Public Camping Opens August 2
The Missouri State Fair’s public campground, sponsored by Missouri State Parks, is set to open by 9 am, Friday, Aug. 2. 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 approximately 170 full hook-up sites available for first-come, first-serve. These spaces are in the blue and white sections and offer 30-amp service. Once the 170 spaces are full, dry camping will be offered.
All types of camping units are accommodated, including tents. Other amenities include three sewage waste dump stations, restrooms, shower facilities and free Wi-Fi, provided by Otelco. Visit the Fair’s website for more information.
Public Camping Line Up Process: The public campground will open by 9 am on Friday, Aug. 2.
- The public camping line up process will not start any earlier than the morning of Friday, Aug. 2.
- Starting at 7 a.m., Friday, Aug. 2, campers will be allowed into the fairgrounds to line up for camping. All campers MUST enter the fairgrounds at the Centennial Gate, or Gate 12, located on 65 Highway. This gate will remain open until 6 p.m. After 6 p.m., campers may enter the campgrounds directly through the main campground entrance on Clarendon Rd.
- Permits will be given to camping units only (motor homes or vehicles pulling campers); other vehicles (without campers) lining up to save a space will not be issued a camping permit.
- Payment may be cash or credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express) Credit card payments will be charged 2% plus $0.50 service charge.
- No campers may be left in the line-up area unattended.
- The public campground will open by 9 am, Friday, Aug. 2, and campers will be accepted in the order of their permit number.
- To expedite the process, campers are encouraged to have their form of payment ready and to also download and fill out the emergency contact form found on the Fair’s website.
Please note – No early line up will be allowed before 7 a.m. and no early permits will be distributed.
Highlights for August 15, Throwback Thursday
Come Home for the 67th Missouri State Fair Governor’s Ham Breakfast. This traditional gathering kicks off Governor’s, Legislators’, and Judges’ Day at the Fair with the Breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15.
Tickets to the Breakfast are $25 and include admission to the Fair for the day. It is recommended to purchase tickets in advance to ensure availability. Tickets may be purchased online or at the State Fair Box Office. While supplies last, tickets may be purchased at the Breakfast on Aug. 15, with payment of check or cash accepted.
The Governor’s Ham Breakfast brings together Missouri elected officials, leaders in agriculture and supporters of the Missouri State Fair from all across the state. The auction of the Grand and Reserve Champion Hams, Grand Champion Bacon and Limited Edition Commemorative Belt Buckle will raise funds to pay premiums to winning exhibitors and provide scholarships for youth in agriculture.
Thursday, Aug. 15 is also Throwback Thursday, sponsored by Buckle Up Phone Down. Gate admission is $5 for all fairgoers age 13 and over and children 12 and under are admitted free. Throwback specials will be offered at select concessions and vendors on the grounds.
Some highlights of the day include:
Missouri Travel Alliance’s Tourism Trade Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall. The trade show will showcase the best communities across the state. Enjoy free Missouri Wine and Missouri Craft Beer Tasting from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wristbands for the tasting will be available at 11 a.m. at MTA’s Booth in the Assembly Hall, while supplies last.
Great free grounds entertainment including ragtime artist Ethan Leinwand on the Ditzfeld Stage. Platinum Rock Legends will rock the Budweiser Stage at 9 p.m. Enjoy family-friendly entertainment through the day at the Touchstone Energy Stage and the Kids Stage, sponsored by Your Local McDonald’s.
Livestock shows and competitive exhibit contests for dairy cattle, Gypsy horse and rabbits, swine showmanship and horticulture.
Sacred Heart Church Catholic Mass at 6 p.m. in the Dr. Taylor Woods Youth Center Sales Arena to celebrate “The Assumption of Mary.”
NEW! Military Flag Retreat Ceremony, sponsored by Capital Materials, Starline Brass and Retrieving Freedom, Inc., at 6 p.m. by the flagpole located near the Highway Patrol Office.