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A really hot opening day at the state fair

Hot temperatures, cold limeade and a sheep competition highlight first day of State Fair
Friday, August 10, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:36 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Brad George, 20, of Hallsville, prepares his sheep for the class two FFA judging at the Missouri State Fair. Sheep are judged on muscle and body length.
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Admission: Single day adult: $8 Age 12 and younger: Free Senior (60+): $7 Final Day of the Fair: 2 for the Show: Half price admission *2 rides for the price of one on the Midway *2 for 1 game and food offers on the Midway *2 for 1 items from the concessionaires Group Discount Packages are available: Call (660) 827-8113 for more information. Concerts and events Tonight: Counting Crows and Drew 6 Saturday: Alice Cooper and Blue Oyster Cult Sunday: Dierks Bently and Chris Cagle Monday: Tractor pulls Tuesday: Corbin Bleu, Drake Bell & Jordan Pruitt Wednesday: Gary Allan and Eric Church Thursday: Big & Rich and Cowboy Troy Aug. 17: Switchfoot and Cartel Aug. 18: American Idol Aug. 19: Auto racing For more information: Go to mostatefair.com Hours of Operation: Gates Open Daily: 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Exhibits Open: Today — Sunday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday — Thursday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Aug. 17-18: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Aug. 19: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Carnival Midway Hours: Noon to midnight weekdays Sat. and Sun.: 11 a.m. to midnight Parking: Single day general public parking: Free VIP public parking: $5 donation to MSF Foundation


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Columbia - McKaley Taylor, 14, of Agency, and her class-seven sheep, Willie, braved the heat on the opening day of the Missouri State Fair on Thursday in Sedalia.

“This is my first year, so I’m still learning about everything,” Taylor said.

Taylor, a veteran of the Buchanan County Fair, ranked ninth in the sheep competition with Willie. She commented on how many more people there were at the State Fair.

“It makes it harder, but more interesting,” Taylor said.

Hot temperatures added another interesting element to the fair.

Beverages, like limeade, were in high demand. One limeade vendor said that either attendance is up from last year, or his increased sales are a result of the intense heat.

Regardless of which is true, hot temperatures didn’t stop people from enjoying the fair’s opening day.

Lisa Howell and her son, Jacob, both dressed in jeans, suggest that others planning to attend the fair do not repeat their mistake.

“Wear light clothing and shorts,” Howell said.

Kristopher Rankin, 15, of Midway, holds his winning ribbons from the 4H sheep competition. “The best part is getting to see all of my friends,” Rankin said.

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