Even though the Missouri State Fair is still a few months away, preparation for the annual event is in full swing. The Weekly Observer had a chance to sit down with Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe last week to discuss the upcoming fair and many of the events.
“Starting at 9 a.m. on May 1, you can send in your entry and your camping registration. We do it on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is really important to get to our website at www.mostatefair.com and pull up the online premium guide. You can go to your category and in there it will tell you the final deadline to have your entry in,” Wolfe explained.
Wolfe added, “The kicker is that those showing livestock have different days. The combination of the two things going on May 1, is there are livestock registrations going on and camping registration.”
Wolfe went on to speak of the camping aspect and what all it entails for exhibitors and persons with disabilities.
“The first campground openings are only for livestock exhibitors, concessions, and persons with disabilities. Those campgrounds open up for these folks to come in at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3. The prices vary from $16-$25 per day,” Wolfe said.
“Exhibitors were up a little bit. We were in excess of 29,000. It was up from the year before. That is across the board, including every kind of entry our here. We are expecting around 30,000 exhibitors,” Wolfe said.
The Missouri State Fair is known for their grandstand concert line-up and this year is no different. Opening day will see Scotty McCreery, American Idol Season 10 winner, and opener Kelsey K. Tickets for that show are $20 and $25. On Friday, Aug. 8, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will be performing their classic hits, as well as music from their new album. Black Stone Cherry will be the opening act that night. Tickets range from $20 to $35.
The concert on Tuesday, Aug. 12 will be Beatles cover band Beatlemania Live. Tickets for this concert will only be $10. This show looks to be a bit of a departure for the Missouri State Fair.
“Tuesday nights are always tough for us. You are coming off a busy weekend. This is the 50th year of The Beatles. We looked at other acts, and we have spent more money on bigger acts and we lost money on those. I think it will be an enjoyable show. Go youtube them. You will find out that they are not too bad. They put on a good show. You are talking about a $10 ticket. For $10 you will get to see a good show and have fun. It will be fun and kids can go,” Wolfe said.
On Wednesday, Aug. 13, fan favorites Florida-Georgia Line will be headlining the grandstand. Colt Ford will be opening for them and tickets will range from $25 to $45. Wolfe is excited about this show and sees it as a contender to sell out.
“Florida-Georgia Line will sell out in the first couple weeks. Wednesday night is the only night we could get them. I am quite confident that concert will do very well. We have been bombarded with phone calls since they were announced,” Wolfe explained.
“MercyMe are very good. They are very upbeat. I think folks would enjoy their show, even if Christian music isn’t their favorite. They are pretty good entertainers,” Wolfe said.
Jake Owen’s Days of Gold Tour Starring Jake Owen and Eli Young Band with special guest The Cadillac Three will be taking the stage at the grandstand on Friday, August 15. Tickets for that show range from $25 to $45.
The final grandstand act for the 2014 Missouri State Fair is the hard rock group Halestorm. Long-time alternative metal act Sevendust will be opening for Halestorm. Tickets for that show range from $20 to $35.
When talking to Wolfe about the hard rock acts appearing at the 2014 Missouri State Fair, Wolfe spoke of the different styles of performers at the fair every year.
Wolfe was asked when tickets go on sale for all the grandstand acts.
“We are going to go on sale this year with all of them on June 16. We decided to wait and go on and sell them at the same time,” Wolfe explained.
“Every year, probably the first thing we do for the next year is come up with the theme. We kind of went back to the normal type of theme. The harvest side refers back to agriculture. Hopefully it will be a good harvest out here at the fair and out on the fields too. I think the “Harvest the Fun” theme is geared towards our farmers. It is to tell them thanks,” Wolfe said.
For more information on everything that will be offered at the 2014 Missouri State Fair, feel free to visit www.mostatefair.com. The site has a complete list of everything to do and see at the Missouri State Fair. Once again the dates are Aug. 7-17, 2014.