Tough Going at the Missouri State Fair

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Man! First Lynryd Skynyrd canceled their show last week for health reasons, and now the power's out at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

Last night, a storm knocked over trees, power lines, tents and concession stands at the fairgrounds. The grounds are closed to the public this morning, but farmers are allowed in to check on their furry charges, and fried-dough purveyors can check on their booths.

Fair officials tell the Columbia Missourian they're hoping to have everything up and running by this afternoon, so if you were planning a road trip, you're still good to go for Youth in Agriculture Day tomorrow or Half Price Day on Sunday. They also say no people or livestock were harmed in the storm.

Alas, you've already missed plenty of good stuff, though, even beyond Peter Kinder's much-mentioned glad-handing at the Governor's Ham Breakfast. The fair's food drive brought in 6,500 pounds of canned food. Kayla Morrow of Bronaugh took the title for the 2011 Grand Champion Meat Goat, with 92 pounds of goat meat on her prize creature. And Meredith Jones, a junior at the University of Missouri in Columbia, was crowned Missouri State Fair Queen.

Oh, and for literary nerds keeping score: here is an entire blog post about a state fair that doesn't even mention David Foster Wallace. Oh, wait...

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