The state fair will honor three different types of heroes during this year’s run.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross speak with Marketing Director Tammie Nichols:

Tammie Nichols

All military, including veterans and early recruits, will receive free admission on Sunday, the 12th of August.  Thursday, August 16th is set aside to celebrate firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics.  A day for law enforcement will be Sunday, August 19th.

Press Release from the Missouri Department of Agriculture

(SEDALIA, Mo.) – The 110th Missouri State Fair is honoring Missouri heroes on three special days this year: Military Appreciation Day Sunday, Aug. 12; Missouri Firefighters Appreciation Day Thursday, Aug. 16 and Law Enforcement Day Sunday, Aug. 19.

“We are proud to honor military, firefighters, emergency personnel and those in law enforcement during the Missouri State Fair,” said Fair Director Mark Wolfe. “It is important to recognize these men and women and their families that do so much for our great state.”

There will be free gate admission for active military, veterans and delayed entry recruits Sunday, Aug. 12. Gate admission for spouses of military and their dependent children will be $1 and children 5 and under will be free. Military families will also receive a $5 off carnival ride wristband coupon, available at the admission gates. I-Land Internet Services is the sponsor of military day and the provider of free Wi-Fi service on the fairgrounds during the 11 day event.

A new themed day will be held during the Fair this year to celebrate Missouri firefighters Thursday, Aug. 16. Free gate admission will be offered to Missouri firefighters, EMTs and paramedics. There will also be free fire helmets, sponsored by Monsanto, for kids under age 13 at Centennial Gate, while supplies last.

The day will include a Vintage Fire Equipment Parade at 1 p.m. on the fairgrounds, which will showcase vintage fire trucks and emergency vehicles from across Missouri and the world-renowned Budweiser Clydesdales. Vintage vehicles will be on display at the Show-Me Tent immediately following the parade.

The Missouri State Fair finale will end on a high note as the first Law Enforcement Day will be introduced. Free gate admission will be offered to Municipal-County-State law enforcement Sunday, Aug. 19, the final day of the 2012 Fair. Gate admission for spouses of law enforcement and their dependent children will be $1 and children 5 and under will be free.

More information is available at and by following the Fair on Facebook and Twitter, or by calling 800-422-FAIR (3247). The 110th Missouri State Fair will be held Aug. 9-19 in Sedalia, themed “Celebrate Then and Wow.”