FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Contact: Kevin Flannery, (573) 526-0949
Kander Announces Program on the Missouri State Fair
Jefferson City, Mo. — Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced a program highlighting the history of the Missouri State Fair. The program will be held at the Missouri State Archives, a division of Kander’s office, on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. Author Rhonda Chalfant will be speaking about her new book, Missouri State Fair.
When Missouri Governor Lon Stephens signed House Bill 279 on April 19, 1899, to provide for the establishment of a state fair, he set in motion a series of events that he probably could not imagine. More than 100 years—and fairs—later, the Missouri State Fair has grown from a five-day event with an attendance of 25,346, to an 11 day extravaganza regularly drawing upwards of 350,000 visitors. It is an educational institution, informing Missourians of new methods of farming, stockbreeding and homemaking, as well as a platform for demonstrating the latest technologies.
Join us as Rhonda Chalfant provides insight into the history of the Missouri State Fair. Using previously unpublished images from the Pettis County Historical Society, the Missouri State Fair and the Missouri State Archives, amongst many others, she will explore the evolution of the Fair from its inception at the turn of the 20th century, to its current status as Missouri’s premier showcase for agriculture, art and entertainment.
The Missouri State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 West Main Street in Jefferson City. All programs at the Archives are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on this and other programming at the Archives, contact Emily Luker, (573) 526-5296 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.sos.mo.gov to learn more about the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office.
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