missouri state fair

Arts and Culture
8:13 am
Tue October 29, 2013

State fair director notes this year's attendance increase

Missouri State Fair
Credit KBIA

 

More than 366,000 people attended the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia this year, an increase of over 3 percent compared to last year.  

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Politics
12:12 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Controversial rodeo clown makes first appearance since MO State Fair, Obama mask

Tuffy Gessling in full clown regalia
Kate Grumke KBIA

At the Jaycee fairgrounds in Jefferson City Friday night, people laughed and applauded as Tuffy Gessling, the controversial rodeo clown, performed for the first time since his infamous appearance at the Missouri State Fair. Gessling was banned from the Missouri State Fair and the video of the stunt involving an Obama mask was in national media.

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Politics
3:43 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Man who recorded Obama rodeo clown wishes he'd left video on his cell phone

Credit Jameson Hsieh / AP

The man who posted a video on his Facebook page of a Missouri State Fair rodeo act that mocked President Barack Obama says he's been the target of hateful comments for the last two weeks.

Perry Beam, of Higginsville, told The Kansas City Star that if he had known that the video would attract national attention and criticism, he would have left it on his cell phone.

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Business Beat
4:48 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Nitrogen in the waterways; sounds at the state fair

A new report from the US Department of Agriculture has found that through voluntary conservation measures, farmers reduced the amount of nitrogen that washes off their fields into Mississippi River watershed waterways by 21 percent. That's good news for water treatment plants that spend millions of dollars each year to remove farm chemicals from drinking water supplies. Harvest Public Media’s Abbie Fentress Swanson takes a look at the particular challenge posed by the nitrogen in fertilizer, which has been running into Midwest streams at concerning levels this summer.

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Politics
1:12 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Boonville school superintendent cleared in Obama rodeo act

Credit KBIA

A Missouri school official has been cleared of wrongdoing in a State Fair rodeo act that mocked President Barack Obama.

Albert Watkins, an attorney for Boonville superintendent Mark Ficken, said Wednesday that an investigation by the school district found Ficken was not involved in inappropriate actions or statements.

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Agriculture
10:52 am
Mon August 19, 2013

State fairs: A summer tradition

The Missouri State Fair has everything from carnival rides to a mule show.

It’s August. The days are growing shorter, fall is approaching, but summer isn’t done just yet. All over the country folks are flocking to that ultimate summer tradition: the state fair.

Carnival rides and games, meat on a stick, livestock competitions – the Midwest does state fairs up right. And for many, summer in the Midwest isn't complete without a trip to the state fair. For others, a virtual visit will have to do.

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PM Newscasts
6:25 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Newscast for August 16, 2013

Regional news from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Race for Mo. House speaker heats up
  • Mo. State Fair attendance appears unaffected by rodeo clown incident
  • Sierra Club, KCP&L spar over 2007 agreement
Commentary
5:58 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

What the Washington Post got wrong about the Obama rodeo clown and racism

The Missouri State Fair by night
Credit Missouri Division of Tourism

Thursday in the KBIA newsroom we had what I consider a valuable discussion. And it came out of a notoriously stupid act at the Missouri State Fair this week.

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Arts and Culture
3:43 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Mo. State Fair attendance appears unaffected by rodeo clown incident

Credit Missouri Division of Tourism / Flickr

Attendance figures appear to be on the rise as the 2013 Missouri State Fair heads into its final weekend. 

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Politics
8:01 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Governor's annual ham breakfast brings out state politicians

Governor Nixon addresses politicians from across the state, at his annual Governor's Ham Breakfast, Missouri State Fair, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

Sedalia was swarming with politicians Thursday, as office holders from both parties descended on the Missouri State Fair.

Nearly a thousand people, politicians and citizens alike, dined on country ham, eggs and peaches at the Governor's Ham Breakfast.  Governor Jay Nixon began his annual speech by condemning the incident in which a rodeo clown wore a President Obama mask this weekend.

"What has always united us is (that) no matter what part of the state you're from, or who you voted for, we treat people with respect," Nixon told the applauding crowd.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Politicians Descend On Sedalia For Mo. State Fair

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 7:09 pm

Sedalia was swarming with politicians Thursday, as office holders from both parties descended on the Missouri State Fair.

