State Fair coordinators know theseare tough economic times and are doing their part to make the annual eventaffordable for families.

Missouri State Fair director MarkWolfe says the committee discussed raising prices early on but decided having afun time on a tight budget was at the forefront of many of the state’s workingfamilies.

And perhaps the ultimate bargain,amid the concert lineup at the fair, there is a free Kansas show Sunday, Aug.16.

The fair runs Aug. 13 through 23.

For a complete lineup of freeentertainment at the fair, visit free.html .