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by Paul Newton | pnewton@ruralmissouri.coop

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t's a summer tradition for thousands of Missouri families. Farmers young
and old show off their livestock, music lovers fill the grandstands, politicians shake hands, children spin round and round in the midway and of
course, nobody leaves hungry.
This month, hundreds of thousands of Missourians will descend upon Sedalia for the Missouri State Fair. The 116th edition of the statewide showcase will
be held Aug. 9-19.
Whether your trip to the fair is just for a day to see a concert or you park
your camper for a week or more to explore every inch of the Missouri State Fairgrounds, there's no shortage of activities for young and old. Guests can enjoy
some of the mouthwatering food, agriculture contests, entertainment and more
over the course of 11 days.
Want to get a look at produce that makes what you see in the grocery store
seem bite sized? Be sure to visit the Agriculture Building for the Largest Pumpkin and Watermelon contests. Other free activities include trampoline shows,
comedians, magicians, jugglers and more.
The ever-popular Pepsi Grandstand is packed with entertainment. Highlights of the 2018 lineup include Montgomery Gentry on opening night, Hank
Williams Jr. on Saturday, Aug. 11 and Cole Swindell on Saturday, Aug. 18. On
days where musicians don't take center stage at the grandstand, guests can
purchase tickets to truck and tractor pulls as well as sprint car races.
The State Fair Arena also will be busy with rodeos, motocross races, demolition derbies and free truck and tractor pulls. More free entertainment can be
found at the Touchstone Energy Stage which is sponsored by Missouri's Touchstone Electric Cooperatives. This year features musical acts, an impressionist,
auctioneer bid calling contest, cloggers and the Missouri Fiddling Championships.
In search of adventure? Look no farther than the Missouri State Fair midway. From plummeting down large slides to soothing loops on a Ferris wheel to
stomach-churning rides, you're sure to find an attraction that's the exact speed
for you. If you're going to spend a lot of time on the midway, you can save money by purchasing single-day unlimited ride wristbands. Regular price is $26 for
weekdays and $32 for weekends. Check the fair website for additional prepay

Missouri Electric Cooperative Day * Friday, Aug. 17

$5 OFF

Cannot be
combined with
any other discount

One Carnival Unlimited
Ride Wristband
Use this coupon at any Midway Ticket Booth for $5 off an Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristband, good for unlimited rides on Missouri
Electric Cooperative Day, Aug. 17.

Offer valid Friday, Aug. 17 only

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discounts. Be sure to visit the fair on Friday, Aug. 17, for Missouri Electric
Cooperative Day and clip the coupon on this page to save $5 on the wristband.
The fair wouldn't be complete without a filling meal from one of the unique
and delicious food vendors. Mobile restaurants line the fairgrounds selling
everything from fair staples like cotton candy to deep-fried oreos to brick-oven
pizza. The Pork Place or the Beef House are great places to sit down and enjoy a
burger or salad. The AgriMissouri Bistro and Market in the Taylor Woods Youth
Building features a full-service, farm-to-table restaurant serving delicious fare
sourced from Missouri producers.
Hundreds of Missouri FFA members will once again partner with Missouri
Farmers Care at the fair with a shared mission of combating rural hunger. On
Tuesday, Aug. 14, they will put together 100,000 meals to be given away, doubling what they packed this past year.
The Missouri's Electric Cooperatives Building is located across from the
grandstand on the south end of Missouri State Fair Boulevard and is always a
hit. A ground-source heat pump keeps the building cool and offers a reprieve
from the late-summer heat. Co-op personnel will be on hand to answer questions, and there are displays on energy efficiency, safety, statewide cooperative
youth programs as well as a charging station for your cell phone.
Stop by the Rural Missouri area of the building to enjoy our award-winning
photos and videos on display, talk to a staff member and visit with one of our
popular "People From Our Pages" (a full list is printed above). You can get your
picture taken in front of a mural depicting Rural Missouri mascot Buddy Bear,
or you can meet him in person if you visit the building at 10 a.m., noon or 2
p.m. daily from Aug. 9-18.
The possibilities are endless for your Missouri State Fair adventure. So,
gather your friends and family and head to Sedalia for what is sure to be another great year showcasing Missouri.
For more information about the Missouri State Fair concerts, exhibits and
more, visit www.mostatefair.com.


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