The Missouri State Fair has been a family favorite event for Missouri locals and visitors, and this year, the organizers invite you to “come home!” Since 1901, families have made memories at the Missouri State Fair, taking in carnival rides and games, live grandstand music, livestock exhibitors, competitions, and much more. Others are taking notice, too. In 2018, the Missouri State Fair was recognized for excellence in agriculture education, sponsorship, competitive exhibits, and communications at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) Convention.
Special Contests: Special contests include the Homegrown Singer Contest, Kids Contest, Cowboy Mounted Shooting, Come Home Special Contest, Show-Me Robotics Competitions & Exhibitions, Show-Me Stock Dog Trail, and Pedal Pull.
Competitions and Livestock: For more information on competitions and livestock visit the Missouri State Fair website.
Rides and Attractions: There are a wide variety of carnival rides and games for all ages. Click here for more information about the carnival midway and for carnival deals.
Livestock Shows: From poultry to rabbits, goats, cattle, swine, horses and much more, the Missouri State Fair features animal and livestock shows and competitions everyone will love to watch. For a complete listing, click here.
There are plenty of amenities available at the State Fair of Missouri. They include food and drink concessions, ATMs, a Family Fun Center that includes air conditioning, baby changing station, feeding area and wash basin, courtesy carts, electric scooter, stroller and wheelchair rental, first aid, internet access, lost and found, picnic areas, tram service from parking areas to admission gates and more.
The Missouri State Fair occurs each year at the State Fairgrounds, located at:
2503 W. 16th Street
Sedalia, MO 65301
Grandstand: Acts include: Trace Adkins with Dusty Slay, Russell Dickerson with Cassadee Pope, Boyz II Men with Kazual, Missouri State Fair Shoot Out Truck & Tractor Pull, Tyler Farr & Tenille Townes, and many more.
Budweiser Stage: Shows are daily at 2 pm, 6 pm, and 9 pm. Acts include The Homegrown Singer Contest, Nace Brothers, Madd Hoss Jackson, Members Only, Wildfire feat. Molly Lovette, Dirt Road Addiction, and many more.
State Fair Arena: The State Fair Arena is home to the MRCA Show-Me Rodeo, Motocross, Final Round Missouri State Fair Cross series, Flat Track TT, MSF Truck and Farm Tractor Pull, Antique Classic Tractor Pull, Missouri Stock Antique Classic Tractor Pull, Garden Tractor and Mini Rod and Truck Pull, Bull Riding Competition, and Demolition Derby.
Free Entertainment: The Missouri State Fair offers free performances including Puppies of Penzance, Blacksmith Demos, Cowboy Mounted Shooting, Forever Simon & Garfunkel, Opening Day Parade, Professor Farquar & Polecat Annie, and many more.
Camping is available at the Missouri State Fair at the 60-acre campground just west of the fairgrounds! There are over 1,100 sites available. For fair camping, the public campground opens by 9am on Friday, August 2nd. No campers are permitted to enter prior to 7am, but they can enter through the Centennial Gate (Gate 12), located on 65 Highway, starting at 7am. Once there, campground staff will line up campers and issue permits in numerical order. Keep in mind that permits are only given to camping units only (motor homes or vehicles pulling campers.) No early lineup is permitted and no early permits will be distributed.
Some information to keep in mind about RVing onsite at the Missouri State Fair:
· Spot rental is $25 per day (per vehicle/tent)
· Nearly 850 of the 1,100 sites available have 50/30/20 amp service. The remaining sites have 30 amp only.
· Three sewage waste dump stations are available.
· Restrooms and shower facilities are available.
· A pedestrian underpass located near the campground exit connects the campground to the fairgrounds. Regular fair admission will be charged.
For more information, campground rules, maps and more, click here.
You can still enjoy camping right at the Missouri State Fair, even if you don’t own an RV. The ease and comfort of travel and on-site fair camping is easy by renting an RV from RVshare. The options are endless – you can pick up an RV in Missouri, or rent one from your hometown and travel to the fair in the best way possible.
Regardless of if you’re bringing your own RV or renting an RV, staying in an RV, you can choose to stay at an RV park in the nearby area or right onsite at the fairgrounds! Some offsite options include:
If you’ve chosen not to RV, the Missouri State Fair is located nearby several hotels. Some include:
The Missouri State Fairgrounds are located at the intersection of Highway 65 and 16th Street. Follow the directions below to get to the fairgrounds.
From the north: Travel south on US 65 and go through four (4) traffic lights in Sedalia; Centennial Gate entrance is on the right.
From the east: Travel west on I-70 to US 65. Go south on US 65 (approx. 18 miles), then go through four (4) traffic lights in Sedalia; Centennial Gate entrance is on the right.
From the south: Travel north on US 65 and go through two (3) traffic lights in Sedalia; Centennial Gate entrance is on the left.
From the west: Travel east on I-70 to US 65. Go south on US 65 (approx. 18 miles) and then go through four (4) traffic lights in Sedalia; Centennial Gate entrance is on the right
Parking at the fairgrounds is free, but VIP parking options are available for $5 a day. Handicap accessible parking lots are also available. Trams are also available for free from parking admission to entrance gates.
Tickets to the Missouri State Fair are:
· Single Day Adult: $12
· Seniors (age 60 & over): $8
· Youth (ages 6-12): $3
· Kids (age 5 & under): FREE
Tickets can be purchased at the fairgrounds box office beginning on June 29th. Box office hours are:
Box Office Hours:
June 29-Aug 6: 12 pm – 6 pm (M-F)
Closed July 5 in observance of Independence Day
Aug 9-11: 9 am – 6 pm
Aug 12-22: 9 am – 9 pm
For more information on ticketing, gate admission specials, and coupons, click here.
Planning on “coming home” to the Missouri State Fair this year? We’d love to help make the experience more comfortable and easy! Visiting the Missouri State Fair in the comfort of an RV from RVshare allows you to enjoy the fair, stress-free, and enjoy a great camping experience. Regardless of whether visit in an RV rental from us or use other accommodations, we’d love to see pictures of your trip! Send us photos at [email protected], and tag us on social media to share details and tips about your visit. Your adventures could be featured on our blog or social media!
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Please note, this is not the official source of the event information. While we try to be as comprehensive as possible, some details may have changed since the time this article was written. Please confirm final details with the official event page.