115th Missouri State Fair Opens its Gates this Thursday


(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, Fair food, entertainment and many other State Fair traditions, including the Opening Day Ceremony, Parade and Queen Pageant.

“Whether you come every year, or this will be your first time, we invite all Missourians to “Come Home” to the State Fair this year,” Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe said. “Opening Day promotions offer fairgoers a chance to fully experience the Fair at a discounted price.”

The Fair’s opening day, sponsored by MFA Incorporated, will offer $4 gate admission for visitors 13 years of age and older, $2 admission for ages 6-12, and free admission for kids 5 and under every day. Many concessionaires and vendors will offer “2 for $4” discounts on this day as well. A complete list of specials offered exclusively on Thursday, Aug. 10, will be available at the Fair’s information booths.

The Opening Day Ceremony will be the first official State Fair event, beginning at 10 a.m. on the south side of the Agriculture Building. Special guests will include 100 youth representing the Boys and Girls Club of West Central Missouri. The youth are being brought to the Fair with support from KCP&L, Wade Shows, The Missouri State Fair, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, AgriMissouri/Missouri Grown and Kansas City Area Toyota Dealers. Toyota is the official vehicle of the 2017 Missouri State Fair.

The Opening Day Parade will begin at 6 p.m. and will include more than 100 units. MFA Incorporated, sponsor of Opening Day, will lead the parade down State Fair Boulevard.  Other parade entries will include the University of Missouri Mule Team, antique and classic cars, farm vehicles, the Smith-Cotton Marching Band and various Fair-themed entries.

The Missouri State Fair will also partner with Missouri Farmers Care to host the Drive to Feed Kids Campaign, which will kick off with a film premier of “Where the Fast Lane Ends.” The film is co-written and produced by Sawyer Brown lead singer Mark Miller, and will screen in the Director’s Tent at 3:30 p.m. Pairs of tickets to the Sawyer Brown concert will be available for a minimum donation of $25 to the Drive.

Great entertainment for all ages will be offered at no charge on Opening Day, including the MRCA Exceptional Rodeo at 10 a.m. and the 2017 Missouri State Fair Queen Pageant and Coronation at 6 p.m. in the Mathewson Exhibition Center. The Budweiser Stage will feature Shawn Lacy at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Madd Hoss Jackson at 9 p.m. The MRCA Show-Me State Stampede & Rodeo take will take place in the State Fair Arena, sponsored by Husqvarna, starting at 7 p.m. Sawyer Brown and Royal Wade Kimes will kick off the Pepsi Grandstand concert series at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Pepsi Grandstand and State Fair Arena can be purchased at the State Fair Box Office, open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Aug. 7-9 and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Aug. 10-20.

The 115th Missouri State Fair, themed “Come Home” will be held Aug. 10-20 in Sedalia. For more information about concerts, events and other Fair activities, visit mostatefair.com, follow the Fair on Facebook and Twitter, or call 1-800-422-FAIR (3247).