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The Missouri State Fair, along with our advertising partner, Callis Integrated Marketing, received two honors at the Region II Best of NAMA Awards Celebration in the Consumer Audiences category. Merit Awards Company or Producer-Funded Advertising Campaign Directed to Consumers Website Directed to Consumers CHECK OUT THE WINNING CAMPAIGN

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Our “Come Home” theme was such a hit in 2017, we decided to bring it back for the 2018 Fair! We changed up the look – making it brighter and trendier.  The arrows in the graphic remind fairgoers that Fair time is circling back around and that it’s time to head home to the Fairgrounds in … Continue reading “You’re Invited to Come Home to the 2018 Missouri State Fair”

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The Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture scholarship application for Missouri High School seniors graduating in 2018 is now available. Applications should be submitted to the Missouri State Fair and must be postmarked by February 1, 2018. Applicants must submit an original copy of their application and five additional copies.   These scholarships are … Continue reading “Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Applications Now Available”

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The Missouri State Fair was recently recognized as one of the best in the world by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE). During the recent IAFE Convention, the Missouri State Fair was recognized for excellence in agriculture education, sponsorship, competitive exhibits and communications.   Among the more than 30 awards received, the Missouri State Fair was … Continue reading “Missouri State Fair Receives International Recognition”

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Industry collaboration yields 1.8 million meals for schoolkids across the state (JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) – One in five Missouri children live in homes where food is scarce. According to Feeding Missouri, that number can be as high as one in three in rural areas. Missouri’s rate of childhood food insecurity is among the highest in … Continue reading “Agriculture Pulls Together for Missouri’s Hungry Children”

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(SEDALIA, Mo.)—The Missouri State Fair celebrated Youth in Agriculture Day, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Saturday, Aug. 19.  The annual Sale of Champions highlighted the day, raising a record-breaking $171,050. The Grand Champion Steer was exhibited by Katelyn Gillum of Unionville.  Katelyn is a member of the Putnam County FFA Chapter.  Her 1,355-pound … Continue reading “Results from 2017 Missouri State Fair Sale of Champions”

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(SEDALIA, Mo.) – Lauren Hammett, daughter of Nick and Rebekah Hammett, is the exhibitor of the 2017 Grand Champion Market Pen of Rabbits at the Missouri State Fair.  Lauren is from Ashland, and is a member of the Englewood 4-H Club. Lauren’s prize-winning Pen of New Zealand Rabbits weighed an average of 5.1 pounds. The … Continue reading “Missouri State Fair Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Market Pen of Rabbits Announced”

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Due to the last updated weather report from the National Weather Service, tonight’s Southern Uprising concert is cancelled. Storms bringing 40-50 mph winds are expected to enter our area around 7 pm. Information about concert ticket refunds are available on the Southern Uprising concert page.

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(SEDALIA, Mo.) – Royse Laffey, son of John and Kendra Laffey, is the exhibitor of the 2017 Grand Champion Market Barrow at the Missouri State Fair.  Royse is from Maryville, and is a member of the Maryville Saddle Club. Royse’s prize-winning Crossbred Market Barrow weighed 275 pounds. The Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow honor went … Continue reading “Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Market Barrow Announced”

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(SEDALIA, Mo.) – Katelyn Gillum, daughter of Brad Gillum and Lori O’Reilly, is the exhibitor of the 2017 Grand Champion Market Steer at the Missouri State Fair.  Katelyn is from Unionville, and is a member of the Putnam County FFA Chapter. Katelyn’s prize-winning Market Steer weighed 1,355 pounds. The Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer honor … Continue reading “Missouri State Fair Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer Announced”

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SEDALIA, Mo.) – Adam Thompson, son of Tammy Thompson and Shawn Varner and Tim Thompson and Diane Scott, is the exhibitor of the 2017 Grand Champion Market Lamb at the Missouri State Fair.  Adam is from Maryville, and is a member of the Northwest Tech FFA Chapter. Adam’s prize-winning Crossbred Market Lamb weighed 126 pounds. … Continue reading “Missouri State Fair Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb Announced”

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(SEDALIA, Mo.) – Brylee Williams, daughter of Bryan and Joni Williams, is the exhibitor of the 2017 Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Market Goats at the Missouri State Fair.  Brylee is from Princeton, and is a member of the Mid River 4-H Club. Brylee’s Grand Champion Market Goat weighed 80 pounds. Her Reserve Grand … Continue reading “Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Market Goats Announced”

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  (SEDALIA, Mo.) – Hannah Bruse, daughter of Brad and Pam Bruse, is the exhibitor of the 2017 Grand Champion Market Pen of Chickens at the Missouri State Fair.  Hannah is from Princeton, and is a member of the Moss Rangers 4-H Club. Hannah’s prize-winning Pen of Chickens weighed 6.8 pounds. The Reserve Grand Champion … Continue reading “Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Market Pen of Chickens Announced”

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(SEDALIA, Mo.) – The 115th Missouri State Fair, themed “Come Home,” kicks off this Thursday in Sedalia. More than 40,000 visitors are expected through the gates Aug. 10, and many are looking forward to the deals being offered on gate admission and at participating concessions and vendors. Fairgoers in attendance on Thursday will also enjoy livestock shows, … Continue reading “115th Missouri State Fair Opens its Gates this Thursday”

