The Moniteau County Fair has been continuous since 1866, just after the Civil War ended, 146 years ago.
Since that time it has changed a lot with expansion of the land and activities. New facilities have been added, such as a second small arena, livestock barns and Centennial Hall.
The events have changed, too. From a time of horse shows and other events nightly, the current fair has tractor pulls, demolition derby, and this year a motor cross event. Of course, several horse events are on the schedule, such as a Trail Challenge, horse show and draft horse pull.
This year, the pre-festivities begin on Saturday, Aug. 4, with the Kiwanis Ham Breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m., at Centennial Hall and closes Saturday, Aug. 11, with the Martins Bluegrass Music starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sappington Arena.
Also on Saturday, the "Wayne Bueker Memorial Trail Challenge," begins at 10 a.m. in the Main Arena. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. The event is to promote good horsemanship skills and provide an educational venue.
For more of this story check out the Aug. 1 issue of the California Democrat.