Are you going to the Missouri State Fair?

Great food, carnival rides, and wonderful entertainment can be found at this year's Missouri State Fair.

Thursday, Governor Nixon a long with the director of the fair held a press conference to run through the events.

Starting Thursday, August 11th the smell of funnel cakes and carnival music will fill the air in Sedalia as the Missouri State Fair kicks off.

"It's an affordable destination. So if you're an Missourian don't travel out of state, come to the fair. We guarantee you, we will entertain you and give you a great show for your dollar, Director of Missouri State Fair Mark Wolfe said.

Once again on opening day this year it will be extra affordable with $2 admission.

After that, you'll have to pay the regular admission, which is $8.

"Dust off those family recipes and enter the pie contest. This year the winner gets a beautiful hand-made and hand-embroidered apron with a logo that says pie contest winner. It's very lovely, First Lady Georganne Nixon said.

Mrs. Nixon is again sponsoring the First Lady's Pie contest and Governor Nixon will host the traditional ham breakfast.

The Governor said he is very excited about the new Show-Me Bluegrass Festival on Wednesday August 17th.

"That's going to be an interesting day for bluegrass fans around the country. There is going to be bluegrass bands all through the fair that day. There is all sorts of places where people will be playing, Governor Nixon said. This is a great opportunity for young and up incomers to showcase themselves as Rhonda Vincent and her family did about 30-years ago."

Other headliners include, upcoming artists Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan and old favorites like the Doobie Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

You'll have to pay to see those acts, but organizers also promise plenty of free entertainment.

"We have about $250,000 of free entertainment across the fairgrounds that people can see just for the price of admission, Wolfe said.

With the heatwave of triple digit temperatures behind us, Wolfe hopes Missourians will come out and enjoy the fair.

The Missouri State Fair opens August 11th and runs through August 21st.

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