Go Event Hopping in Missouri

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Festival , Festivals , Fairs , State Fair , car show , Carnival or Adventure Ride
Something's Happening Here and There and Everywhere
Author: Stephen Foutes
Missouri’s lineup of festivals and special events is hall-of-fame worthy. You find blow-out-the-budget events at major attractions and unique affairs in small towns – and everything in between. No matter what your interest, Missouri has an event for you.

Now that you’re thinking about large-scale events with awesome music, it’s time to talk about the Missouri State Fair, set for Aug. 7-17, 2014, in Sedalia. An incredible celebration of Missouri’s agricultural heritage, the Missouri State Fair is an event the entire family enjoys. There are tons of carnival rides and exhibits for kids; vendor and crafts booths for grown-ups; and lots of live entertainment – ranging from trained pets to concerts by some of the biggest names in music.

Speaking of big names, the headline concert at this year’s Missouri State Fair features one of the hottest acts in country music today, the duo Florida Georgia Line, who was the Academy of Country Music’s vocal duo of the year in 2013. You gotta “Cruise” on down to Sedalia for their performance on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.  Missouri native and country favorite Sara Evans takes the stage on Aug. 9. Check the website for a full lineup of entertainment and activities. Pepsi Grandstand tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.

Speaking of Lake of the Ozarks, don’t miss your remaining opportunities to visit Bagnell Dam for Hot Summer Nights 2014. These once-monthly gatherings include, among other activities: car shows; live music; lots of great food; shopping; helicopter rides and attractions for kids. There’s no admission charge; dates are Aug. 8 and Sep. 5, 2014.

No mention of summer fun would be complete without Springfield, the birthplace of Route 66. During the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival and Car Show, Aug.9, 2014, enjoy classic cars, food and beverage vendors and plenty of live music around Park Central Square. Businesses along Springfield’s stretch of the famed Route 66 highway offer specials and sales during the event.

To learn more about festivals in Missouri, explore VisitMO.com; you can search the keyword ‘festivals.’


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