SEDALIA, Mo. — The Missouri State Fair is only a matter of weeks away. The annual summer staple will have all its regular hilights – like fried food, carnival rides and exhibits from 4-H and FFA students across the Show-Me State.

KMZU’s Denny Campbell was able to chat with Missorui State Fair Director Mark Wolfe about this year’s fair, which runs from Thursday, August 9 until Sunday, August 19.

Click below to hear their conversation in Wednesday’s KMZU Newsmaker.

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“This is going to be the 116th version of the Missouri State Fair, coming up August 9 – 19,” Wolfe said. “We always have new things, but obviously fairs have a history that goes along with them that requires that you have some of those same things people expect to see at the fair this year.”

Each year, the fair sponsors a canned food drive for the Tuesday of the fair – Tuesday, August 13, where fairgoers are encouraged to bring canned food which is then donated to an area food bank.

This year, however, for every two cans of food you bring, admission will be only $2 – down from the regular $10 for adults.

The fair will boast all of its usual events as well, with livestock shows, a rodeo, musical performances and exhibitions from across Missouri all taking center-stage at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia.

To learn more about deadlines for various forms, visit the Missouri State Fair website. You can find a full list of concerts and events on the State Fair website as well.