April 10, 2015

State Fair to Accept Online Competition Entries and Payment Starting May 7

Exhibitors encouraged to enter via online portal

(SEDALIA, Mo.) – Exhibitors interested in competing at the Missouri State Fair will now be able to access new online entry and payment options, and online registration for the vendor input form, starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 7.  Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe said that the new ShoWorks exhibitor and entries management software program will allow exhibitors to register and submit their entries along with their payment by using an easy online portal available at mostatefair.com.

“The online entry process will be quick and easy, and will save exhibitors time,” Wolfe said. “Online registration is encrypted for exhibitors’ security and is there to protect personal information.”

Among the list of notable features from ShoWorks is the ability for exhibitors with several entries to input their information in a more efficient manner. In addition, a group entry feature will allow parents, teachers, club leaders, coordinators and advisors to submit entries for multiple exhibitors. 

Also new in 2015, a livestock entry will no longer be required at the time of submission of a camping reservation form. Livestock camping forms will be available at 9 a.m. on May 1. Reserved campsites open Sunday, Aug. 9, and are only available for livestock exhibitors, commercial vendors and persons with disabilities. Camping rules have been updated and are available on the Fair’s website

Exhibitors under age 13 will be admitted free to the 11-day Fair again this year, while exhibitors age 13 and over will be able to purchase up to 40 single-day exhibitor admission tickets at a special price of $5. The discounted exhibitor tickets are available to order from the Fair business office at the time of competition entry through Aug. 12. These tickets will not be available at the gate, and they do not include exhibitor parking.

The 113th annual Missouri State Fair, themed “Show Offs Welcome” will be held Aug. 13-23 in Sedalia. More than 30,000 entries are expected for this year’s annual agriculture showcase.  For more information about the year's fair, visit www.mostatefair.com, follow the Missouri State Fair on Facebook and Twitter or call 1-800-422-FAIR (3247).