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      A soggy start to the Missouri State Fair

      A little rain didnâ??t stop the opening day of the Missouri State Fair.

      Gates opened at 7:30 a.m. for â??two-buck bonanzaâ?? day â?? admission for fairgoers 6 and up is only two dollars. For some, heading to the fairâ??s opening day is a family tradition.

      "It's just something we do every year of our life," said Linda Slack of Holden. "We used to have to come on weekends when our kids were little. But, it's just a fun day."

      The rain didn't dampen some young fairgoers' spirits.

      "It feels good," said Garret Robinett of Jefferson City. "Last year it was raining too when we came."

      As fairgoers started to trickle in, vendors finished setting up concession stands and exhibition booths.

      If the rain's got you down, there's plenty of things to do inside where you'll stay dry. The agriculture building houses dozens of exhibits, a farmers' market and lots of good information.

      "The universities do programs that tell you about what bugs are new, or what's going on with your fruit," said Charlie Hopper of AgriMissouri. "Just different things like that... there's just a lot going on."

      While the buildings are full of fun, interactive displays, one of the main attractions is always the carnival. Rides open at noon on weekdays and 11 a-m on weekends.

      Rain or shine, the Missouri State Fair is guaranteed to bring 11 days of family fun to the Show-Me State.

      Tonight's big events include the MRCA Rodeo Finals at 7 p.m., along with country star Scotty McCreery on the Pepsi Grandstand stage at 7:30. For more information on tickets, click here .