Missouri State Fair with yoyo chair ride

October 3, 1855

The very first Southeast Missouri District Fair was underway at Cape Girardeau. It has continued annually ever since.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.