Attendance at this August’s Missouri State Fair was up by more than 10,000, according to figures released Tuesday by Governor Mike Parson’s office. Over 340,000 people entered the gates of the fairgrounds during the 11-day event showcasing Missouri agriculture. The figure was also 3,000 higher than attendance in 2019, prior to the pandemic.
Entries to the fair were up nine percent at 25,846. The largest increases were seen in the floriculture building, which experienced a 72-percent increase in entries to 2,040. Poultry entries jumped 48 percent despite the risk of highly pathogenic avian influenza earlier this year.
The governor’s office also touted efforts to address food insecurity during the fair. Food drives, meal-packing events, and donations of market animals through the Drive To Feed Kids resulted in the donation of more than 2.4 million meals for Missouri families in need.
The 121st Missouri State Fair is scheduled for August 10th through the 20th on the fairgrounds in Sedalia.