Fair begins amid beer strike
By Tom Weber, KWMU
St. Louis – St. Louis's official Fourth of July party starts Saturday.
This is the 25th Fair St. Louis, which used to be called the VP Fair.
Free concerts, air shows, and fireworks are the event's main staples.
But the fair also comes amidst a month-long strike at the company that delivers Anheuser-Busch beer in St. Louis City.
The brewer is a main sponsor of Fair St. Louis.
But Rich Meyers, the fair's executive director, says the strike won't affect availability of beer during the festivities.
"We have no position with regard to the strike," Meyers said. "We hope the two parties can come together and settle their differences. But yeah, we have beer at the fairgrounds and we invite people to enjoy not only beer but all the food and beverages available to them."
The local Teamsters' union president says members will be either picketing or handing out information on the strike at the fair.