State fair opens in Sedalia

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Missouri News Horizon
— Joined by Gov. Jay Nixon, Missouri gathered in Sedalia on Thursday to open the 110th Missouri State Fair.

Nixon said this year, during one of the worst droughts in decades, the fair is an important way to showcase the “perseverance” of the state’s agriculture community.

“It has been a long, hot couple of months. There is no doubt that Mother Nature has hit our agriculture industry hard this year,” Nixon said. “We’re standing with our farmers, helping them where we can.”

The fair opened to the public Thursday morning, where Missourians were lined up to partake in the annual tradition. The fair lasts 11 days. On Sunday, Nixon will be back on hand to celebrate Veterans Appreciation Day at the fair.

The fair draws agriculture stakeholders and urban residents, alike, all to celebrate the state’s agriculture industry.

In this election year, politics is naturally at play in the fair’s festivities. Missouri Democrats and Republicans have tents set up, and next week, political candidates from all levels will participate in the Governor’s annual Ham Breakfast.