Opening Weekend Highlights

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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 paramedics with FREE admission to the Fair and $1 admission for their immediate family members.

Saturday, Aug. 14, will offer a great list of events including:
Farm Toy Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall.
Bicentennial Family Heirloom Recipe contest, sponsored by Greater Midwest Foodways, at 2:30 p.m. in the Home Economics Building.
Livestock shows including mules, beef cattle, sheep, barrow and rooster crowing preliminaries.
Military Flag Retreat Ceremony, honoring Jim Gaertner of Sedalia, sponsored by Capital Materials, Retrieving Freedom Inc., and Starline Brass, at 6 p.m. at flag pole near the Centennial admission booth.
• Full line up of free entertainment including Puppies of Penzance on the Kids Stage, sponsored by McDonald’s, Blacksmith Demonstrations, Hedrick’s Racing Pigs Show, sponsored by Jim’s Tire Service, Sea Lion Splash, Mule Kicker Cloggers on the Touchstone Energy Stage, and more!
• MRCA Show-Me State Stampede and Rodeo, presented by Area RAM Dealers, at 7 p.m. in the State Fair Arena. Tickets are available for purchase online and at the Missouri State Fair Box Office, while supplies last.
• Boyz II Men with Kazual at 7:30 p.m. at the State Fair Grandstand presented by CFM Insurance. Tickets are on sale now. Tickets are available for purchase online and at the Missouri State Fair Box Office, while supplies last.

Visit the Aug. 14 Daily Highlights page on the Fair’s website for a complete schedule.

Military Appreciation Day, Aug 15

Sunday, Aug. 15, is Military Appreciation Day, sponsored by Otelco- a tribute to all military service men and women! The Fair is proud to honor these individuals with free gate admission for active military, veterans & delayed entry recruits with appropriate I.D. $1 admission for immediate family members (spouse & dependent children).

Great events are planned for this day, including a Military Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., east of the Mathewson Exhibition Center, and the Military Appreciation Ceremony at 2 p.m. in the Mathewson Exhibition Center.

Other highlights for Sunday, Aug. 15, include:
Ham and Bacon demonstrations from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Agriculture Building.
Livestock shows including beef cattle, mules and donkeys, sheep, swine and rooster crowing preliminaries.
• Full day of demonstrations on the Consumer Showcase Stage in the Home Economics Building.
Military Flag Retreat Ceremony, honoring John Cover, Sr., of Sedalia, sponsored by Capital Materials, Retrieving Freedom Inc., and Starline, at 6 p.m. at the flag pole by the Centennial admission booth.
• Full line up of free entertainment including The Chipper Experience! Where Comedy and Magic Collide at the Touchstone Energy Stage , Supermatics and Homegrown Singer, sponsored by Bimbo Bakeries, preliminary rounds at the Budweiser Stage, Professor Farquar & Polecat Annie, Scott’s World of Magic Show, and more!
• Missouri State Fair Shoot Out Truck and Tractor Pull at noon and 6 p.m. in the State Fair Grandstand. Tickets are available for purchase online and at the Missouri State Fair Box Office, while supplies last.
• Motocross, Final Championship Round MO State Fair Cross Series, at 7 p.m. in the State Fair Arena. Tickets are available for purchase online and at the Missouri State Fair Box Office, while supplies last.

Visit the Aug. 15 Daily Highlights page on the Fair’s website for a complete schedule.