Save Money on Wristbands and Gate Admission


Save Money on Wristbands and Gate Admission

Want to save some money this summer? Purchase your State Fair tickets in advance! Discounted admission tickets and carnival wristbands will be available for purchase starting in July. Ticket retailers include Break Time Convenience Stores, Orscheln Farm and Home Stores, Menards, and Missouri State Fair Box Office. Find participating locations on our website. Tickets can also be purchased online at Ticketmaster and on our website. These savings are ideal for families wishing to “Come Home” this year to the Missouri State Fair.

Advance tickets must be purchased by Aug 8.
$8 ($10 value)

One day unlimited carnival rides
$21 ($30 value)

One day unlimited carnival rides & adult admission
$29 ($40 value)

Visit the website for more information and list of participating retailers.
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Carnival wristbands and ride tickets are available for purchase at the Fair.  Regularly priced wristbands are $26 Monday – Thursday, and $32 Friday – Sunday, with special pricing on Tuesday, Aug 14 and on the Fair’s final day, Sunday, Aug 19.  Family packs will also be available for purchase: four tickets for $5, 25 tickets for $25 and 55 tickets for $50 (includes a value book provided by Wade Shows, $30-$40 value).

Learn more about carnival savings and find the ride list on our website.

Salute to our Heroes Opening Weekend

As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, the Missouri State Fair would like to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July!

The 2018 Missouri State Fair’s opening weekend, Aug 11-12 is Salute to Our Heroes Weekend, and once again we will honor military, firefighter, and law enforcement personnel. Both days will offer a great variety of entertainment, competitions, carnival fun, and more!

Saturday, Aug 11 is Law Enforcement/Firefighter Appreciation Day – Free gate admission will be offered for Municipal-County-State law enforcement and Missouri Firefighters-EMT’s-Paramedics with appropriate I.D. Immediate family members (spouse and dependent children) will receive $1 gate admission this day.

Saturday, Aug 11 is also Pepsi Day! Fairgoers can receive $1 off adult admission with coupon on special 2 liter Pepsi products, valid today only; redeem coupon at gate admission ticket booth.

Sunday, Aug 12 is Military Appreciation Day, Sponsored by Otelco – Free gate admission will be offered for active military, veterans, and delayed entry recruits with appropriate I.D. Immediate family members (spouse and dependent) will receive $1 gate admission this day, and $5 off Unlimited Carnival Ride wristband coupon is available for military and immediate family.

Highlights of the day include:

  • “Stars of Service” Military Resource Fair – 10 am-4 pm, South of Mathewson Exhibition Center
  • Military Appreciation Ceremony – 2 pm Mathewson Exhibition Center. The Ceremony will honor military families.

There’s plenty more to do when visiting the Fair during the Salute to Our Heroes Weekend. Learn more >>>

Free Entertainment in 2018


More than just a costume character, Rock-It is a high tech body puppet. Rock-It projects an array of blue lights through his chest, arms and face. This nine foot tall, gentle, giant stands head and shoulders above the crowds. Rock-It has an animated face with moving eyes, brows and mouth making him all the more life like. Rock-It’s hands and arms are built using a complex system of joints and cables with independently moving fingers.

Be on the lookout for Rock-It strolling the fairgrounds daily, Aug 9-19.