Photo Gallery: State Fair begins to wrap up events

Photos by Kurt Rodewald, digitalBURG

(SEDALIA, Mo.) – Larry The Cable Guy and Reno Collier performed in the Pepsi Grandstand last night at the Missouri State Fair, kicking off an outstanding line-up for the Fair’s final weekend.

The day offered concession specials and friendly competitions, including a GIT-R-DONE Challenge–top 10 must-dos at the Fair, and a Larry The Cable Guy Look Alike Contest, with the winner earning back stage passes to meet Larry. Visit the special contests link for more information, or visit an information booth at the Fair.

Hank Williams Jr. Taking Back the Country Tour will be the final concert at this year’s Fair, appearing tonight with special guest star George Thorogood and the Destroyers.  Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. show start at $30, and are also available at the Box Office.  Concertgoers will enjoy singing along to classic tunes such as “All My Rowdy Friends are Coming Over Tonight” and “Bad to the Bone.”

The Fair ends with auto races in the Pepsi Grandstand Sunday, Aug. 19.  Racing on the historic half-mile dirt track will be Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models, ASCS Warrior Region 360 Sprints and Modifieds.  Hot laps start at 5:30 p.m., followed by heat races at 6 p.m.  Tickets are $18/adult, $15/senior and military, and $8/ages 6-12, also on sale at the Box Office.

The theme of this year’s fair is “Celebrate Then and Wow.” The fair will continue through Sunday, Aug. 19.

For more information, visit www.mostatefair.com or call 1-800-422-FAIR.

Miranda Farley, Tulsa, Okla., prepares her Gypsy Vanner outside the Mathewson Exhibition Center for the “Western Pleasure” competition. The horse is owned by Debra Rivers of Triple R Ranch.

This wagon and cart, owned by the Robert Sparrow family, was used in the draft horse hitch show Friday evening.

This early 1900s replica ice cream popper sits outside the home-made ice cream concession stand owned by Marty and Diana Finch of Foley, Mo. Although the machine is mainly for display, the Finchs will use it to make ice cream for guests on occasion.


Aaron Edwards of Salisbury poses his summer yearling heifer after winning the junior division reserved champion.


David Brown, Pearl City, Ill., cleans his hitch wagon for the draft horse hitch show. This style of wagon was once used for delivery of various goods. Brown’s family, owners of Plum Creek Farms, have been competing in state fairs across the nation for 10 years.