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The Missouri Travel Council Leisure Travel Trade Show will be held on Thursday, Aug 17 from 10 am to 5 pm. Vendors from across Missouri will come together to showcase their best vacation offers. This free event is located inside the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall. Vendors will be hosting giveaways that include, but are not limited to: … Continue reading “Missouri Travel Council Leisure Travel Trade Show”

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The Missouri State Fair’s Public Campground, sponsored by Missouri State Parks, is set to open by 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3. The 60-acre campground is located west of the fairgrounds on Clarendon Road. Unreserved spot rental is $25 per day, per vehicle/unit. There are more than 1,100 electrical, water and sewer hook-ups, as well … Continue reading “Public Camping Line Up Information”

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The Missouri State Fair competition schedule is officially underway this Thursday, July 27, beginning with the 4-H and FFA Horse Show, followed by the prestigious Society Horse Show, Tuesday, Aug. 1. These events are open to the public at no charge. “Equine shows are an important part of the Missouri State Fair competition schedule that we look forward … Continue reading “State Fair Equine Competitions start Thursday”

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Youth in Agriculture (YIA) Day, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, will be celebrated Saturday, Aug. 19. The Sale of Champions will be held in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall at 1:30 p.m. This event is a Fair highlight for youth livestock exhibitors and enthusiasts. Twelve lots will be sold on the sale and YIA will honor the … Continue reading “Youth in Agriculture Day at the Missouri State Fair”

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The 2017 MSF’s opening weekend (Aug. 12-13) is Salute to Our Heroes Weekend and will honor military, firefighter and law enforcement personnel. Both days will offer a great variety of entertainment, competitions, carnival fun and more! Saturday, Aug. 12 NEW! Law Enforcement/Firefighter Appreciation Day– Free gate admission for Municipal-County-State law enforcement and Missouri Firefighters-EMTs-Paramedics with appropriate … Continue reading “Salute to Heroes Opening Weekend”

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The public campground will open by 9 a.m., on Thursday, Aug. 3. The public camping line up process will not start any earlier than the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 1. A fee of $10 per night will be collected by campground staff for those units choosing to line up prior to the campgrounds opening the morning … Continue reading “Public Camping Line Up Information”

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Advance Carnival Deals New this year, fairgoers will have the option to purchase discounted advance carnival tickets to the 2017 Missouri State Fair online, in addition to four retailers across Missouri.  These tickets must be purchased prior to Opening Day of the Fair. Starting July 1, advance carnival tickets will be sold on the State … Continue reading “Advance Carnival and Admission Tickets Available for Purchase Now”

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The 2017 Missouri State Fair will celebrate Senior Appreciation Day, sponsored by the Sedalia Democrat, on Wednesday Aug. 16. Adults and seniors presenting a special Sedalia Democrat front page Fair banner will receive $2 off gate admission on this day. Lots of fun events for seniors are planned in the Mathewson Exhibition Center including: Vendor Exhibits, … Continue reading “Missouri State Fair Welcomes Seniors, Aug. 16”

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Reservations for livestock exhibitor camping are now being accepted. A livestock entry is not required at the time of submission of a livestock exhibitor camping reservation form.…Download form

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Recipients to be recognized at State FFA Convention (SEDALIA, Mo.) – Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe announced today that 32 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 at a Missouri university/college, and will … Continue reading “Missouri State Fair Scholarships Awarded to 4-H and FFA Youth”

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The Missouri State Fair offers up to 4 paid Marketing Internships and 1 paid Youth in Agriculture Internship to qualified college students. We are looking for interns that are ambitious and detail-oriented, thrive under pressure and are passionate about creative communications, agriculture and the State Fair. Applications for 2017 internships have closed.  Please check back January … Continue reading “Missouri State Fair Internship Opportunities Available!”

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Celebrating 25 Years of the Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Program! The Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture scholarship application for Missouri High School seniors graduating in 2017 is now available. Applications should be submitted to the Missouri State Fair and must be postmarked by February 1, 2017 These scholarships are possible thanks to the … Continue reading “Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Applications Now Available”

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More than 356,000 fairgoers enjoyed Missouri’s premier agricultural showcase Jefferson City, MO This past August, 356,153 fairgoers visited the 2016 Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, an increase of more than 4,000, Gov. Nixon announced today. “For more than 100 years, the Missouri State Fair has been the state’s premier agricultural showcase, and once again Fair … Continue reading “Missouri State Fair saw increased attendance in 2016, Gov. Nixon announces”

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Youth in Agriculture Celebrated (SEDALIA, Mo.)—The Missouri State Fair celebrated Youth in Agriculture Day, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Saturday, Aug. 20.  The annual Sale of Champions highlighted the day, with record-breaking prices, raising a total record amount of $157,350.  The previous record held was $153,200 in 2008. The opening lot was the … Continue reading “Results from the Record-Breaking 2016 Missouri State Fair Sale of Champion”

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(SEDALIA, Mo.) – Many Missouri youth will benefit from the proceeds raised at the 64th Annual Governor’s Ham Breakfast held Thursday, Aug. 18, in the Director’s Tent on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Missouri Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon addressed the sold-out crowd, which numbered more than 1,000. Several other distinguished guests attended the Ham Breakfast, … Continue reading “64th Governor’s Ham Breakfast Benefits Youth across Missouri”