Envision Your Event at the Missouri State Fairgrounds | Sports Destination Management

Envision Your Event at the Missouri State Fairgrounds

Apr 18, 2018

The Missouri State Fairgrounds offers a winning combination of location, flexible facilities and experienced staff. From small to large productions, the fairgounds hosts a diverse range of events throughout the year including livestock shows, camping rallies, sporting events and more.

Day in and day out, our staff coordinates activities throughout our 400 acres fairgrounds. We host a variety of events with local, regional, national and international appeal: auctions, livestock shows of all breeds, sporting events, obstacle races, camping and motorcycle rallies, trade shows, conventions, receptions and even motor sporting events on our half-mile dirt track.

With 20-plus buildings ranging in size from 4,000 to 20,000 square feet of space, the Missouri State Fairgrounds has more than enough room to handle most any event. Access to the facilities is excellent, with easy parking and vehicle access. In addition, a wide range of lodging options is available, from award-winning and historic hotels to top-notch camping facilities with utilities right on the Fairgrounds.

Events held on the grounds have included Tough Mudder Missouri, BMW Motorcycle Owners of America International Rally, Missouri Democratic Convention and the Red Power Round Up.

The Missouri State Fairgrounds west-central Missouri location places it in an ideal spot for all who whant to experience Missouri’s many highlights during their visit. Many of mid-America’s favorite desinations are within a comfortable drive, including:

  • Kansas City: Kansas City Country Club Plaza, Power and Light District, Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Cheifs stadiums, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

  • St. Louis: Gateway Arch, St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, St. Louis Zoo

  • Lake of the Ozarks: 1,100 miles of shoreline – more than the coast of California

  • Branson: With family-oriented entertainiment around every corner, from Silver Dollar City, celebrity entertainers and many theatres on 76 Country Boulevard, Branson has been dubbed “the live music show capital of the world.”

The Missouri State Fair has been proud to call beautiful and historic Sedalia its home for the past 116 years. The annual celebration, held in August, has become renowed in the U.S. and globally for its premier agriculture program. Hundreds of thousands of Missourians make the trek to the nearly 400-acre fairgrounds each year. More than 30,000 entries in livestock and competitive exhibits are shown and more than 4,000 Missouri 4-H and FFA youth participate, making the Fair a notable platform for our emerging agriculture leaders.

In addition to being the state’s largest agricultural expo, the 11-day State Fair also presents world-class family entertainment, including multiple stages of professional entertainment, a grandstand that provides big-name concerts and motorsport events and a magnificent midway with thrilling carnival rides. Of course, the Fair is also popular for its food – corn dogs, funnel cakes, cotton candy and Missouri pork and beef, among many other tasty choices.

The fairgrounds is located at 2503 W. 16th Street, Sedalia, Missouri, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Districts. The nationally recognized architecture is undupllicated, making the accomondations and amenities the perfect choice for a variety of events.

With almost 400 acres, there is plenty to explore on the Fairgrounds. From the historic Main Gate that was built in 1939 to our new one-third scale replica that has recently been installed, there is beauty in the eclectic mix of new and old. The Coliseum has long been the centerpiece of the fairgrounds. Built in 1905-1906, it has been the primary livestock and horse judging arena for many years. Not only does this beautiful building host livestock shows year-round, it has been the site for performances and speeches from numerous entertainers and politicians.  Overall, the Fairgrounds is home to more than 2,200 campsites and the most modern convention and agricultural facilities in the state.

The City of Sedalia offers a unique blend of friendly folks, hidden treasures, hospitality and adventures. Sedalia is rich with historical traditions, diverse cuisine, and many more adventures just waiting to be discovered. In addition to time spent at the Missouri State Fairgrounds, we encourage spending some time exploring the local architecture and strolling through the charming downtown with its specialty shops and restaurants.

Call (800) 422-FAIR (3247) or visit www.mostatefair.com and mostatefairgrounds.com for more informaiton about the Missouri State Fair and to learn about the year-round facility. You can also follow the Fair on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

  • 2018 Missouri State Fair Aug. 9-19

  • 2019 Missouri State Fair Aug. 8-18

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