Missouri State Fair closed after severe storms knock out power

Fairgrounds expected to reopen by 3 p.m. Friday
Friday, August 19, 2011 | 10:35 a.m. CDT; updated 2:39 p.m. CDT, Friday, August 19, 2011

COLUMBIA — Severe storms swept through Sedalia causing damage to the Missouri State Fairgrounds on Thursday.

Though no people or livestock were injured, maintenance crews were still working this morning to restore electricity.

The fair will reopen once power is restored, according to a statement from Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe.

Wolfe issued a statement saying as the storm moved in, campers were evacuated from their tents and brought to the assembly hall for their safety.

“After the storm, these campers returned to the campsite,” Wolfe said in the news release.

In the wake of the storm, tents are down and debris is strewn throughout the grounds. Maintenance crews were working Friday morning to repair damage and clean up the mess. Officials said it is too early to estimate the cost of the damage. 

The fair will be reopen at 3 p.m. Friday, according to a news release.

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