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(SEDALIA, Mo.)—The Missouri State Fair celebrated youth in agriculture on Saturday, Aug. 21. The annual Sale of Champions highlighted the day, breaking records from previous sales, raising a total of $185,948 for Youth in Agriculture. The Grand Champion Steer was exhibited by Payton Rodgers of Savannah, MO. Payton is the daughter of Blaine and Melissa … Continue reading “Sale of Champions Auction Results”

Final Weekend Highlights

August 20, 2021
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Published: August 20, 2021 Missouri Electric Cooperatives Day Highlights Gather at the Missouri State Fair on Friday, Aug. 20, for Missouri Electric Cooperatives (MEC) Day. Be one of the first 1,500 visitors to the MEC Building on this day and receive a FREE night light. Rural Missouri Magazine will feature $5 off coupon for an … Continue reading “Final Weekend Highlights”

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Published: August 19, 2021 (SEDALIA, Mo.) – Carissa Stong, daughter of Dusty and Melissa Stong, is the exhibitor of the 2021 Grand Champion Pen of Rabbits at the Missouri State Fair. Carissa is from Sheldon, and is a member of the Lone Star 4-H Club. Carissa’s prize-winning New Zealand pen of rabbits weighed an average … Continue reading “Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Market Rabbits Announced”

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Just announced – The Friday, Aug. 20 Missouri State Fair concert will feature Frankie Ballard with Alex Miller. The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. in the State Fair Grandstand, presented by CFM Insurance. Country-blues-rocker Frankie Ballard mixes an American heartland rock sound with traditional country and blues. His album Sunshine & Whiskey produced three … Continue reading “Frankie Ballard and Alex Miller to perform Aug. 20”

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Published: August 18, 2021 (SEDALIA, Mo.) – Payton Rodgers, daughter of Blaine and Melissa Rodgers, is the exhibitor of the 2021 Grand Champion Market Steer at the Missouri State Fair. Payton is from Savannah, and is a member of the Kodiak Kadets 4-H Club. Payton’s prize-winning crossbred steer weighed 1305 pounds. The Reserve Grand Champion … Continue reading “Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Market Steers Announced”

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Published: August 18, 2021 Governor’s, Legislators’ and Judges’ Day Come join the celebration of the 68th Missouri State Fair Governor’s Ham Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19, in the newly-constructed Nucor Director’s Pavilion. This traditional gathering brings together Missouri elected officials, leaders in agriculture and supporters of the Missouri State Fair from across … Continue reading “August 19th Highlights”

Aug 20th Concert Update

August 16, 2021
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Updated: August 18, 2021 The original line-up for the Aug. 20 show included Colter Wall, Charley Crockett and Tim Montana, who recently announced they will be unable to perform. The concert will now feature Frankie Ballard with Alex Miller. For more information, view the full news release or event details. Concertgoers that would like to request a refund, … Continue reading “Aug 20th Concert Update”

Follow Us On Social Media

August 14, 2021
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Published: August 14, 2021 We’re on day three of the Missouri State Fair and we’re having a blast! Find everything you need to know about the 2021 Missouri State Fair by following us on our social media platforms! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube  to be in the know about upcoming events … Continue reading “Follow Us On Social Media”

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Published: August 14, 2021 (SEDALIA, Mo.) – Connor Keithley, son of Chad and Betsy Keithley, is the exhibitor of the 2021 Grand Champion Barrow at the Missouri State Fair. Connor is from Chillicothe, and is a member of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter. Connor’s prize-winning crossbred barrow weighed 225 pounds. The Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow … Continue reading “Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrows Announced”

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Published: August 13, 2021 (SEDALIA, Mo.) – Trent Haas, son of Darryl and Amanda Haas, is the exhibitor of the 2021 Grand Champion Youth Bacon at the Missouri State Fair. Trent is from Curryville, and is a member of the Bowling Green FFA Chapter. Trent’s prize-winning bacon weighed 7.09 pounds. The Reserve Grand Champion Youth … Continue reading “Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Youth Bacon Announced”

