With less than 30 days before the start of the Missouri State Fair on Aug. 9, visitors and especially those hoping to see a concert at the Pepsi Grandstand still have time to purchase tickets.
Tickets are selling quickly, according to Debby Warren, Missouri State Fair Ticket Office manager. With the addition of firework shows after many of the concerts, individuals are urged to order their tickets before the events sell out.
“Sales are going well,” Warren noted. “Hank Williams Jr. with opening act Frank Foster is our best seller, followed by Cole Swindell with RaeLynn (Aug. 18).”
Williams is known for his mix of Southern blues, rock and traditional country music, with songs such as “A Country Boy Can Survive,” “All My Rowdy Friends,” “There’s A Tear In My Beer,” “Family Tradition” and “Born to Boogie.” Tickets for the Aug. 11 performance range from $37 to $57.
Tickets to the Southern Uprising Tour: A Southern Rock Revival featuring Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, and The Outlaws on Aug. 15 are selling quickly. The tour is returning after being canceled last year due to inclement weather.
Christian band Casting Crowns with Zach Williams on Aug. 16 is also selling well, according to Warren.
“The most popular way to purchase tickets is through Ticketmaster via internet (www.ticketmaster.com) due mainly to the convenience of being available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Warren commented. “The Missouri State Fair Box Office opened on June 26 for walk-up orders.”
Through Aug. 3, box office hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, changing to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Aug. 6 to 8. During the 11 days of the fair, the office is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tickets can also be ordered by faxing orders to 660-530-5649 or by mail to: MO State Fair Ticket Office, 2503 W. 16th St., Sedalia, Missouri 65301.
Warren noted tickets are available for Montgomery Gentry/Whiskey Myers (Aug. 9), Rock of the Seventies (Aug. 10), Roots & Boots Tour with Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin, and Collin Raye (Aug. 14), and Aaron Watson with Tim Montana (Aug. 17.)
Additional Pepsi Grandstand performances include the Missouri State Fair Shoot Out Truck and Tractor Pull (Aug. 12), Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pulling (Aug. 13), and the ASCS National Sprint Cars and ULMA Late Models race (Aug. 19).
Warren said tickets are also available for the State Fair Arena events of MRCA Show-Me State Stampede and Rodeo (Aug. 9-11), Motocross (Aug. 12), Flat Track TT Race (Aug. 13), Bull Riding Competition (Aug. 17 and 18), and the Demolition Derby (Aug. 19). MSF also has tickets for the Governor’s Ham Breakfast on Aug. 16 and advanced adult admission tickets are on sale.
Concert-goers and visitors to the fair will have the opportunity to view a 10-minute fireworks display sponsored by Bryant Motors of Sedalia after six of the grandstand concerts.
“(MSF Director) Mark Wolfe has always been a great friend and ambassador to Sedalia and for the fair,” Bryant Motors Dealer Principal Kyle Herrick said. “Bryant’s was at one time one of the major sponsors of the fair. In fact, we supplied the official vehicles for the fair.
“My partners and Mark put our heads together and thought, ‘what can we do to help with a sponsorship at the fair,’” Herrick noted. “The fireworks just seemed like a great fit and way to be a part of the fair once again.”
Herrick recalled firework shows from his youth, noting that cars would be parked in lots along south U.S. Route 65 to view the shows at the grandstand.
“It would be neat for others who may not make it onto the fairgrounds to view the fireworks from parking lots and venues located near the grounds like they used to,” Herrick commented. “Of course, I’m hoping for some cooler weather and I would love to see a record attendance at the fair this year. If this helps, it would be a great thing.”