Storm Empties Missouri State Fair Campgrounds

August 19, 2011 by   - () Comments Off on Storm Empties Missouri State Fair Campgrounds

Severe weather overnight forced the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia to partially close today (Aug. 19) until debris can be cleaned up and damaged repaired, The Kansas City Star reported.

Fair officials evacuated the campgrounds with campers moved to Assembly Hall for safety during the storm. The campers have since returned to the campsites.

“Due to severe weather during the night, some damage occurred on the Missouri State Fair Grounds,” Fair Director Mark Wolfe said in a statement. “Fortunately, there were no injuries to people or livestock.”

Electricity is currently out at the fairgrounds and many tents had been blown down. Debris is scattered throughout the grounds.

“The Missouri State Fair will be closed partially today until electricity has been restored and maintenance crews have had time to repair and clean up the damage,” Wolfe said. “Once the fairgrounds are safe, it will be opened to the public.”

Wolfe hopes to have the fairgrounds reopened by noon today.

Meanwhile, livestock exhibitors who need to care for animals may enter any time at Gate 4.

Fair officials didn’t know how many people were in the fair campgrounds, which have 1,100 sites, but it is believed that they were near capacity.

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