Today marks the opening day of the annual Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo, which is just 30 minutes north of Branson.
“Rock, Roll, & Ride” is the theme of this year’s fair. The Ozark Empire Fair will take place at the Ozark Empire Fairground July 31 to Aug 9. The fair’s grand opening takes place at 12 noon today with street performers and the opening of the Midway. The day finishes with a kick-off concert from legendary performers the Beach Boys, who will be performing at the Grandstand.
Each day of the fair, the exhibit hall will be open from 11 a.m to 10 p.m. in the E*Plex East Hall and feature booths and exhibits from local businesses and artisans, as well as contest entries, including food, photography, and gardening.
Another feature of the fair is the traditional livestock show. Entries in this year’s fair include steers, cows, sheep, rabbits, chickens, hogs, and more. The livestock show goes on throughout the duration of the fair.
In addition to the livestock and exhibits, the Ozark Empire Fair will be featuring nightly concerts and events. Headliners of this year’s fair include the Beach Boys, Raven Symone, and Montgomery Gentry. Other events include a Demolition Derby on Sunday, Aug 9, and Truck and Tractor Pulls on Saturday, Aug 10.
For food, fun, and games, the Midway, presented by Wade Shows, will be open each day beginning at 1 p.m., featuring classic rides like the Ferris Wheel and Bumper Cars and delicious fair food like funnel cakes, corn dogs, and all kinds of fried food on a stick, including fried Oreos!
Parking is free until 3 p.m., after which parking is $4. Adult admission is $6, and child admission is $2, with children 5 and under getting in free. The fair is open each day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
For more information about the Ozark Empire Fair, see its official web site.
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