Just down the road from Bryant Motors in Sedalia, Missouri, a big construction project is about to take place at an important Missouri site.
The state fairgrounds in Sedalia is getting a major upgrade to the tune of $8 million dollars, and many are excited for what this means for many communities in Missouri.
Support from around the state
Although the fairgrounds have been located in the city of Sedalia since 1901, support for the upgrade of this site is coming from all around the state.
Doug Libla, a Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee Chairman, is 100 percent behind the investment into the fairgrounds. He sees this project as an investment in Missouri’s future.
It should be noted that Libla’s district in Poplar Bluff, Missouri is 260 miles away.
Libla addressed the situation in the Senate, saying:
“You know I’m from Poplar Bluff, a long ways from here. But we take a lot of pride in our state, [and] we take a lot of pride in our state fair. We take a lot of pride in our FFA kids, and our students get to come [to Sedalia] and learn about agriculture.”
In addition to the impact that the fairgrounds have on the children of Missouri, Libla mentions how Missouri’s farm families should also be well-represented, and that improving the grounds will help with this endeavor.
State fair renovations underway
The $8 million in construction projects will affect many different areas of the fairgrounds and are already in development. A few of the renovations include:
- Brand new campground for exhibitors
- Revamp to the old sheep pavilion
- Improved electrical system for the swine barn
Clearly, many are excited about the upgrade to the Missouri State Fairgrounds and the impact this project will have on several communities in Missouri, including right here in Sedalia.
According to State Fair Director Mark Wolfe, as well as Governor Mike Parson, over 337,000 individuals attend the State Fair, which takes place every August.