Fair St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Forget About The 250th Birthday. Historical Photos Show St. Louis Celebrating Its 150th http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/forget-about-250th-birthday-historical-photos-show-st-louis-celebrating-its-150th <p>Forest Park is expecting to have just under <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fair-st-louis-organizers-tout-plan-new-venue" target="_blank">50,000 visitors</a> this July 4th weekend for Fair St. Louis. Officials and St. Louisans have been worried about crowds, parking and congestion. But 100 years ago, the park saw much bigger crowds for the city's 150th birthday celebration. Perhaps the planners of Fair St. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 03:08:11 +0000 Jess Jiang 37723 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Forget About The 250th Birthday. Historical Photos Show St. Louis Celebrating Its 150th Fair St. Louis Organizers Tout Plan For New Venue http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fair-st-louis-organizers-tout-plan-new-venue <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Final plans for Fair St. Louis are taking shape as the event moves to Forest Park this weekend for the first time in its 34-year history.</span></p><p>The park has been a busy scene this week as work crews prepare stages, concession stands, canopy tents, and generators for the event that organizers expect to draw 35,000 to 50,000 visitors each day. The weekend’s July Fourth celebrations will include a parade, 20 free concerts, nightly fireworks displays and other entertainment.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 01:10:44 +0000 Joseph Leahy 37638 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Fair St. Louis Organizers Tout Plan For New Venue Wallendas And Water Skis Added To Fair St. Louis Lineup http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wallendas-and-water-skis-added-fair-st-louis-lineup <p>The Grand Basin at the foot of Art Hill will play a more important role than provide the reflective image for fireworks photos. The Fair St. Louis organizers announced Wednesday that water skiing and wakeboarding will take place on the water, and Tino Wallenda will walk a wire above it, stretched more than the length of a football field.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 01:50:45 +0000 Donna Korando 36927 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wallendas And Water Skis Added To Fair St. Louis Lineup Fair St. Louis In Forest Park Presents 'Unique Challenges' For St. Louis Police http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fair-st-louis-forest-park-presents-unique-challenges-st-louis-police <p>Fair St. Louis’s move to Forest Park this year is presenting the St. Louis Police Department with some unique challenges.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's according to police chief Sam Dotson, who expressed his concerns at a police board hearing Thursday.&nbsp;</span></p><p>This is the first time the annual Fourth of July celebration will take place in the city's largest park. Dotson said the logistics of the fair have taken more time than he would like. &nbsp;But he said it's important to make sure the plan to keep everyone safe is airtight, especially this first year.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 03:07:34 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 36770 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Fair St. Louis In Forest Park Presents 'Unique Challenges' For St. Louis Police The Fray, Bonnie Raitt, The Band Perry To Headline Fair St. Louis' Foray Into Forest Park http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/fray-bonnie-raitt-band-perry-headline-fair-st-louis-foray-forest-park <p><a href="http://www.fairsaintlouis.org/">Fair St. Louis</a> gave the area<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQLpRBDrhn8"> “something to talk about” today with an announcement that Bonnie Raitt is among the top acts for this year’s Fair St. Louis. </a>The Fray and The Band Perry round out the list of headliners for this year’s annual Fourth of July festival.</p><p>The Band Perry will play Thursday, July 3 at event, which moves to Forest Park this summer because of construction at the Arch Grounds.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:31:01 +0000 Nancy Fowler 35129 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Fray, Bonnie Raitt, The Band Perry To Headline Fair St. Louis' Foray Into Forest Park Two Tuskegee Airmen To Serve As Fair Saint Louis Honorary Grand Marshals http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/two-tuskegee-airmen-serve-fair-saint-louis-honorary-grand-marshals <p>Next week will mark the&nbsp;33rd&nbsp;annual&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fairsaintlouis.org/">Fair Saint Louis</a>, and two surviving Tuskegee Airmen will serve as honorary grand marshals of the&nbsp;136th&nbsp;VP Parade.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Grand Marshal Bill Macon announced Friday that Lieutenant Colonel George Hardy and Major George Boyd will be a part of the parade, a central event during the fair.</span></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 20:04:15 +0000 Kristi Luther 27807 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Two Tuskegee Airmen To Serve As Fair Saint Louis Honorary Grand Marshals Mississippi River flooding in St. Louis expected to stabilize http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mississippi-river-flooding-st-louis-expected-stabilize <p>Flooding along the Mississippi River has forced the relocation of parts of this weekend&#39;s <a href="http://celebratestlouis.org/fair-saint-louis/">Fair St. Louis</a>, but - good news - the water isn&#39;t expected to get any higher.</p><p>The river is expected to crest at 34 feet in St. Louis tomorrow - just four feet above flood stage.</p><p>And Army Corps St. Louis district commander Tom O&#39;Hara says that takes into account the water still flowing into the Missouri River from dams in North and South Dakota and Montana.</p> Fri, 01 Jul 2011 19:36:17 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 1553 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mississippi River flooding in St. Louis expected to stabilize Eight downtown ramps to close this weekend http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/eight-downtown-ramps-close-weekend <p>Some downtown St. Louis interstate exit and entrance ramps will be closed this weekend because of <a href="http://celebratestlouis.org/fair-saint-louis/">Fair St. Louis</a>.</p><p>The following ramps will be closed from 9 a.m. on Friday until 6 a.m. on Tuesday:</p> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 20:17:30 +0000 Johanna Mayer 1541 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Eight downtown ramps to close this weekend Entertainment announced for 2011 Fair St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/entertainment-announced-2011-fair-st-louis <p>The self-proclaimed &quot;America&#39;s biggest birthday party,&quot; <a href="http://www.celebratestlouis.org/#info">Fair St. Louis</a>, announced the lineup of events and entertainers for this summer&#39;s event yesterday.</p><p>Here&#39;s a quick look at the schedule for the three-day celebration on the grounds of the Gateway Arch:</p><p><strong>Saturday, July 2</strong></p> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 17:18:11 +0000 Kelsey Proud 695 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Entertainment announced for 2011 Fair St. Louis