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Family fun is waiting at Missouri's largest agricultural showcase. The annual Missouri State Fair is steeped in tradition and heritage, dating from the first fair in 1901. The fairgrounds set the stage for an 11-day event that includes nearly 30,000 entries of Missouri's best livestock and competitive exhibits.
The State Fair includes a diverse lineup of entertainment options. The main grandstand provides 11 days of exciting entertainment, ranging from concerts to tractor pulls to internationally acclaimed entertainers.
In the arena, watch rodeo, bull riding and motorsports. The free professional entertainment and exhibits located throughout the grounds keep everyone entertained for hours and help make the State Fair very affordable for families. Free shows such as a circus under a big top, and the new Swashchucklers Comedy Pirate Show are just a sampling of the fun.
The fairgrounds offer public camping year-round; during the fair camp sites start at $20 per night.
Admission: $8 ~ ages 62+, $6 ~ ages 6-12, $2 ~ younger than 6, free. Parking is free. Special discounts on admission and carnival ride tickets are offered throughout the event.
Don’t miss the tenth annual Museum Day Live! hosted by Smithsonian magazine to celebrate the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day.
Just download your ticket at Museum Day Live! and on September 27, you and a guest can enjoy participating museums across the country...for free.
Visit Smithsonian.com to download your Museum Day Live! ticket, starting August 1.
You must present your ticket to be admitted free. Participating Missouri museums include:
Relax and enjoy great views of the Missouri countryside. Two trains daily each direction between St. Louis and Kansas City, with stops at St. Louis, Kirkwood, Washington, Hermann, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Warrensburg, Lee's Summit, Independence and Kansas City.
Limited carry-on bicycle space is available (St. Louis-Kansas City trains only); restrictions apply. Reservations are required for passengers and bicycles. For the best pricing, purchase tickets in advance at Amtrak.com, on your mobile device or at a travel agent.
Everyday discounts for seniors (62+); children aged 2-12 traveling with an adult; active duty military; groups (20+) who book in advance; Membership organizations offer discounts with three days notice. These include AAA, Veterans Advantage, and Student Advantage. Contact Amtrak for rules and restrictions.
The Best Western State Fair Inn is conveniently located with easy access to key area attractions and business locations including the Missouri State Fairgrounds, Katy Trail State Park, the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival and Pittsburgh Corning.
Hotel guests will appreciate the variety of dining and shopping options in downtown Sedalia. Each well-appointed room or suite features free high-speed Internet access, cable satellite television with HBO, free long distance access, toiletries, iron/ironing board, coffee/tea maker and hairdryer.
King-size beds and other upgraded amenities are available in select rooms. Other hotel amenities include a Jacuzzi, sauna, indoor swimming pool, and the Carousel Dining Room family restaurant located on the premises.
A circa 1900 castle on a hill. Bothwell Lodge represents early 20th century extravagant living. It was built by Sedalia lawyer and politician John H. Bothwell.
Hiking, mountain biking and picnicking are available.
Bothwell Lodge is off Route 65, approximately six miles north of Sedalia.
For tour information, visit the website. Tours: $4; ages 6-12, $2.50; younger than 6, free.
Champion Bicycles is located in the historic Katy Depot and offers rentals, new and used sales, full service and repairs, parts and accessories, plus an assortment of refreshments and snacks. We are an authorized dealer of Fuji and Schwinn bicycles.
We offer a wide variety of antiques, collectibles and curiosities — ranging from vintage clothing, to antique furniture, to vintage kitchen collectibles, to glassware. Chelsea's is a true antique shop, not an antique mall or glorified garage sale where you can't talk to the owner of the merchandise.
Offering guestrooms with two queen beds or one king bed; Serta mattresses.
The hotel was designed to resemble a train station of yesteryear, offering all the amenities of today. Rooms have 32-inch flatscreen TV, fridge/microwaves, and CD/MP3 players. Free hot breakfast; free USA Today or local paper; free local calls; Free HSIA; free business center; free pass to full workout facility. The lobby is filled with keepsakes and antiques from days long gone. The hotel's library has a fireplace.
Family dining. Senior and children menus available. Tour groups welcome. Breakfast served all day. Soup and salad bar Monday-Friday.
Seniors are welcome to enjoy the outdoors at our quiet park. We have full-hookup sites, laundry, open pavilion and Wi-Fi. Located at the edge of the city, 18 miles from Whiteman Air Force Base (home of the Stealth Bomber); 30 miles from Truman Lake.
Sedalia is home to the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, held annually in June, plus the Missouri State Fair, which is held in August. Many other events take place on the fairgrounds throughout the year such as camping rallies, livestock shows and car racing.
The Daum collects, preserves, interprets, and exhibits modern and contemporary works of art. It houses nine exhibition galleries on three levels, with a combined area of 9,300 square feet. The Daum sheds light on the stimulating complexity of contemporary art. The museum offers a temporary-exhibition series that changes three times a year.
Exhibitions range from monographic surveys of nationally recognized artists, to group shows that explore a shared theme, to regional artists who merit wider appreciation. The museum’s permanent collection includes diverse paintings, drawings, prints, works in clay, and sculpture created since the mid-20th century.
Exhibits feature works by Andy Warhol, Dale Chihuly, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Peter Voulkos, Louise Bourgeois, and Betty Woodman.
Located on the campus of State Fair Community College.
Standard Denney's restaurant. Breakfast is served all day.
We have 118 guestrooms; a restaurant and lounge; meeting and banquet rooms; and a community room with big-screen TV. Guestrooms have free local calls and a separate data port. Two miles from the Missouri State Fairgrounds.
Modern, 70-stall equine facility offering boarding packages with attached outdoor paddocks to pasture.
