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  • Day trippin': Final State Fair fun

  • Have you ever found yourself yearning to experience a full-fledged, comprehensive Missouri weekend? Have you wanted to taste the home grown, Missouri flavors? Have you wanted to bask in the rich, Missouri culture? Fortunately for yourself, the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia offers exactly what you’re hoping for.
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  • Have you ever found yourself yearning to experience a full-fledged, comprehensive Missouri weekend? Have you wanted to taste the home grown, Missouri flavors? Have you wanted to bask in the rich, Missouri culture? Fortunately for yourself, the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia offers exactly what you’re hoping for.
    The doors open on Saturday at 9 a.m., and, kids, don’t forget your finest tomato! Make your way to the AgriMissouri Tent on the south entrance to the Agriculture Building for the Kids Largest Tomato Contest. Kids ages 3 thru 12 can submit their heaviest tomato for a chance to win admission tickets to the 2015 Missouri State Fair and unlimited carnival ride wristbands. All entrants must be at the Touchstone Energy Stage at 6 p.m. for the awards ceremony.
    After depositing your prized tomato, set your sights on a must-see attraction of acrobatics and showmanship. Back by popular demand, the Amazing Anastasini Circus has returned to the State Fair bringing flips, twists, amusement, and a memorable experience to all.
    Don’t forget to stop by one of the many food vendors located throughout the over 100-acre fair to taste those home grown, Missouri flavors. Everything from succulent, made-on-site fudge at Brown’s Fudge Shop, to fresh jerky and summer sausage at the AgriMissouri Market can be found.
    Later on in the day, find your way to the Pepsi Grandstand at 7:30 p.m. to hear the hard rock sounds of Missouri. Two bands will be performing named Halestorm and Sevendust. Halestorm has been busy touring with the other bands from Shinedown to Megadeth to Papa Roach after scoring two top 10 singles (“I Get Off” and “It’s Not You”) while Sevendust comes to Sedalia in the middle of a tour spanning nine states. Tickets cost varies, depending on where you sit, from $20 to $35.
    Get ready for more though, as the fair reaches it’s finale the following day featuring plenty of fun scheduled for the final shebang.
    If you enjoy high speed racing, you’ll likely enjoy this next event. However, this racing event belongs to more of the swine category. Of course no fair-going experience would be complete without Hedrick’s Pig Racing Show. Yes, four pigs will be released in a track, racing for the supreme prize of an Oreo cookie. These squealing athletes will undoubtedly bring plenty of laughs for you to remember.
    The main event of the day is housed at the Pepsi Grandstands, as the Lucas Oil Missouri State Fair Protect the Harvest Summer Nationals tractor pull from the Pro Pulling League takes center stage. Huge, monstrosities of trucks will compete for the championship title. There’ll be Pro Modified 4WD Trucks, 95 Pro Farm Tractors, and plenty of other giant farming equipment and equally enormous pulling vehicles. It’ll truly be an incredible sight and spectacle to behold. General admission is $25 with kids five and under getting in for free. Also offered is the Pit Pass for $35.
    Page 2 of 2 - Admission prices for the fair itself varies throughout the final days. On Saturday, kids ages 12 and under enter free. All individuals 13 and older ticket costs only $8, but seniors over the age of 60 get in for $6. And its half priced admission for the final harvest on Sunday, with adults aging 13 and over admission costing $4, kids ages 6-12 enter for $1, and children ages five and under entering for free.
    So from tomato contests to pigs racing to gigantic trucks, literally anything and everything you hoped could be available is at your disposal during this final weekend of the Missouri State Fair.
     

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