Governor Mike Parson and Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe late yesterday announced the attendance total for this year’s Missouri State Fair. Final numbers confirm that 337,112 individuals attended the 11-day Fair this August.

Successful gate promotions, moderate weather and special celebrations helped to contribute to the success of this year’s State Fair, including milestone anniversaries for the Gerken Dairy Center with 20 years and the 40th anniversary of the Pork Place. Smokey Bear turned 75 this year at the State Fair on Missouri Department of Conservation Day.

Special promotions on Farm Family Day, Law Enforcement and Firefighter Appreciation Day and Military Appreciation Day, among others, offered fairgoers a variety of activities in which to participate.

The annual State Fair food drive and Drive to Feed Kids campaign, hosted by the Missouri FFA, had great success in 2019, raising $175,000 and collecting nearly 17,000 pounds of non-perishable food for childhood hunger.

More than 4,000 Missouri FFA and 4-H youth participated in the State Fair with building demonstrations and exhibits and showing livestock. 27,245 livestock and competitive entries were exhibited.

The 2020 Fair will be held Aug. 13-23 in Sedalia. For more information about the 2020 Fair, visit mostatefair.com, follow the Fair on social media, or call 1-800-422-FAIR (3247).