Fair St. Louis

Fair St. Louis is happening in Forest Park this weekend.
Fair St. Louis Foundation

In our weekly "Behind the Headlines" segment, St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh discussed some of the top news stories.

Topics included the Illinois budget negotiations as well as this weekend’s Fair Saint Louis in Forest Park.

We were joined by:

Flo Rida
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Fair St. Louis announced today that Lee Brice, Sammy Hagar and Flo Rida will headline Fair St. Louis this July Fourth weekend. The announcement confirms one headliner that was leaked earlier in the year and reveals two more. George Clinton's appearance on July 4 had also been disclosed previously.

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George Clinton is likely playing this year’s Fair St. Louis.

Wednesday afternoon a Reddit thread appeared stating that one Fair St. Louis headliner would be George Clinton. Clicking through a shared link to George Clinton’s tour schedule revealed that Clinton was indeed listed as playing the July 4th Concert. 

A call to a person listed for Fair St. Louis media inquiries said she could not confirm the artist’s appearance.

The Veiled Prophet and his Queen of Love and Beauty at the 2015 VP Parade in Forest Park.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

Updated July 8, 2015 to clarify the origin of the 1878 newspaper image and to correct the name of the accessories carried by the parade's horsemen.

Crowds decked out in red, white and blue were treated to a feast for the eyes and ears at the VP Parade Saturday morning in Forest Park. The parade had something for everyone, from marching bands and massive floating balloons to elaborate floats and superheroes driving four-wheelers and passing out candy. There were even Elvis impersonators and a Chinese dragon brigade.

But tucked in-between Elvis and a gardening float was a scene out of a bygone era. A troupe of men carrying ceremonial lances rode up first on horses decked out with the VP emblem. Then came two floats designed to look like chariots: the first pulled by a dragon, the second by a pair of swans. Enthroned on both chariots were women in elaborate gowns and men with their faces obscured by lacy veils.

Chris Young, Kool & the Gang, Melissa Etheridge
various sources

It’s Fourth of July weekend. And with Independence Day falling on a Saturday, a lot of people have Friday off. And that means parties can start Thursday evening. So what do you do?

Sarah Kellogg

Despite construction around Forest Park, Fair St. Louis officials say they are ready for the large crowds expected to attend this week’s event.

This is the second year Forest Park is hosting the three-day event after construction on the Arch grounds forced it to change locations.

alt-rock band American Authors
courtesy Fair St. Louis

Country, rock and R&B fans will all have a free night of entertainment tailored to their interests this summer during Fair St. Louis.

Additional artists performing at the fair were announced Thursday: alt-rock band American Authors, bluesy pop singer Noah Guthrie, R&B trio Tony! Toni! Toné! and pioneering female rapper MC Lyte. Local band Dirty Muggs will also take a turn on stage.

Fair Saint Louis enters its 35th year with a line-up that includes acts from Chris Young to Kool & the Gang. PR Chairman for Fair St. Louis Alonzo Byrd says organizers strive to acknowledge St. Louis is a music city.

Steve Pozaric
Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

Fair Saint Louis Foundation and the city of St. Louis announced Wednesday that Fair St. Louis 2015 would be returning to Forest Park. The fair was held in the same location this year. New General Chairman Steve Pozaric hopes to top this year’s estimated attendance of 250,000 people. He attributes the draw to the fair’s rich history.

Missouri History Museum, St. Louis

Forest Park is expecting to have just under 50,000 visitors 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. Louis can learn a lot from the Pageant and Masque St.

Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

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.

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.

Part of the Flying Wallendas
2009 Circus Flora photo

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.

(via Flickr/Tyson Blanquart)

Fair St. Louis’s move to Forest Park this year is presenting the St. Louis Police Department with some unique challenges. That's according to police chief Sam Dotson, who expressed his concerns at a police board hearing Thursday. 

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.  But he said it's important to make sure the plan to keep everyone safe is airtight, especially this first year.

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Fair St. Louis gave the area “something to talk about” today with an announcement that Bonnie Raitt is among the top acts for this year’s Fair St. Louis. The Fray and The Band Perry round out the list of headliners for this year’s annual Fourth of July festival.

The Band Perry will play Thursday, July 3 at event, which moves to Forest Park this summer because of construction at the Arch Grounds.

(Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

Next week will mark the 33rd annual Fair Saint Louis, and two surviving Tuskegee Airmen will serve as honorary grand marshals of the 136th VP Parade.

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.

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Flooding along the Mississippi River has forced the relocation of parts of this weekend's Fair St. Louis, but - good news - the water isn't expected to get any higher.

The river is expected to crest at 34 feet in St. Louis tomorrow - just four feet above flood stage.

And Army Corps St. Louis district commander Tom O'Hara says that takes into account the water still flowing into the Missouri River from dams in North and South Dakota and Montana.

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Some downtown St. Louis interstate exit and entrance ramps will be closed this weekend because of Fair St. Louis.

The following ramps will be closed from 9 a.m. on Friday until 6 a.m. on Tuesday:

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The self-proclaimed "America's biggest birthday party," Fair St. Louis, announced the lineup of events and entertainers for this summer's event yesterday.

Here's a quick look at the schedule for the three-day celebration on the grounds of the Gateway Arch:

Saturday, July 2

  • 10 a.m. - The 134th Annual Veiled Prophet Parade
  • Musical Performance: Steve Miller Band
  • Air Show
  • Fireworks

Sunday, July 3