Missouri State Fairgrounds – COVID-19 response:
On Monday, April 27, 2020, Governor Mike Parson announced the first phase of the “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan outlining how Missouri will gradually begin to reopen economic and social activity on Monday, May 4, 2020. This framework allows the state to work through a gradual reopening but also allows for flexibility based on changing situations.
Locally in Pettis County, COVID-19 numbers continue to increase daily putting the Missouri State Fairgrounds in a different situation than many cities and counties across Missouri. We have been working closely with our city, county, and state leaders to make decisions regarding our off-season events.
Due to the recommended precautions outlined in Phase 1 of the Recovery Plan such as social distancing, infection precaution measures, and proper hygiene protocols, the number and growth of COVID-19 cases in Pettis County, and the nature of the events hosted on the Missouri State Fairgrounds, we have made the difficult decision to extend our event cancellations through May 31, 2020.
We will continue to do our best to work with our valued event promoters to reschedule, refund, and/or cancel these events.
Additionally, the Mathewson Exhibition Center will remain closed for walking during this time. Our public campgrounds will remain closed due to facility upgrade construction generously funded by our state legislature. The Missouri State Fair Administration Office will remain staffed during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
These are certainly unprecedented and unpredictable times. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to work through these challenging times together.
In the interest of public health related to COVID-19 concerns, all events scheduled to be held on the Missouri State Fairgrounds between now and May 10, 2020 have been canceled. These actions are in accordance with the latest guidance from the CDC and are necessary to protect the health of your family, friends and neighbors. Like many organizations and individuals, we are monitoring the situation and assessing any new impacts and updates on a daily basis.
Additionally, the Mathewson Exhibition Center will be closed for walking until further notice.
The Missouri State Fair Administration Offices will remain open during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Please note: these closure dates may be shortened or prolonged as more information and guidelines are released.
If you have questions or need more information related to Missouri’s COVID-19 response, please visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ website
or call the 24-hour hotline at (877) 435-8411.
We thank you for your understanding during this time.
Welcome to the Missouri State Fairgrounds!
The Missouri State Fairgrounds offers a winning combination of location, flexible facilities and experienced staff. Whatever the size of your event, if you need to rent a Midwest location, we’ve got you covered. Our team is ready to make your rental experience a success the first time and every time. Day in and day out, we coordinate 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, camping and motorcycle rallies, trade shows, conventions, receptions and even motor sporting events on our half-mile dirt track.
The Missouri State Fairgrounds’ West-Central Missouri location places it in an ideal spot for all who want to experience Missouri’s many highlights during their visit. Many of mid-America’s favorite destinations are within a comfortable drive, including:
- Kansas City Country Club Plaza
- St. Louis Gateway Arch
- Lake of the Ozarks (1,100 miles of shoreline – more than the coast of California!)
- Branson (with family-oriented entertainment around every corner, from Silver Dollar City to celebrity entertainers and bright new stars in theaters on 76 Country Boulevard: “the live music show capital of the world”)
Sedalia entertains visitors with its own variety of amenities and attractions, including:
- Antique stores
- The Katy Depot Museum
- Katy Trail State Park, the nation’s longest rails-to-trails project, a beautiful trail designed for walking, biking and horse rides
- The renowned Daum Museum of Contemporary Art on the State Fair Community College campus
- Historic Downtown Sedalia, featuring the same friendly smiles you’ll find throughout our community
- The Missouri State Fair itself, hosted annually in Sedalia since 1901
For more information about Sedalia please visit: Sedalia Convention Visitors Bureau
The Missouri State Fairgrounds’ success story wasn’t built overnight. With our long record of hosting and producing successful events, you can be confident when you host your event with us. Large or small event, for an evening or a week, we’re ready to make the Missouri State Fair Team your team.
Event Rental Forms
To request information about planning an event at the Missouri State Fairgrounds please fill out the appropriate form below.
Contact Courtney Fry, Events Manager, at 800-422-3247 or 660-530-5600, or Courtney.Fry@mda.mo.gov to see how we can enhance the success of your event.
Off Season Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm
Off Season Fairground Hours: Daily from 7am to dusk. The Missouri State Fairgrounds will remain closed on State of Missouri and Federally observed holidays. If the Fairgrounds is rented for an event, the Fairgrounds may remain open past dusk. Times are subject to change without notice.