Latest Scoop for 2020


The Missouri State Fair has transitioned to a youth livestock show only.

Some of the other traditional aspects of the Fair will not be happening this year (No carnival, no vendor buildings, no competitive exhibit entries, no entertainment) . LEARN MORE HERE >>

Updated August 7, 2020

Here’s the Latest Scoop on what to expect at the 2020 Missouri State Fair Youth Livestock Show.

4-H Building

The 4-H Building will be open to the public.
Aug 13-22: 10 am – 5 pm
Aug 23: 10 am – 3 pm

Admission and Parking

  • Admission tickets and parking passes will not be required in 2020 for fairgoers or livestock exhibitors.
  • Any admission and parking fees already paid for by exhibitors will be refunded. Please allow a minimum of 4 weeks for refunds to be processed.


Cattle Exhibitors

  • Beef and Dairy cattle will still need to stall as usual; Cattle will not be allowed to just stay in tie outs.
  • Check in/arrival times will be as usual and listed to give time for veterinarians to do appropriate health checks.
  • Livestock will be released as quickly as possible after the show.

Competition Updates

Important competition updates are available at

Concessions & Show Supply

Thank you to the following concessionaires & show supply vendors for being here to service our youth exhibitors & their families.

ELM STREET – (Swine Barn area)
MSF Foundation (water & souvenirs)
Truck’s Place
Westmoreland Concessions

H & H Show Supplies
Westmoreland Concessions

CENTER FOOD COURT AREA – (Missouri St, Woods Ave & Main St)
D & H Kettle Corn
Southwest Soda Saloon
Hall Family Foods
Lakeside Concessions
McKinney Concessions

MAIN STREET – (Cattle Barn area)
Lil Trucks Place
MSF Foundation (water)
Mid Mo Feed & Livestock Grooming
Petey’s Ice Cream
Sullivan Supply
Two and a Half Men Concessions
Westmoreland Concessions
McKinney’s Fried Chicken
Missouri Grown Market
Tricor Concessions Ice Cream
Westmoreland Concessions

COVID Guidelines (current as of Aug 7, 2020)

  • The Department of Health and Senior Services is not adding any additional restrictions for the 2020 event.
  • Attendees are encouraged to use hand washing and sanitizing stations located across the grounds.
  • Situational awareness is encouraged.
  • If you feel sick, please don’t come to the Fair.
  • If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days or is awaiting test results, please don’t come to the Fair.
  • Added cleaning & sanitizing protocols have been put in place for your safety.
  • The Pettis County Health Center Board has voted to put in place a mandatory face mask order for Pettis County, where the State Fair takes place, effective at midnight Aug 7. The order states that masks are not required when individuals can maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet. As the fairgrounds totals nearly 400 acres, the opportunity exists for social responsibility and situational awareness for attendees and exhibitors. Attendees should follow the CDC and local health department guidelines and wear a mask, if not able to appropriately social distance.  As has been planned all along, the Fair will provide free masks for anyone who requests while visiting the grounds.


The employment office is no longer accepting applications for employment.


The deadline for livestock entries was July 24. Livestock entries are no longer being accepted.

FFA Building

The FFA Building will not be open to the public. FFA Building and Agriculture Mechanics entries will be accepted and judged drive-thru style in the Director’s Pavilion on August 12. FFA Building and Agriculture Mechanics exhibitors should check with their vo-ag instructor/FFA advisor or contact Jim Spencer, Jr ( for more information.

Fire and EMS

Fire Fighters Association of Missouri (FFAM) will be on site providing fire protection and the Missouri Disaster Medical Assistance Team (MO DMAT-1) will be on site providing EMS services 24 hours a day.

Goat Exhibitors

August 17 Breeding Boer Goat and Doe Shows – location moved to Sheep Pavilion

Golf carts

Golf cars only (no ATVs or UTVs) may be operated in the campgrounds in accordance with the Fair’s policy, with a permit. The fee has been set at $50.00. Golf cars may not be operated on city streets or on the fairgrounds. Signed golf car policy acknowledgement MUST be turned in to Campground Host or Business Office.

Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Hams and Bacon

The Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Hams and Grand Champion Bacon auction (typically held during the Governor’s Ham Breakfast) will be held at noon on Friday, Aug 14 in the Swine Pavilion

Judging Schedules

Judging Schedules are available at

Important competition updates are available at

Livestock Health Requirements

Find information about Vesicular Stomatitis here.

Find NEW health requirements for Swine exhibitors here.


View the Missouri State Fair Youth Livestock Show map here.

Open Show Exhibitors

Refunds will be automatically processed for those that entered the open shows

Parking and Fair Gates

All parking is free.

  • Gate 12 (Centennial Gate) and Gate 2 (Main Gate) for general public (Hours – 7:30 am to 10 pm)
  • Gate 6 (24 hour gate for exhibitors and authorized personnel)
  • Gate 8 (Swine, Poultry, Sheep and Goat exhibitors)
  • Gate 7 (exit gate only)
  • Gate 4 (beef and dairy cattle exhibitors)
  • Gate 10A (Sheep campground)
  • Gate 11 Open during Sheep and Goat check in only


The only pets permitted on the fairgrounds are:

  • Service animals for persons with disabilities
  • On-duty police dogs
  • Trained animals appearing in scheduled event
  • Animals entered in scheduled exhibitions and/or competitions

Programs (Youth Livestock Show)

Find Youth Livestock Show Programs here.


Fees for open show entries, admission, & parking will be issued automatically. Please submit requests for any other refunds in writing for our review. If a credit card was used as the initial form of payment, any Fair fees will be refunded to that card, if possible. Fees will otherwise be refunded via check. Third party service fees cannot be refunded by the Missouri State Fair. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing.

Sale of Champions

  • The Sale of Champions will be held as scheduled, Saturday, August 22 at 1:30 pm.
  • Virtual opportunities are available to watch/participate in the Sale.
  • Visit the Youth in Agriculture page – for more information.


Highway Patrol along with other security staff hired by the Fair will be on site 24 hours a day.


Looking for official souvenirs?! Stop by the Missouri State Fair Foundation official souvenir stand located east of the Swine Barn, across from the FFA Building.

Water Sales

Proceeds benefit the Missouri State Fair Foundation – two stands located west of Coliseum and across from FFA Building

Weather Alerts – Sign Up Here!

Receive text message updates on weather and other public safety concerns through Pettis County Nixle Alerts. This service is available to help keep fairgoers informed about public safety, such as possible updates of inclement weather, that could arise during the Missouri State Fair. Messages are for informational purposes only and do not replace other warnings or directives in an emergency situation. There is no fee for this service, but individual cell phone text service charges do apply.

Two ways to sign up:

  1. Visit and sign up for the email and/or text messaging options.
    • You’ll have to put in an address. Please use the Missouri State Fair’s listed below:
      2503 W 16TH St
      Sedalia, MO 65301
  2. Smart phone users can scan the QR code below to sign up. Choose email and/or text messaging options and use the address listed above.
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