Opening Day Highlights; Budweiser Stage; Grand/Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Chickens


Come Home for Family Value Day, Thursday, Aug 8

The 117th Missouri State Fair, themed “Come Home,” begins this Thursday, Aug. 8, in Sedalia. Visitors to the Fair on opening day can look forward to the deals being offered on gate admission and at participating concessions and vendors. The day, sponsored by MFA Incorporated, will offer $4 gate admission for visitors age 13 years old and older, $2 admission for ages 6-12, and free admission for kids 5 and under every day. Select concessions and vendors will be offering 2 for $4 specials.

The Opening Day Ceremony will kick off the 117th Fair beginning at 11 a.m. on the South side of the Agriculture Building. Special guests will include Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe and Second Lady Claudia Kehoe, Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn, state and local legislators including  Senator Sandy Crawford and Representative Brad Pollitt, State Fair Director Mark Wolfe, and members of the Fair Commission. In addition, 100 youth representing the Boys and Girls Club of West Central Missouri will be in attendance and enjoy the Fair’s opening day, thanks to the generosity of many sponsors including KCP&L, McCarthy Toyota of Sedalia, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Missouri Grown and Wade Shows.

The Opening Day Parade will begin at 6 p.m. and includes more than 80 entries. This year, the parade will feature a Grand Marshal. Leroy Van Dyke will lead the parade down State Fair Boulevard. Van Dyke, a Pettis County resident, has performed on the Pepsi Grandstand stage many times since starting in the 1960s and has supported the Fair in other ways including serving as the auctioneer for the Sale of Champions. Other parade entries will include antique and classic cars, farm vehicles, the Smith-Cotton Marching Band, the World Renowned Budweiser Clydesdales, University of Missouri Mule Team and various Fair-themed entries.

Opening Day will feature the first ever Military Flag Retreat Ceremony at 5 p.m. located by the flagpole just inside the Centennial Gate. The ceremony will kick off the 11-day ceremony series honoring veterans and active duty military with a flag lowering and presentation. The ceremony is sponsored by Capital Materials, Starline Brass and Retrieving Freedom, Inc.

The Queen Pageant and Coronation will be held at 6 p.m. in the Mathewson Exhibition CenterMRCA Show-Me State Stampede and Rodeo, presented by your Area RAM Dealers, starts at 7 p.m. in the State Fair Arena, sponsored by Husqvarna, The Budweiser Stage will feature the Nace Brothers at 2, 6, and 9 p.m. Dwight Yoakam with opener King Leg will kick off the Pepsi Grandstand concert series at 7:30 p.m. with fireworks, sponsored by Bryant Motors, to follow. 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. 6-8 and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Aug. 8-18.

Live Singing Competition Features Missouri’s Best Homegrown Singer

The Missouri State Fair Homegrown Singer Contestis something fairgoers won’t want to miss! Sponsored by Bimbo Bakeries USA and located in the Budweiser Tent, the live singing competition brings loads of fun and family friendly entertainment. Singers from all over the state will compete in this exciting vocal talent event.

While at the Fair, take a listen to all of the talented individuals who are in competing for the grand prize of $500 and a chance to sing at the 2020 Fair. Preliminary rounds start at 4 p.m. on Aug. 8-11, semifinal rounds are at 4 p.m. on Aug. 15-17, and the final round is at 2 p.m. on Aug. 18.

Enjoy Live Entertainment on the Budweiser Stage

Stop by the Budweiser Stage daily at the Fair and enjoy free live entertainment. The Budweiser Stage features daily live entertainment featuring artists and bands and artists that will have you singing and dancing along.

Here is this year’s line up:

THURSDAY, AUG 8  –  Nace Brothers, 2, 6 & 9 pm

FRIDAY, AUG 9 – Cedar Creek Band, 2 & 6 pm; Members Only, 9 pm

SATURDAY, AUG 10 – Jason Brown, 2 & 6 pm; Broseph, 9pm

SUNDAY, AUG 11 – The Supermatics, 2, 6 & 9 pm

MONDAY, AUG 12 – Full Moon Band, 2, 6 & 9 pm

TUESDAY, AUG 13 – The Supermatics, 2, 6 & 9 pm

WEDNESDAY, AUG 14 Big Riggs, 2 & 6 pm; The Stolen Winnebagos, 9 pm

THURSDAY, AUG 15 – Retroactive, 2 & 6 pm; Platinum Rock Legends, 9 pm

FRIDAY, AUG 16 Little Dixie Revival, 2 pm; Brandon Lay, 6 pm; Dirt Road Addiction, 9 pm

SATURDAY, AUG 17 Jeremiah Johnson Band, 2 & 6 pm; Dirt Road Addiction, 9 pm

SUNDAY, AUG 18 Little Dixie Revival, 4 pm

Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Market Poultry Announced

(SEDALIA, Mo.) – Stephen Thomson, son of Leanna Thomson, is the exhibitor of the 2019 Grand Champion Market Pen of Chickens at the Missouri State Fair. Thomson is from Salisbury, and is a member of the Chariton Shining Stars 4-H Club. Thomson’s prize-winning Pen of Chickens weighed an average of 8.1 lbs.

The Reserve Grand Champion Market Pen of Chickens honor also went to Stephen Thomson of Salisbury. Stephen’s Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Chickens weighed an average of 7.2 lbs.

On Aug. 17, Stephen will sell his Pens of Chickens in two of 12 lots offered in the Missouri State Fair Sale of Champions. Proceeds from the annual sale benefit both the winning exhibitors and the Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture (YIA) Scholarship Program.

Many livestock exhibitors will work toward earning a place in the ring at the time-honored Sale of Champions Auction. Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Steers, Barrows, Lambs, Meat Goats, Pens of Chickens and Pens of Rabbits will be featured in the auction, which will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall. The entire auction will be broadcast live by KMMO radio online; and by KRLI radio online and on their FM station 103.9FM; on KMZU radio online and live updates on their FM station 100.7FM. The auction will also be live on the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Facebook page.

Through the generous support of YIA sponsors and the Missouri State Fair Foundation, the Missouri State Fair is able to award scholarships each year to Missouri youth. Last year, forty $1,500 scholarships, one supreme $2,500 scholarship, sponsored by Sydenstricker John Deere/Sydenstricker Genetics, and one $5,000 platinum scholarship offered by YIA supporters were awarded to youth across Missouri. Since 1992, the YIA committee has awarded 648 scholarships totaling $684,000.

A complete listing of the 2018 YIA sponsors is available on the Fair’s website.  A listing of the 2019 sponsors will be posted soon.  Anyone interested in becoming a sponsor this year, or receiving more information about sponsorship, can visit, or contact Wayne Yokley at 573-690-8987, Rodney Heimer at 217-257-6182, Sharon Topliff at 573-353-0543 or Mike Williams at 816-797-5450.