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Published: August 13, 2021 (SEDALIA, Mo.) – Payge Dahmer, daughter of Cory and Amy Dahmer, is the exhibitor of the 2021 Grand Champion Market Lamb at the Missouri State Fair. Payge is from Nevada, and is a member of the Nevada FFA Chapter. Payge’s prize-winning Hampshire lamb weighed 128 pounds. The Reserve Grand Champion Market … Continue reading “Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb Announced”

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Published: August 13, 2021 Miss Rosie Lenz was named the 2021 Missouri State Fair Queen in a ceremony held yesterday, Aug. 12. Miss Lenz received the highest score of 34 contestants vying for the title in the two-day competition, held in the Mathewson Exhibition Center. Miss Lenz will reign over the remaining State Fair events … Continue reading “Miss Rosie Lenz Crowned 2021 Missouri State Fair Queen”

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Published: August 13, 2021 Missouri State Fair Concert/Event Cancellation Procedure No on-the-spot refunds will be made. Refunds will only be made upon cancellation of the event by the Missouri State Fair Director. Refunds are processed as follows. Etix Phone Centers and On-Line Purchases Ticket price and service/facility charge will be automatically refunded to your credit card. … Continue reading “Dusty Slay/Trace Adkins Concert Cancellation”

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Published: August 8, 2021 (SEDALIA, Mo.) – Josie Stewart, daughter of Clay and Kayla Stewart, is the exhibitor of the 2021 Grand Champion Youth Ham at the Missouri State Fair. Josie is from Russellville, and is a member of the Russellville FFA Chapter. Josie’s prize-winning country cured ham weighed 24 pounds. The Reserve Grand Champion … Continue reading “Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Youth Ham Announced”

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Published: August 13, 2021 Due to illness, Cassadee Pope will no longer be performing. Missouri native Roman Alexander will be playing prior to Russell Dickerson on Friday, Aug. 13. Concertgoers that would like to request a refund can find information here. If you purchased your ticket online or by phone from Etix Visit Etix at … Continue reading “Roman Alexander Now Opening for Russell Dickerson”

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Published: August 12, 2021 Join us in a salute to our heroes during opening weekend, Aug. 14 and Aug. 15, at the 2021 Missouri State Fair Salute to Our Heroes Opening Weekend – Law Enforcement/Firefighter Appreciation Day, sponsored by Pepsi, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 14, showing our appreciation to law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, and … Continue reading “Opening Weekend Highlights”

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Published: August 12, 2021 (SEDALIA, Mo.) – Rylee Anderson, daughter of Brad and Lori Anderson, is the exhibitor of the 2021 Grand Champion Market Goat at the Missouri State Fair. Rylee is from Chillicothe, and is a member of the Liberty 4-H Club. Rylee’s prize-winning goat weighed 79 pounds. The Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat … Continue reading “Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Market Goats Announced”

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Published: August 11, 2021 Advanced Ticket Last Day Today is the last day to save on admission and carnival tickets for the 2021 Missouri State Fair! Purchase online on the Missouri State Fair website or stop in to your local Break Time Convenience Stores or Orscheln Farm and Home Stores for discounted advance admission and … Continue reading “Last Call for Advanced Tickets, Aug 20 Highlights; Fair Prep”

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(SEDALIA, Mo.) – Hayden Duncan, son of Kevin and Diana Duncan, is the exhibitor of the 2021 Grand Champion Market Pen of Chickens at the Missouri State Fair. Hayden is from Centertown and is a member of the Columbia FFA Chapter. Hayden’s prize-winning pen of chickens weighed 7 pounds. The Reserve Grand Champion Market Pen … Continue reading “Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Market Pens of Chickens Announced”

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Published: August 9, 2021 Join the Celebration on Opening Day, Aug 12 The 119th Missouri State Fair begins this Thursday in Sedalia. Many are looking forward to the deals on gate admission and at participating concessions and vendors. The Fair’s Opening Day, sponsored by VisitMO.com, offers $4 gate admission for fairgoers 13 years and older, … Continue reading “Opening Day Highlights; Bud Stage; Homegrown Singer Contest”

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Published: Aug 6, 2021 Senior Appreciation Day, Aug 18 Fairgoers can enjoy “Our Missouri Celebration” at the 119th Missouri State Fair and celebrate Senior Appreciation Day sponsored by The Sedalia Democrat on Wednesday, Aug. 18! Fairgoers can receive $2 off adult and senior gate admission with a special front page sticker available on the Aug. … Continue reading “Aug 18 Highlights; Pepsi Promo; Trams”

