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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Missouri State Fair is themed 'It's a Show-Me Thing' this year

Mar 9, 2011,
AMSEDALIA, Mo.—— The Missouri State Fair, the state’s premier agriculture showcase, is themed this year, “It’s A Show-Me Thing!” For the 109th year, the best in Missouri agriculture will vie for awards and bragging rights from August 11 to 21 in Sedalia competing in areas from quality livestock to exceptional agriculture products. Contest entries are expected to surpass 30,000 this year.
According to Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe, more than 4,000 Missouri 4-H and FFA youth will experience the agriculture showcase, representing more than 100 counties from across the state. Buildings especially dedicated to these organizations will exemplify the students’ hard work, passion and commitment to agriculture.
Wolfe commends the dedication and enthusiasm of Missouri youth and is proud to recognize these accomplishments at the Fair.
“Some youth will qualify for top honors and be recognized in special events like the Sale of Champions and the Governor’s Ham Breakfast while others will be immersed in Fair traditions like the annual Opening Day Ceremonies, Opening Day Parade and Super Teens Contest,” Wolfe said.
In addition to being an agricultural celebration, the Missouri State Fair has likewise earned a reputation as an affordable destination for summer fun.
“The commission, superintendents and staff have again made it a goal to deliver family-friendly activities that will include an outstanding professional free entertainment schedule along with an affordable Pepsi Grandstand concert lineup and a State Fair Arena event package that includes motorsport, rodeo and bull riding action,” Wolfe said.
Pepsi Grandstand concerts will include Jerrod Niemann with Candy Coburn; Lynryd Skynryd with the Doobie Brothers; Jason Aldean with Chris Young and Thompson Square; and Rhonda Vincent with The Rage, Dailey and Vincent, and The Next Best Thing. Coming back will be the Country Gold Tour with Leroy Van Dyke and the Auctioneers, T. Graham Brown, Jeannie Kendall, Eddy Raven, Moe Bandy, Joe Stampley, Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius. Three more concerts will be released soon to complete the diverse lineup.
Concert and event tickets will go on sale via Ticketmaster starting Friday, June 17, with a purchase opportunity preceding the public on-sale-date for registered Fair Fans. Instructions for the Fair Fan free email subscription service are available at mostatefair.com.
The “It’s A Show-Me Thing!” themed Fair will also entertain crowds with a new Monster Truck Show starring legendary Big Foot, a midway with children’s rides to thrill rides, and a new Paul Bunyan’s Lumber Jack Show. Returning will be the crowd-favorite Amazing Anastasini Circus and the ever popular Vocal Trash music variety show.
Wolfe encourages fairgoers to visit mostatefair.com for announcements and updates. “The Premium Guide will be available online in early April,” he said. “This resource contains pertinent exhibitor information including show entry forms, which will be accepted starting May 2 at 9 a.m.”
The stage is being set for an incredible showcase of tradition, pride and fun at the annual Missouri State Fair August 11 to 21 in Sedalia. More information is available at the Fair’s Web site and by following the Fair on Facebook and Twitter, or by calling 1-800-422-FAIR (3247).

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