The first contests for the 118th Missouri State Fair begin Thursday afternoon at the fairgrounds in Sedalia with the first of four days of 4-H and FFA horse contests. Director Mark Wolfe says visitors to the fairgrounds are reminded to maintain physical distancing, but until they’re told otherwise by state or county health officials, face coverings will not be required.

Wolfe reminds visitors that even with fewer people expected on the fairgrounds, they still need to remain aware.

Hand sanitizer stations will be set up throughout the fairgrounds. The Missouri State Fair’s remaining 4-H and FFA livestock shows are scheduled to begin August 11th with market poultry and conclude with the supreme dairy drive August 23rd.