By Senator Dan Hegeman District 12

One of my favorite summertime activities is traveling to Sedalia to attend the Missouri State Fair. The State Fair has been an annual tradition for our state since 1901 and is one of the great economic drivers for the Show-Me State. This year the State Fair, held in Sedalia, begins on Thursday, August 8, and ends on Sunday, August 18. I encourage adults and children of all ages to attend.

The State Fair is a committed supporter of Missouri agriculture, our state’s No. 1 industry. This 11-day event is the premiere showcase for our agricultural community to proudly display what they have accomplished thus far and where they are going in the future. The next generation of agriculture leaders in Missouri are the same young men and women who will be at the fair presenting all of their hard work from the past year. At a time when a growing number of our sons and daughters are choosing to pursue careers outside of the family farm, the fair’s ability to inspire young Missourians to carry on our great agricultural legacy is more valuable than ever before.

In addition to being a platform for Missouri agriculture, the State Fair also offers top-notch entertainment, great food, exciting rides and fun activities for the entire family to enjoy. There is no shortage of reasons to attend; whether you are a fan of country music or truck and tractor pulls, the State Fair has something for everybody. For a full list of events and information on tickets, please visit the State Fair’s website.

As always, please feel free to call, email or write with your ideas or concerns. My Capitol office number is 573-751-1415, my email is and my mailing address is Room 332, State Capitol Building, Jefferson City, MO 65101.