Our midway offers specials each day of the Fair. Each days pricing and hours may be found on the Carnival Information page.

General admission for those 12 and over is $5.00 per person. Under 12 is no charge to attend. Parking is always free. More Information

The annual Fair parade is Saturday morning (9/7) beginning at 9:30am at Capaha Park. Parade entry forms are available on the Exhibitors and contests page. Deadline for entry is September 4. Commercial entries do carry an entry fee.

Our 2024 Auto Tire & Parts Dual Demo Derby is scheduled at 6pm both Saturdays. More Information

Yes. Everyone attending a grandstand event must have a ticket regardless of age. No exceptions.

In cooperation with the Cape Girardeau Police Department, the SEMO District Fair is stepping up security this year to help ensure the safety of our fairgoers. We are choosing to increase security out of an abundance of caution. As fair planners, it’s our job to work with law enforcement to help keep people safe for a positive experience at the fair. For the first time in its history, fairgoers may be scanned by metal detecting devices before entering the Fairgrounds. There will be metal detecting devices at the entry gates.

Weapons of any kind are prohibited on the Fair Grounds including concealed weapons. Security scanning will reveal these weapons. You will not be allowed on the fairgrounds while in possession of prohibited items.

As you plan your visit, you may want to arrive a little earlier as it might take a bit longer than usual to get in to the fair grounds.

Your patience and understanding are appreciated.

We have two areas for vendor displays: Inside the main A.C. Brase Arena Building as well as outside on the fairgrounds in general. Applications for vendor space are available here. Instructions for submitting will be on the application. Please note submitted application does not guarantee vendor space. You’ll be contacted if your applicated is accepted.

The box seat packages are available for purchase by both corporate and individual entities. Each box package includes 8 tickets for each ticketed show during the annual fair. You may contact the fair office to check availability as they are limited. Reserved table seating is also available for the four nights of stage entertainment. They do not include motorsports.

Competitive exhibits may be entered online prior to the annual fair by using the FAIR ENTRY BOOK process located here. Non-livestock entries will be accepted beginning at 5pm Friday September 6 and again Saturday September 7 beginning at 8am (and closing at 11am) in both the A.C. Brase Arena for open classes as well as in the 4-H Exhibit Hall for those entry classes.

Animals for exhibit begin arriving Saturday, September 7, and will remain on display and for show through Monday September 9. Animals that have shown early in the week may have gone home, but additional species and breeds will arrive for show and display beginning Wednesday, September 11 through Saturday, September 14. Tuesday is a transition day. More Information

Credit cards are an acceptable form of payment in most all areas of fair activity, EXCLUDING the entry gates. To avoid clogging up entry points, all entry gates are CASH ONLY. All tickets purchases, carnival midway tickets, and many food and concession vendors accept credit and debit cards. In addition, ATM machines are located at various points on the fairgrounds.


The SEMO District Fair takes place in Arena Park in Cape Girardeau, MO. The fairgrounds are located just minutes from I-55. You can use the Google map below to navigate with your smart phone or search “410 Kiwanis Drive” for directions.

Still have questions? Contact us.