Missouri State Fair Director Discusses Cancellation of Events and Future Arena

The new director of the Missouri State Fair admits it’s disappointing that this year’s event won’t have a rodeo, motorcross, bull riding, tractor pulls, or demolition derbies normally held at the State Fair Arena.

The 10-acre open-air field with metal bleachers needs an upgrade, which is coming in the form of a modern, indoor climate-controlled arena that will seat about six-thousand people.

Director Jason Moore says the timetable for building the new arena meant sacrificing rodeo and motorcross events for this year:

An exact start date on building the new arena is not known but Moore says it could happen during this year’s fair, which runs from August 8th through the 18th.

The new building is expected to be open in time for the 2026 Missouri State Fair.