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Fair Motorsports Events Missouri State Fair motorsport events are fun for the whole family offering both free and ticketed options. Tickets for all events are on sale now and can be purchased at the State Fair Box Office or online. This year’s motorsports lineup consists of the following: STATE FAIR ARENA Sunday, Aug. 15, 7 … Continue reading “Motorsports & Aug 16 Highlights”

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Just Announced – State Fair Grandstand John Stamos will be performing with The Beach Boys during our show at the Missouri State Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 18! Stamos is a two-time Emmy© Award nominated television, film and theater actor and producer with a career spanning many decades. A gifted drummer, singer and musician, Stamos has … Continue reading “The Beach Boys with special guest John Stamos”

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Published: August 2, 2021 Public Camping Line-Up Begins Aug. 6 The Missouri State Fair’s public campground, sponsored by Missouri State Parks, is set to open by 9 am, Friday, Aug. 6. The 60-acre campground is located west of the fairgrounds on Clarendon Road. Unreserved spot rental is $35 per day, per vehicle/unit. There are approximately … Continue reading “Public Camping Line-Up; Aug. 19 Highlights”

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Published: August 2, 2021 Veterans/Active Military Honored at the 2021 Missouri State Fair Join us in celebrating the men and women who have served or are serving our amazing country at the daily Military Flag Retreat Ceremony, sponsored by Capital Materials, Retrieving Freedom, Inc., and Starline Brass. A total of eleven veterans/active duty service members … Continue reading “Veterans/Active Military Members Honored at the Fair”

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Published: July 23, 2021 Celebrate Conservation on Friday, August 13 Join us at the Missouri State Fair on Friday, Aug. 13, for Missouri Department of Conservation Day. Fairgoers will enjoy visiting the Conservation Building from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for live animal exhibits and demonstrations. Lots of other great activities planned for Aug. 13 … Continue reading “Celebrate Conservation on Fri, Aug 13; Equine Shows Start Soon”

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Published: July 20, 2021 $2 Tuesday, Aug 17! Gear up for big savings on $2 Tuesday, Aug 17, at the Missouri State Fair, and get ready to make an impact by supporting the Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive. We are excited to offer $2 gate admission with minimum donation of 2 cans of food or … Continue reading “Celebrate $2 Tuesday on Aug 17; Concert & Event Tickets Still Available”

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Published: July 15, 2021 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 artists and bands that will have you singing and dancing along. Here is this year’s line up: • Thursday, Aug. 12: The Nace Brothers 2, 6 … Continue reading “Budweiser Stage; Homegrown Singer; New Free Entertainment”

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Published: July 9, 2021 Opening Weekend Highlights Join us in a salute to our heroes Opening Weekend, Aug. 14 and Aug. 15, at the 2021 Missouri State Fair! Salute to Our Heroes Opening Weekend Law Enforcement/Firefighter Appreciation Day will take place on Saturday, Aug. 14, showing our appreciation to law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics with … Continue reading “Join us for Opening Weekend, Aug 14-15”

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Published: July 7, 2021 Join Us for Missouri’s Largest Agricultural Expo The Missouri State Fair prides itself on offering agriculture education opportunities to thousands of fairgoers each year. Fun and interactive events, exhibits, competitions and shows held throughout the 11 days of the Fair are aimed to keep Missouri’s number one industry at the forefront. … Continue reading “Celebrate Agriculture at the 2021 Missouri State Fair”

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Published: July 2, 2021 Purchase Advance Gate Admission & Carnival Tickets Now & Save Advance gate admission and carnival tickets for the 2021 Missouri State Fair are now on sale! Visit your local Break Time Convenience Store and Orscheln Farm and Home Store to purchase carnival and admission tickets in-person, or enjoy big savings from the … Continue reading “Advanced Admission and Carnival On Sale Now!!”

