Opening weekend highlights for Missouri State Fair


Visitors to the opening weekend of the 114th Missouri State Fair will experience a wide selection of events and entertainment. Concert highlights will include Brett Eldredge with Belles & Whistles, and John Kay & Steppenwolf with Foghat and Molly Hatchet performing in the Pepsi Grandstand, and the MRCA Show-Me State Stampede and Rodeo in the State Fair Arena.

Brett Eldredge will perform with opener Belles & Whistles starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday. John Kay & Steppenwolf will take the stage with Foghat and Molly Hatchet starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for these shows start at $20 and $15, respectively, and can be purchased at the Fair’s Box Office open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Finishing out opening weekend in the Pepsi Grandstand will be the Missouri State Fair Shoot Out featuring Missouri Association Championship Truck and Tractor Pull Qualifying and Finals and Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League. Pull times will be 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. An all-day pass is offered at $20 for adults and $10 for ages 6-12. The pulls are free for children ages 5 and under.

The State Fair Arena will host the MRCA Show-Me State Stampede and Rodeo starting at 7 p.m. Aug. 11-13. Tickets to the Thursday and Friday rodeos are $8 for adults and $5 for ages 6-12. Tickets for the Saturday rodeo are $10 for adults and $6 for ages 6-12. All State Fair Arena events free for children ages 5 and under.

The Show-Me Robotics Exhibition and Competitions will be hosted 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall. The event will feature exhibitors with drones, 3-D printers, robots and electronics. A 4-H Robotics Competition, VEX demonstrations and FIRST exhibits will also be offered, along with hands-on activities for all. The event is free to the public.

Other highlights for opening weekend include a Farm Toy Show in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall on Friday and Saturday, the Show-Me State Tailgate Throwdown Barbecue Contest on Friday, Grand and Reserve Champion Mule Show on Saturday, Rooster Crowing Contest Preliminaries on Saturday and Sunday, and Military Appreciation Day on Sunday.

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Release courtesy of Missouri State Fair

Sedalia Democrat

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