Almost 341,000 people attended the 116th Missouri State Fair in August, a slight decrease from figures reported the past two years.  Fair officials announced Tuesday that 340,951 people went through the gates at the fairgrounds in Sedalia during the 11-day event, taking in over 28,000 livestock and competitive exhibits.  Two years ago the fair reported over 356,000 people in attendance.  Top-attended events included the Hank Williams Junior and Cole Swindell concerts, while over 36,000 people were on the fairgrounds August 12th for Military Appreciation Day.  The fair also celebrated farm family honorees from all of Missouri’s 114 counties and the city of Saint Louis.

Combating childhood hunger again was a focus of the fair, as the Drive to Feed Kids campaign netted donations of $145,000 and 1.2 million meals.  FFA members teamed up on Food Insecurity Awareness Day to pack just over 108,000 family-sized meals, and helped collect almost 19,000 pounds of food donations throughout the fair.  Next year’s State Fair runs August 8th through the 18th.