Opening Day Ceremony will also dedicate new MFA Youth Livestock Arena
(SEDALIA, Mo.) – The 2013 Missouri State Fair will begin its celebration of agriculture in a 10 a.m. Opening Day Ceremony Thursday, Aug. 8, held at the recently completed MFA Youth Livestock Arena. The keynote speaker for the event will be Missouri Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler. Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe, Missouri Director of Tourism Katie Steele Danner, Missouri State Fair Queen Emily Wood, the Missouri State Fair Commission, the Missouri State Fair Foundation and Missouri State FFA and 4-H officers are also participating in the Opening Day Ceremony.
“The State Fair is Missouri’s premier agricultural showcase and has a longstanding tradition of bringing people together to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of our farmers and farm families,” said Dr. Hagler. “It is outstanding to see so many people joining in this celebration of agriculture.”
The Opening Day Ceremony will also serve as a dedication to the newest building on the Missouri State Fairgrounds, the MFA Youth Livestock Arena, made possible by the MFA Foundation, MFA Incorporated Foundation, MFA Oil Foundation and the Missouri Development Finance Board (MDFB). Representatives from these groups, along with other donors, will be recognized during the Opening Day Ceremony and ribbon cutting.
“The Missouri State Fair Commission, Foundation, and I are looking forward to showing our appreciation during this ceremony, to MFA, MDFB and other supporters of the Arena,” Wolfe said. “The new facility will serve our young agriculturalists during the Fair, and will better enable us to serve clients year round.”
The MFA Youth Livestock Arena is adjacent to the historic Coliseum and is connected to the original arena by a breezeway. It was completed in time for the 4-H and FFA Horse Show held in July and will be used for several events held during the 11-day State Fair, and then for events held year round, for many years to come.
Following the Opening Day Ceremony, the Fair fun and excitement includes a Farm Toy Show, Auctioneers Bid Calling Contest, Queen Pageant, Parade, Cowboy Mounted Shooting, sponsored by Starline Brass, Rodeo and a concert by Chris Cagle and Will Hoge. In addition, Opening Day features $2 gate admission for all ages, with children age 5 and under free every day, and vendor specials throughout the day.