I’m not much of an enthusiast when it comes to thrill rides (you can read this blog about the Branson Skyscraper for more on that), but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the atmosphere of a theme park or a fairground. The smell of fried food and fresh cotton candy, the flash and glow of neon lights on a warm summer evening, the screams and laughter of people who aren’t me from thrill rides that spin overhead. The atmosphere of a fairground can take you right back to your childhood.
With summer in full swing, it’s time for your annual dose of fairground fun and maybe a little nostalgia at the Ozark Empire Fair. The fair returns to the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds for 2019 from Thursday, July 25 to Saturday, August 3.
The Ozark Empire Fair kicks off with live music from Kansas on opening night and a guest appearance from Springfield’s own Shaun Munday. The fair also features live music from country singer Michael Ray and for KING & COUNTRY, known for singles like “Priceless” and “Glorious.”
Admission gets you access to a few free attractions at the 2019 fair. These include Dale Scott’s World of Magic, an exotic petting zoo, pig races and livestock shows. Find out about more free attractions at this year’s Ozark Empire Fair.