Center for Human Services Sensory and Accessibility Resource Tents
CHS will provide two resource tents that offer sensory and accessibility information throughout the Fair as well as an accessible map for easy/quiet traveling on the Fairgrounds. Additional materials will be available to individuals needing accommodations to better their Missouri State Fair experience. The tents will be located just inside the Centennial entrance on Missouri State Fair Boulevard and west of the Highway Gardens on the corner of Elm and Missouri Streets, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the duration of the Fair, Aug. 10-20.
Center for Human Services Sensory and Accessibility Resource Center
CHS will offer a Sensory and Accessibility Resource Center as a cool, quiet space with materials and sensory activities for individuals who may experience overstimulation or sensory overload during the Fair. It will be located west of the Highway Gardens on the corner of Elm and Missouri Streets and will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the duration of the Fair, Aug. 10-20.
- Capacity limit: Only 10 individuals including guardians and caregivers will be allowed to be present in the Resource Center at any given time.
- All persons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult in order to enter the Center.
- The Center requests a 30-40 minute time limit for those utilizing the space (accommodations can be made for those needing additional time).
- All surfaces within the Center will be regularly sanitized after use.
Sensory-Friendly Time on the Carnival Midway
CHS is also sponsoring Sensory-Friendly Time on the Carnival Midway, from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17. The sensory-friendly time is offered in partnership with Wade Shows, the Fair’s carnival operator.
During the sensory-friendly time, music and lights will be turned off on rides and microphone speakers for games will be at a lower volume. Those needing assistance may be required to have a parent or guardian sign an assumption of risk. Fairgoers are encouraged to observe each ride in operation at least one full cycle before riding to be sure they can ride safely and comfortably. All fairgoers are welcome on the carnival midway during sensory-friendly time.
Thursday, Aug. 17 is Thrifty Thursday on the carnival midway with unlimited carnival wristbands on sale for $25 all day. Individual ride coupons will also be available for purchase for guests riding a limited number of rides.