SEDALIA, Mo.) – The gates open tomorrow for the 111th Missouri State Fair, and families attending this year’s 11-day event can enjoy hours of free exciting professional entertainment. The schedule will include music, comedy and variety acts on four entertainment stages, as well as premier shows like the Welde’s Big Bear Expedition and Knights of Valour, a full metal jousting troupe. Returning crowd favorites include the Amazing Anastasini Circus, sponsored by U.S. Cellular, racing pigs and the petting zoo, sponsored by Sam’s Club.
“Each year we strive to provide a variety of free activities and shows that will entertain fairgoers of all ages. The free entertainment this year is exceptional,” said Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe. “I am excited to share the experience with families from across Missouri and know they will be thoroughly delighted by all that the Fair offers.”
One of this year’s new acts, Welde’s Big Bear Expedition, features a family of bears, which serves as wildlife ambassadors. The show will be located west of the Agriculture Building Aug. 8-18. The bears have notable lineage, with their bear relatives performing with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in the 1940s.
Knights of Valour, as seen on the History Channel, are North America’s premier full-contact joust troupe. The troupe will alternate between performing weapons demonstrations and jousting in shows at the State Fair Arena. This one-day-only experience will include exciting horsemanship, bravery and chivalry from noon to 5:15 p.m. Aug. 11.
The State Fair will also provide four stages packed with 11 days of free, professional entertainment. Acts on the Kids Stage, sponsored by Subway, include the Thank a Farmer Magic Show Aug. 8-18, Babaloo Music and Fun Aug. 8-12 and Spoon Man Aug. 13-18. The Thank a Farmer Magic Show will engage children to learn about agriculture, while Babaloo will provide over-the-top singing, dancing and shouting fun. The Spoon Man act will be a real stirring experience of comedy and laughter.
Fairgoers will also be entertained by professional entertainment acts strolling the fairgrounds, which include The Sweeney Family Band Country Comedy Review Aug. 8-17, sponsored by McDonalds, and Those Funny Little People, sponsored by Sonic. Those Funny Little People have been featured on the television hit, America’s Got Talent. Their mix of humor, music and dance will entertain fairgoers of all ages Aug. 8-18.