By MARCIA GORRELL/Staff writer
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The 110th Missouri State Fair, titled "Celebrate Then and Wow" will take a look back at the long history of the fair which began in 1901.
At this year's fair, set for Aug. 9 - 19, special tours of the fairgrounds' historic buildings will be given two to three times each day.
A special booklet has been put together to commemorate the history, which includes a 1910 flying demonstration by the Wright Brothers and the visits of four U.S. presidents.
Weather has also played a big part in the history of the state fair, including 2011 when 85 mph winds blew through the grounds, destroying tents and knocking down trees.
This year with record July temperatures, State Fair Director Mark Wolfe is already getting national news networks calling about how the heat wave may affect this year's festivities.
"It's something we have to deal with," he said in an interview on Wednesday, Aug. 1, with the Marshall Democrat-News. "Certainly in Missouri you never know what you are going to get."
However, Wolfe said they are set up to handle warm temperatures for both livestock and fairgoers.