Public camping opens Thursday at Fair

Public campgrounds at the Missouri State Fair will open by 9 a.m. Thursday. The 60-acre facility, adjacent to the Fairgrounds on Clarendon Road, makes camping a convenient and affordable way for visitors to enjoy the State Fair for multiple days.

“Camping has always been a popular activity at the Fair,” Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe said. “Our campground is very accommodating, allowing a variety of camping units, from recreational vehicles to tents.”

Unreserved campsite rentals will be offered beginning Thursday on a first-come basis at a rate of $20 per day per vehicle or tent. The campground office is located at the north campground entrance and accepts cash and major credit cards. A pedestrian underpass and admission gate are located between the campground and the fairgrounds, and campers can purchase a daily admission wristband for convenience when walking between the two areas during the Fair.

More than 1,100 sites have electrical, water and sewer hook-ups, and more than 200 are equipped with 50/30/20 amp outlets; there are no 110-volt outlets. Other amenities include three sewage-waste dump stations, restrooms, shower facilities and free Wi-Fi service, provided by I-Land Internet Services. Visit the Fair’s website for more information about camping, including golf cart and ATV rules and other policies.

To help keep campers informed, the Missouri State Fair, together with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, will offer a voluntary text messaging service called Nixle. A specific list has been established for campers. To sign up for the free camping text message service, send a text from your cell phone to 888777 with the passcode MOCAMPGRN15 in the message area. Your provider’s texting rates will apply.

The service will also be available to all fairgoers, to be added to this list send a text to 888777 with the passcode MOSTATEFAIR. The lists will be automatically terminated upon the conclusion of this year’s State Fair.

Nixle is being offered to help keep fairgoers updated about possible threats of inclement weather and other potential public safety concerns that could arise during the Fair, Aug.13-23. This service is not intended to be a primary source of weather warnings, as cell phone service can be unpredictable. Messages are for informational purposes only and do not replace other warnings or directives in an emergency situation.

The 113th Missouri State Fair, themed “Show Offs Welcome!” will be hosted Aug. 13-23 in Sedalia. For more information about concerts, events and other Fair activities, visit, follow the Fair on Facebook and Twitter, or call 1-800-422-FAIR (3247).

Release courtesy of Missouri State Fair

Sedalia Democrat

Release courtesy of Missouri State Fair

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