan Jett and MercyMe.
Gov. Nixon announces Florida Georgia Line will play at 2014 Missouri State Fair
Other acts to be announced soon for the 112th Fair, to be held Aug. 7-17 in Sedalia
March 24, 2014
Gov. Jay Nixon today announced the first of the acts coming to Sedalia for the 2014 Missouri State Fair in August. The award-winning country music duo Florida Georgia Line will play in the Pepsi Grandstand the evening of Aug. 13. This year marks the 112th Missouri State Fair.
Missouri State Fair Scholarships Awarded to 4-H and FFA Youth
Recipients to be recognized at State FFA Convention in April
March 24, 2014
Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe announced today that 38 youth, selected from Missouri 4-H and FFA, will be awarded scholarships by the Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture (YIA) committee. These students are seeking higher education in agriculture-related fields, and will receive their scholarships Friday, April 25, during the annual State FFA Convention in Columbia.
Missouri State Fair Offering Internships for Summer Employment
January 8, 2014
College students interested in gaining work experience in the fields of marketing, public relations, journalism and agricultural communication have until Feb. 28 to apply for summer internship positions with the Missouri State Fair.
Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Deadline Feb. 1
January 7, 2014
The Feb. 1 deadline is approaching for high school seniors interested in applying for a Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture Scholarship. Thirty $1,000 scholarships sponsored by the Youth in Agriculture committee, seven $1,000 scholarships sponsored by the Missouri State Fair Foundation and one $2,500 supreme scholarship sponsored by Sydenstricker John Deere of Missouri/Sydenstricker Angus Genetics, are being awarded to qualified applicants pursuing higher education degrees in the field of agriculture.
Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Applications Now Available
November 14, 2013
The Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture scholarship application, for Missouri High School seniors graduating in 2014, is now available online at www.mostatefair.com/youth-in-agriculture. Applications should be submitted to the Missouri State Fair and must be postmarked by February 1, 2014.
Attendance trending upward for Missouri State Fair
October 28, 2013
Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe announced today an attendance of 366,218 at this year’s 11 day event. The figure reflects an increase of more than three percent from last year, and an upward trend in attendance since Wolfe assumed his position in 2009. This positive direction has had a ripple effect on the Fair’s revenue generating streams, including the campground and carnival operations, helping to put the State Fair on a more solid financial footing.