Fair St. Louis

STL 150
10:08 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Forget About The 250th Birthday. Historical Photos Show St. Louis Celebrating Its 150th

The view of the crowd from the stage of the Pageant and Masque held in Forest Park from May 28-31, 1914. The production brought to life the story of the founding of St. Louis 150 years earlier.
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.

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Fair St. Louis
8:10 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Fair St. Louis Organizers Tout Plan For New Venue

Fair St. Louis Foundation Executive Director Lori Thaman addresses reporters during a press conference Monday.
Credit 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.

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Foot of Art Hill
8:50 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Wallendas And Water Skis Added To Fair St. Louis Lineup

Part of the Flying Wallendas
Credit 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.

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Fair St. Louis
10:07 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Fair St. Louis In Forest Park Presents 'Unique Challenges' For St. Louis Police

This summer marks the first time Fair St. Louis will be on Art Hill.
(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
5:31 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

The Fray, Bonnie Raitt, The Band Perry To Headline Fair St. Louis' Foray Into Forest Park

Bonnie Raitt
Provided by Fair St. Louis

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.

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Fair St. Louis
3:04 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Two Tuskegee Airmen To Serve As Fair Saint Louis Honorary Grand Marshals

Grand Marshall Bill Macon on June 28 detailing plans for the 33rd annual Fair Saint Louis.
(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.

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Mississippi River Flooding / St. Louis
2:36 pm
Fri July 1, 2011

Mississippi River flooding in St. Louis expected to stabilize

Looking west from Illinois at downtown St. Louis over a very high Mississippi River on July 1, 2011. The river is not expected to flood any higher this weekend, and should crest at just four feet above flood stage on July 2.
(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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Ramp closures / Traffic
3:17 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Eight downtown ramps to close this weekend

(via Flickr/Zahlm)

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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Fair St. Louis 2011
11:18 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Entertainment announced for 2011 Fair St. Louis

Fair St. Louis festivities last year, as viewed from across the river on the Mississippi river overlook.
(via Flickr/destroyphotography)

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

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