The Missouri State Fair has reopened, after a severe thunderstorm passed through Sedalia last night, knocking out power and blowing debris across the fairgrounds.
The gates reopened to the public at 3:00 p.m., after electrical power was fully restored. Spokeswoman Tammy Nichols says there were no injuries to people or farm animals.
It appears that the record-setting heat wave may have finally let up in portions of Missouri, which is good news for State Fair organizers.
The annual event begins one week from today in Sedalia, and forecasters are predicting high’s in the low 80’s for opening day.
Governor Jay Nixon says there’ll be plenty of emergency responders on hand if the excessive heat returns.
A Missouri House committee formed to look into how the state handles natural disasters conducted its first public hearing today in Sedalia, nearly a month after a tornado there destroyed several mobile homes and damaged numerous businesses.
Several local officials and business leaders testified before the House Interim Committee on Disaster Recovery.
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