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Published: July 1, 2021 State Fair Concert and Event Tickets on Sale Now Missouri State Fair concert and event tickets are on sale now! This includes all concerts and events in the State Fair Grandstand, presented by CFM Insurance, State Fair Arena events, the Governor’s Ham Breakfast and $10 advanced gate admission. These tickets will … Continue reading “State Fair Box Office Open For All Ticket Sales”

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Note: Updated July 6, 2021 –  The deadline for nominations has passed. Stay tuned for the announcement of the 11 individuals who will be honored at the 2021 Missouri State Fair! Published: June 28, 2021 Nominate a Veteran/Active Military Service Member Today The deadline to nominate a Missouri veteran/active duty service member for the 2021 … Continue reading “Nominate a Veteran/Active Military Service Member Today!”

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Published: June 22, 2021 Entry Deadlines Approaching We are just 50 days out from “Our Missouri Celebration” at the 2021 Missouri State Fair! Please consider checking out all of the contests & livestock shows the Fair has to offer. Important deadlines for some entries are approaching quickly. July 1: 4-H/FFA & Open Livestock Entries July 15: Queen Contest July 20: Agriculture: Country Hams, Mild Cured … Continue reading “Entry Deadlines Approaching July 1”

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Final Four Nights of Missouri State Fair Concerts Announced 2021 State Fair Grandstand presented by CFM Insurance The final four nights of concerts in the Missouri State Fair Grandstand presented by CFM Insurance have just been announced. The Beach Boys will entertain audiences on the State Fair Grandstand stage on Wednesday, Aug 18. As The … Continue reading “Final Four Nights of Missouri State Fair Concerts”

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Published: May 12, 2021 Entries now being accepted for livestock and competitive exhibits Entries are now being accepted online for all State Fair livestock shows and competitive exhibits. Complete rules and regulations for all shows and contests are available in the online Premium Guide.  All entrants must complete the vendor input form to receive premium … Continue reading “Become a State Fair Exhibitor”

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Published: May 10, 2021 First Four Nights of Missouri State Fair Concerts Announced 2021 State Fair Grandstand presented by CFM Insurance The Missouri State Fair is excited to announce the first four concerts for the 2021 State Fair Grandstand presented by CFM Insurance. Trace Adkins will open the 2021 grandstand concert series on Opening Day, … Continue reading “State Fair Concerts are Back!”

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Published: April 13, 2021 State Fair Premium Guide Now Available Online Exhibitors encouraged to enter via online portal Missouri State Fair exhibitors interested in competing at the State Fair this year can now access the Premium Guide, a comprehensive tool for State Fair exhibitors, on the Fair’s website, mostatefair.com. The Premium Guide includes important rules and … Continue reading “Missouri State Fair Premium Guide and Exhibitor Camping Info”

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Story update as of April 26, 2021: The original story, posted on April 6, listed the original recipients of the scholarship. Schyler Angell will be attending college out of state and therefore is unable to accept the scholarship. Libby Endicott, of Gallatin, replaces Schyler as a recipient of a $2,500 supreme scholarship offered by the … Continue reading “Missouri State Fair Awards Scholarships to 4-H and FFA Youth”

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Published: March 22, 2021 State Fair staff and superintendents are making plans to bring back a traditional Missouri State Fair, Aug. 12-22, in Sedalia. A compete line up of livestock shows and competitive exhibits, concerts, motorsports events, rodeo and bull riding, vendors and concessionaires, carnival midway, special events and more is in the planning stages … Continue reading “Join “Our Missouri Celebration,” Aug 12-22 in Sedalia”

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Published: December 9, 2020 The Missouri State Fair recently celebrated many honors at the 2020 International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) virtual convention. Among the awards received included the prestigious Agriculture Judges’ Choice Award for the new first-time exhibitor grant program. The program was facilitated and in partnership with the Missouri State Fair Foundation. The Agriculture Judges’ Choice Award … Continue reading “Missouri State Fair Wins Big at IAFE Virtual Convention”

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Published: November 5, 2020 The Missouri State Fair and the Youth in Agriculture Committee are accepting applications for Youth in Agriculture scholarships for Missouri high school seniors graduating in 2021. The application form can be found on the Fair’s website. Applications should be submitted to the Missouri State Fair and must be postmarked by February 1, … Continue reading “Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Applications Now Available”