Riding trails available on the property, with access to the Katy Trail.
Located beside the Katy Trail, 10 minutes south of Sedalia. From Route 65; west on Route B, 1.25 miles; west on Sacajawea road.
Quite country getaway with a scenic view from the hilltop. Private baths. Facilities include a pool table. Four miles from Missouri State Fairgrounds.
The 1842 country home of General Smith, founder of Sedalia. Two miles from town; four miles from the Missouri State Fairgrounds.
Golden Corral's legendary, endless buffet features an abundant variety of familiar favorites and new menu offerings.
Hidden Pines is an 18-hole championship golf course that will appeal to all levels of play. The long and narrow Bermuda fairways require precision, and the undulating greens will have you second-guessing yourself. All skill levels will be challenged.
On your way through Missouri, be sure to stay at our choice Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Sedalia, Missouri, a 100 percent non-smoking facility located just two miles from the Missouri Fair Grounds. Whitman Air Force Base is just 15 minutes to the West. If arriving by train, the Amtrak station is just five miles away from our Sedalia accommodations.
Our hotel is conveniently situated and only five minutes from the town center. The Missouri Fairgrounds, is just minutes away, and is the site of the annual Missouri State Fair. Biking on the Katy Trail is another fun Sedalia activity, and a two-hundred mile stretch of the trail begins just five minutes from our hotel.
If you’re in town for business, take advantage of our quality meeting space, which accommodates up to 40 people. Colton's Steak House is located just next door and is able to provide room service and catering. The Liberty Park Convention Center is only three miles away and is a great place to host larger events. The Holiday Inn Express Sedalia hotel offers all the modern comforts of home in a historic community. Amenities include free high-speed wireless and wired Internet access, an indoor pool and a complimentary hot breakfast bar served daily. Book your reservation today and take advantage of our great Holiday Inn Express Hotel deals and rates.
On your way through Missouri, be sure to stay at our Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Sedalia, a 100 percent non-smoking facility located just two miles from the Missouri State Fair Grounds, site of the Missouri State Fair and a variety of other events. Whitman Air Force Base is 15 minutes to the West. We offer the modern comforts of home in a historic community. Amenities include free high-speed wireless and wired Internet access, an indoor pool and a complimentary hot breakfast bar served daily. Book your reservation today and take advantage of Holiday Inn Express Hotel deals and rates.
If arriving by train, the Amtrak station is five miles away from our Sedalia accommodations. Our hotel is situated five minutes from the town center. Biking on the Katy Trail is another fun Sedalia activity, and a 200-mile stretch of the trail begins just five minutes from our hotel.
If you’re in town for business, take advantage of our meeting space, which accommodates up to 40 people. Colton's Steak House is located next door and is able to provide room service and catering. The Liberty Park Convention Center is three miles away and is a great place to host larger events.
Hotel Bothwell has been a destination of choice for travelers to Sedalia for nearly 80 years. Since 1927, Hotel Bothwell has served as the center of social and business activity in Sedalia. By combining original American revival architectural ambiance with luxurious, memorable experiences, guests are invited to relive the glitz and glam of the 1920s by savoring a taste of Sedalia’s best.
Whether it's a romantic dinner for two, an amusing time with friends or a memorable family gathering, the Ivory Grille has something for you. We offer steaks, seafood, pasta and sandwiches. Enjoy our extensive wine list, specialty drinks and a variety of spirits at our lounge. Located inside Hotel Bothwell.
Journey through an "excursion destination" like no other. Learn the story behind this beautifully restored landmark, built when the Katy Complex was the center of town. Stroll through the Sedalia of yesteryear. Traveling exhibits throughout the year. Featured exhibit: Sedalia and the Civil War.
Special event and guest presentations. Train room just for kids; public sculpture and memorial garden; gifts and souvenir shop; and tasty treats. Welcome Center services. Guided group tours by appointment.
Full-service Katy Trail trailhead. Champion Bicycles sales, service and rentals.
Katy Trail State Park is the longest rails-to-trails conversion in the U.S. The flat, 237.7-mile trail is open for hiking, running, walking, and bicycling through Missouri countryside.
Many wineries, restaurants, bed and breakfast inns, motels, campgrounds and shopping opportunities are located along its length. More than half of the eastern section of the trail follows the Missouri River; after leaving the river, the trail meanders through peaceful farmland and small-town Missouri.
Horseback riding is allowed on the 34.7-mile section between Calhoun and the Sedalia Fairgrounds; also on the 15.3-mile stretch between Tebbetts and Portland.
Motorized vehicles and equipment are prohibited. Electrically assisted, pedal-powered bicycles/tricycles (maximum speed of 20 mph), as well as electrically powered mobility devices for persons with disabilities, such as motorized wheelchairs and scooters, are allowed. No hunting or firearms allowed.
(The map shown on this listing is the location of the Jefferson City trailhead only.)
Main trailheads, listed from west to east:
*Clinton *Calhoun *Windsor *Green Ridge *Sedalia *Clifton City *Pilot Grove *Boonville *New Franklin *Rocheport *McBaine *Hartsburg *North Jefferson City *Tebbetts *Mokane *Portland *McKittrick *Treloar *Marthasville *Dutzow *Augusta *Matson *Weldon Springs *Green Bottom *St. Charles *Machens
Great barbecue with a great atmosphere.
Kehde's is decorated with a railroad theme; you can even eat in a railroad dining car that is attached to the restaurant. Kids love it and adults love it.
Knob Noster State Park, off Route 50 on Route 23, is a 3,934-acre area with thick forests, clear lakes and grasslands. Camping, equestrian camping, hiking, fishing, group camps, nature study areas, and an equestrian trail are available.
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