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July 2, 2014

Fair St. Louis moves to Forest Park, adds new attractions

Fair St. Louis has taken up new digs for this year, posing some challenges to Fourth of July celebrants in St. Louis and the metro-east.

For starters, America's biggest birthday party Thursday through Saturday is moving from the St. Louis riverfront to Forest Park, which hasn't seen so much fair excitement since the grounds hosted the 1904 World's Fair.

Sure, the three nights of fireworks, Veiled Prophet Parade, non-stop entertainment, the Family Festival Zone and free admission are back, but fair organizers promise "a fair like never before."

The move to Forest Park makes possible daily performances by Circus Flora's Flying Wallendas and the Lake St. Louis Water Ski Club.

You can watch Tino Wallenda take thrilling evening skywalks on a slender wire more than six stories above the Grand Basin -- with no net below.

On the Grand Basin, ski club members, who range from 5 to 70 years old, will wow you with their water gymnastics. And professional wakeboarders from Midwest NightFLY will take part in the Wake Challenge.

"These terrific additions, which have never before been part of the fair, are being made possible this year because of the unique characteristics of the fair's new venue on Art Hill, overlooking the majestic Grand Basin," said Lori Thaman, executive director of Fair Saint Louis. "They round out an already impressive lineup of musical entertainment on the Budweiser Main stage, that will be paired with a host of family friendly, hands-on activities in the Ameren/Purina Family Festival Zone and a variety of cultural performances on the stage in the Post Foods Parade Town. ..."

132nd Veiled Prophet Parade: It steps off at 10 a.m. Friday from The Muny on Theatre Drive in Forest Park and will wind westward through the park to the Probstein Golf Center. KMOV-TV will broadcast the parade at The Muny. In addition to floats, inflatable balloons and other parade units, 11 high school bands, including Belleville East, Collinsville, Mater Dei, O'Fallon and Alton will participate in the parade and will compete in the Liberty Drum Challenge, which which will be judged at locations along the parade route.

Former Glen Carbon resident Tess Boyer, a former St. Louis Rams cheerleader who won the hearts of millions of TV viewers as one of the top 10 performers on season six of NBC's "The Voice," will be the featured performer on the VP Fair Float.

Headliners: The Band Perry will take the Budweiser Main Stage at 8:45 tonight; Friday's main attraction is country singer Bonnie Raitt at 8:30; and The Fray will rock the stage at 8:30 Saturday.

Fireworks: Spectacular fireworks shows will follow the headline musical acts at 10 p.m. all three nights. The best spot to watch them is Art Hill.

Getting there: Entrance to the fair are through designated entrances only. Parking on designated lots within the park is free until noon Thursday and until 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday. After that, it will cost $30 to park in Forest Park lots. The use of MetroLink and a shuttle from the Chaifetz Arena parking lots are strongly encouraged. Maps plus MetroLink and shuttle schedules and bike paths are available at

What you can bring to the fair: Blankets, umbrellas, baby strollers and wagons, diaper bags, collapsible chairs, one factory-sealed water bottle up to 1 liter, empty plastic water bottle, binoculars, personal camera equipment, service animals. All items are subject to inspection.

What you can't bring: Alcoholic beverages; glass, metal or unsealed containers over 1 liter; coolers; large containers; weapons; explosives or fireworks; illegal substances; pets; bicycles, skateboards, scooters or personalized motor vehicles; professional recording or photography equipment.

What: Fair St. Louis

Hours: 5-10:30 p.m. Thursday; noon-10:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday

Where: Forest Park


5 p.m. Wake Challenge, featuring performances by Lake St. Louis Water Ski Club and Midwest NightFLY Wakeboarders at the Grand Basin

6 p.m. Children's Parade through St. Louis Zoo

10 p.m. Circus Flora's Flying Walendas

10:05 p.m. Fireworks

Parade Town Stage

5 p.m. U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America's Hott Brass Band

6 p.m. Smash Band

Budweiser Main Stage

7 p.m. Thompson Square

8:45 p.m. The Band Perry


10 a.m. 132nd annual Veiled Prophet Parade

1 p.m. Wake Challenge, featuring performances by Lake St. Louis Water Ski Club and Midwest NightFLY Wakeboarders, Grand Basin

10 p.m. Fireworks

Parade Town Stage

1 p.m. Roots of a Rebellion

2 p.m. Jake's Leg

3 p.m. Ozark Mountain Daredevils

4:15 p.m. Bella & Lily

6 p.m. Cabaret Singers

7:45 p.m. Art of Bellydance with Bedouin Spice Belly Dancers

Budweiser Main Stage

4 p.m. Mary Lambert

5 p.m. Gavin DeGraw

6:45 p.m. Matt Nathanson

8:30 p.m. Bonnie Raitt


7 a.m. Schnucks Freedom 4 Miler and Family Fun Run

1 and 3:30 p.m. Wake Challenge, featuring performances by Lake St. Louis Water Ski Club and Midwest NightFLY Wakeboarders, Grand Basin

7:45 p.m. Circus Flora's Flying Wallendas

8:15 p.m. Salute to the Troops

10 p.m. Fireworks

Parade Town Stage

Noon 135th Army Band

1 p.m. Dirty Muggs

2:30 p.m. En Vogue

4 p.m. Musiq Soulchild

5:45 p.m. Alma De Mexico

7:30 p.m. St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists

Budweiser Main Stage

5 p.m. Capital Cities

6:30 p.m. The Neighbourhood

8:30 p.m. The Fray

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