Tammie Nichols

(Missouri State Fair)

The 2012 Missouri State Fair is underway in Sedalia.

Attendees this year will have access to a new warning system in the event of severe weather.  Fair officials and the State Highway Patrol are offering the service, which will provide text messages to fairgoers if there’s a severe weather warning or other emergency situation.  Marketing Director Tammie Nichols says it’s being provided, in part, because of last year’s severe storm that knocked out power and forced the fair to shut down for several hours.

(Missouri State Fair)

The Missouri State Fair has reopened, after a severe thunderstorm passed through Sedalia last night, knocking out power and blowing debris across the fairgrounds.

The gates reopened to the public at 3:00 p.m., after electrical power was fully restored.  Spokeswoman Tammy Nichols says there were no injuries to people or farm animals.