Finding recording artists that will fit within the Missouri State Fair’s budget and schedule is no small task. Add that to all of the other popular elements of the eight-day event that have to be organized including amusement rides, carnival games, livestock shows, rodeos, racing pigs, youth competitions and motocross races.
Fair Director Mark Wolfe tells Missourinet affiliate KWIX in Moberly that setting up the concert lineup can be more than a year-long process.
“Over the last several years, we’ve usually had at least one concert booked for the following year before that fair is over. We did that again this year,” says Wolfe. The entertainment business kind of shuts down for the entire month of December. We don’t hear much this time of year. We’ve got a lot of offers out and we usually have to wait until the awards are over for them to see what folks are going to do and see who’s going to be on tour with who.”
Wolfe says fair officials try to have a diverse lineup of music.
“We’ve been very successful with country music at our fair. Our Christian concert does really well on Thursday nights,” says Wolfe. “We’re always looking for those rock acts that fit.”
The 2018 concert lineup in Sedalia will be announced next year.
Bob Ehle of Missourinet affiliate KWIX in Moberly contributed to this story.