Missouri Agriculture Director Chris Chinn says the Missouri State Fair will take place as scheduled from August 13-23 in Sedalia. The concert lineup will be the only regular feature not included. She says that many performers have been backing out of shows this year because of COVID-19 concerns, so that helped the decision.
The fair will still feature carnival, exhibits, contests, livestock showings, vendors, and food. Chinn says fair organizers are working with vendors to make sure they have safety measures in place.
The fair will also include the Governer’s Ham Breakfast, says Gov. Parson. About a thousand people mingle at the breakfast gathering with state and national leaders of both parties.
“They have a new facility there, we’re thinking about ways that we can control the crowd size to that and alternative things,” Parson said. “We may change things as we move forward about what attendance looks like— are we going to let people be bunched up or are we going to let them be separated by bleacher rows or whatever that is.”
The governor notes that the state fair, which started in 1901, has only been canceled one time. That was during World War II.
More than 337,000 people attended the 2019 state fair.
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