- Ticket to the Past: The First 25 Years of the Missouri State Fair
- The Missouri State Fair Begins
- The Fair Grounds
- All Roads Lead to the Fair
- Fair Attractions in the Air
- Fair Attractions on the Stage
- Profitable Fun For All Who Come
- The Fair in Wartime
- Agriculture at the Fair
- Fair Attractions on the Track
- Missouri Centennial
- Silver Anniversary
The Fair in Wartime
Patriotism was stressed during the World War I years. Historical pageants shared the stage with battle reenactments complete with fireworks simulating enemy fire. Souvenirs, premium lists, and posters all urged duty paired with pleasure. “Red Cross/Patriotic Day” was proclaimed; a special one day appearance of a military biplane encouraged attendance. A percentage of the proceeds were donated to that worthy cause.
The Fair proclaimed 1918 “War Service Year in Missouri,” and showcased “The World At War,” a pageant recreating an urban battle zone and dramatizing the plight of American soldiers. The centerpiece of the 1919 Victory State Fair was an awesome array of war machines--tanks, airplanes, machine guns, anti-aircraft guns, torpedoes, grenades, mines, and armored automobiles, some of them captured from Germany.