Jefferson City Jaycees Fair boasts big name performers, tradition, change of pace

For those looking for a unique entertainment venue with renowned performances, along with family-friendly activities, Mid-Missourians can find both at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fair, according to Fair Chairman Mike Freeman.

“There’s no other place you can see national headliners without leaving town,” Freeman said.

Rising country stars Dustin Lynch and Josh Gracin will grace the main stage Wednesday and Thursday nights, respectively, while rock groups Black Stone Cherry and Eve 6 will close out the week on Friday and Saturday night, respectively.

Freeman characterized the main musical performances as “highlights” of the fair, along with popular arena events, such as the MATPA Tractor Pull and Demolition Derby.

Other performers, including Rickie Lee Tanner, JT Hodges, Johnny Henry, Str8 Arrow, 4 Skeevy Dudes and Accidental Influence, will entertain before and after the main events each evening.

Traditional market goat, poultry, hog, lamb and rabbit shows will take place early each evening.

Freeman believes unconventional fair attractions like the WLW Wrestling will still draw large crowds and provide “a change of pace” to traditional fair events.

Though Freeman and the Jaycees received several complaints concerning the quality of last year’s carnival, Freeman assured attendees that the carnival will be much improved.

The theme of the fair is “All About the Fun,” which Freeman deemed appropriate for the annual week-long event.

“Come out and have a good time,” Freeman said.

For basic information and an events schedule, see For additional articles and details about the fair, pick up the special Jaycees Fair section inside the Sunday News Tribune newspaper, or see the section online by going to pages 53-64 of our Sunday e-newspaper.


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