SEDALIA, Mo. – The Missouri State Fair kicked off on Thursday to celebrate Missouri’s Bicentennial at the State Fairgrounds in Sedalia. The fair lasts until Sunday and tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, $3 for youths ages 6-12 and free for kids under 5.
The fair has come back after a scaled-back event last year which only consisted of a livestock show. Activities are returning as normal this year with masks being optional for attendees. COVID-19 testing and vaccines will also be available at the fair as organizers expect approximately 300,000 people will have attended when all is said and done.
“We are proud to uphold our agriculture traditions and welcome everyone back to the fair during this special bicentennial year,” Gov. Mike Parson tweeted.
On the first day of the fair, Rosie Lenz was named the 2021 Missouri State Fair Queen. She bested 33 other contestants and was awarded a $2,000 scholarship.
The headliner of the event is Hank Williams Jr. who will be performing at the fair on Saturday at the State Fair Grandstand. Tickets for the grandstand are $30.
However, not all events are going off without a hitch. The Friday concert featuring Colter Wall has been canceled due to “unforeseen circumstances.” Those who have purchased tickets can request refunds via the Missouri State Fair website.
On Thursday, Missourians can expect a reduced cost of admission for all guests 13 years and older for “Throwback Thursday.” On Friday, the first 1,500 visitors will receive a free nightlight in commemoration of Missouri Electric Cooperatives day. Saturday will be Youth in Agriculture Day and will feature specials throughout the fair. Finally, Sunday will be a half-price day for all visitors to the fair.
Information on the rest of the Missouri state fair can be found on mostatefair.com.