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State Fair cancels arena events as new facility construction gets underway

Construction of a new indoor arena at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia is both good news and bad news for attendees.

The bad news is that all activities typically held in the existing State Fair Arena are canceled for the 2024 fair, planned Aug. 8-18. This includes popular events such as the rodeo, demolition derby, motocross and tractor pulls.

The good news is that the facility’s replacement will eventually provide a modern and versatile space for a wide range of events during the State Fair and throughout the year. The enclosed, climate-controlled arena will be equipped to host livestock competitions, conferences, trade shows, community gatherings and other multi-purpose uses.

“It saddens us that we won’t be able to host some events this year as we move forward with the new arena build, but this project represents a significant investment in the fair’s future,” said Jason Moore, Missouri State Fair director. “We can’t wait to welcome back these events—and more—once construction is complete.”

The new state-of-the-art complex, measuring approximately 140,000 square feet, will be built by Nabholz Construction. Moore said groundbreaking will take place this summer with anticipated completion sometime in 2026. Patrons are encouraged to stay updated on the construction progress after it begins through the Fair’s social media channels and website, mostatefair.com.

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