Ride Amtrak To The Missouri State Fair Aug. 7-17

‘Celebrate Kids in Agriculture’ With Special Kid’s Train Ticket Discount

A new event day, “Celebrate Kids in Agriculture” Saturday, Aug. 16, will top the list of exciting new promotions offered at the 2014 Missouri State Fair. Activities this day will be coordinated by the Missouri State Fair and Missouri Department of Agriculture, and sponsored by Missouri Department of Conser-vation. The day will acknowledge youth currently involved in Missouri’s agriculture industry, and help raise awareness of and encourage an interest in agriculture among Missouri youth. Plans this day will include free gate admission for children ages 12 years of age and younger, free old-fashioned harvest games and new contests in two competitive exhibit categories. The event day will be the culmination of the 2014 Fair’s marketing campaign, which includes a heightened emphasis on celebrating youth.

The new day, Celebrate Kids in Agriculture, will offer several unique experiences especially for youth and their families. Old-fashioned harvest games, such as gunny sack races, egg relay races and water relays, will be offered for two age divisions and located on the lawn of the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Highway Gardens Saturday, Aug. 16. Games for 4-7 year olds will be offered between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and games for 8-12 year olds will be offered between 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Complete details are available at www.mostatefair.com/special-contests.

Two new contests are also being offered to encourage participation in competitive exhibits amongst youth attending this year’s Missouri State Fair, the Largest Homegrown Tomato Contest and the Fun on the Farm Poster Contest.
Entries in the Largest Homegrown Tomato Contest will be accepted in one age division, youth 3-12 years old, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, in the AgriMissouri Tent located west of the Agriculture Building. Judging will be based on the weight of the tomato.

Entries in the Fun on the Farm Poster Contest will be accepted in two age divisions, youth 5-8 years old and youth 9-12 years old, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, in the Fine Arts Building. Judging will be based on theme, creativity and adherence to rule specifications.

The contests offer opportunities to engage youth in summer-long projects, as they wait to compete alongside their peers on Aug. 16. Complete details for the contests are available at www.mostatefair.com/special-contests. The Missouri State Fair, themed, Harvest the Fun! will be held Aug. 7-17 in Sedalia. Visit the website for more information, and follow the Fair on Facebook and Twitter.

Amtrak is offering a special $5.00 Kids fare on the Missouri River Runner from any community along that route to the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. This limited time offer is valid for sale between July 14 and August 16, 2014 and valid for travel between August 5 and August 18, 2014. Advance reservations at least one-day in advance required.

Visit Amtrak.com for more information and to make reservations. Refer to Promotion Code V588.