Nixon said this year, during one of the worst droughts in decades, the fair is an important way to showcase the "perseverance" of the state's agriculture community.
"It has been a long, hot couple of months. There is no doubt that Mother Nature has hit our agriculture industry hard this year," Nixon said. "We're standing with our farmers, helping them where we can."
The fair draws agriculture stakeholders and urban residents, alike, all to celebrate the state's agriculture industry.
Missouri Director of Agriculture John Hagler says the fair has always been about agriculture.
110 years, our fair has showcased the best of
In this election year, politics is naturally at play in the fair's festivities. Missouri Democrats and Republicans have tents set up, and next week, political candidates from all levels will participate in the Governor's annual Ham Breakfast on Thursday, August 16.
The fair runs through August 19 and features craft and agriculture displays, big name entertainment, and plenty of politics. The theme of the 2012 Missouri State Fair is "Celebrate Then and Wow."
The Governor and First Lady Georganne Nixon will be at the awards presentation for the First Lady's Pie Contest at the Fair on Aug. 16 as well.