Nearly a thousand people, politicians and citizens alike, dined on country ham, eggs and peaches at the Governor's Ham Breakfast.  Governor Jay Nixon began his annual speech by condemning the incident in which a rodeo clown wore a President Obama mask this weekend.

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Health & Wealth Update
3:18 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

A postcard from the Missouri State Fair

Marlys Peck and her family have sold corn dogs on under this tree at the Missouri State Fair since 1972. At the time, the dogs cost 50 cents, Marlys's father Earl said.
Credit Harum Helmy / KBIA News

This week for the show, I went to the Missouri State Fair and all you’re getting is this audio postcard.

First, I talked to Marlys Peck, who, along with her family, has been selling corn dogs at the fair for more than 41 years. Every year, Peck and her parents spend the state-fair week under the same tree near the historic Womens Building. 

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Politics
8:15 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Boonville school board begins investigation into Superintendent's role in State Fair incident

The public portion of the Boonville R-1 Board of Education's meeting Tuesday night was very short. It quickly went into executive session.
Credit Andrew Nichols / KBIA

The Boonville R-1 School District Board of Education held a special session Tuesday night to discuss investigating the superintendent’s possible involvement in a controversial stunt at the Missouri State Fair. 

Superintendent Mark Ficken was the announcer at the Missouri State Fair’s bull-riding event Saturday when a clown appeared in a mask resembling President Barack Obama and asked the crowd if it wanted to see Obama stomped by a bull.  Now, Boonville’s school board says it has hired a consultant to investigate Ficken’s involvement. 

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Intersection
5:04 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Mo. State Fair Director responds to rodeo clown incident

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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PM Newscasts
3:51 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Newscast for August 13, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Updated news on the Missouri State Fair rodeo clown incident,
  • Mo. Supreme Court rejects lawsuit on animal shelters,
  • Vicky Hartzler speaks at military event.
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Politics
8:40 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Obama rodeo clown fallout: "idiot" banned from fair, Boonville looking at Superintendent's role

Missouri State Fair Director appeared on Intersection yesterday to talk about the rodeo incident
Credit KBIA

Updated 10:28am, 12:56pm

Missouri State Fair director Mark Wolfe says the rodeo clown responsible for the controversial act over the weekend has been banned from the fair.  The clown had donned a mask of President Obama and asked spectators if they wanted to see "Obama run down by a bull."

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Politics
7:37 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Rodeo clown at Missouri State Fair wore Obama mask

The Missouri State Fair at night
Credit Missouri Division of Tourism

  This story is updating

People and politicians are speaking out against an incident at the the Missouri State Fair on Saturday. A clown wearing a President Barack Obama mask appeared at a rodeo this weekend, and the announcer asked spectators if they wanted to see "Obama run down by a bull."

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Arts and Culture
8:50 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Three hospitalized after Missouri State Fair accident

Abbie Fentress Swanson KBIA/Harvest Public Media

Three people are hospitalized and two others have suffered minor injuries after an accident during a charity race at the Missouri State Fair.

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State Fair
8:40 am
Thu August 9, 2012

State Fair may hold bounty in unclaimed property

mostatefair.com

The Missouri treasurer's office will have a team at the State Fair to help people determine if they have any unclaimed property being held by the state.

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel says his office has about $700 million in unclaimed property. Members of his office's unclaimed property team will be at the Mathewson Exhibition Center throughout the fair.

The fair runs was opening Thursday and runs through Aug. 19.

Zweifel says more than 400 account owners found $90,000 at the fair last year. People can also search for unclaimed property on the treasurer's website.

State Fair
8:38 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Nixon helps kick off annual Mo. State Fair

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
KBIA File Photo

Gov. Jay Nixon is helping kick off the events at the 110th annual Missouri State Fair.

Nixon planned to purchase ticket for the fair Thursday in Sedalia, then greet attendees at the entrance gate before taking part in the official opening ceremony.

The fair runs from Thursday through Aug. 19. It features the standard fair attractions — lots of livestock, carnival-style rides, concerts and shows and, of course, food.

Nixon and many other politicians plan to be on hand Aug. 16 for the fair's annual governor's ham breakfast.