Bundle up for chills and thrills at this free Ice Carnival featuring a hayride, 50-plus ice sculptures, live music, snowflake ballerinas, fire performers, and ice-carving demonstrations. See 160 drones lighting up the night sky at this festival.

It’s Fair to Say, the State Fair is Fun!

Not many events can claim all this: Competing critters. Marvelous music. Carnival contests. Rousing rides. Blue ribbon baking. Ridin’ & ropin’. Tough tractors. And more. Yep, you know what we’re talking about. But do you know this year’s details?

The First Fair: A Missouri Life 50th Anniversary Web Extra

In 1973, writer Walter Kaufmann reflected on his first trip to the Missouri State Fair. In this essay, he recalls the pens full of animals, the wild rides and carnival games, the food, and a special day with his less-than-enthusiastic father.