Tickets go on sale today for the 111th Missouri State Fair. The theme for this year's fair is "Chicks Dig It!", and it will be held August 8-18 in Sedalia, Missouri. The new Jumbo Passes are being sold exclusively at Walgreens stores though August 7. Prices are $45 per ticket, and those are good for four consecutive days of gate admissions and unlimited rides August 12-15. Single day ride tickets are $18.95. Full list of prices and events:
Aug. 8, $2 gate admission all day for ages 6 and older.
Aug. 11, free gate admission for active military, veterans and delayed recruits with appropriate I.D. and $1 gate admission for immediate family members.
Aug. 11-15, $5 gate admission after 5 p.m.
Aug. 15, free gate admission for women of all ages.
Aug. 18, $4 gate admission for ages 13 and older and $1 gate admission for ages 6-12.
Aug. 18, free gate admission for municipal, county and state law enforcement, Missouri firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics with appropriate I.D. and $1 gate admission for immediate family members.
Aug. 18, $15, or half price, carnival ride wristbands will be available at carnival ride ticket booths located on the midway.
The Illinois Department of Transportation says about $1.45 billion in contracts have been awarded so far for high-speed rail construction.
Work on the project is in its fourth season, and most of the current construction focuses on sidings and design of an automated control system. Officials hope to have the high-speed rail service between St. Louis and Chicago up and running in 2015.
A Collinsville man who dresses up as an evil clown and plays in a band called "The Core of Your Nightmares" has been charged with producing child pornography. 31-year-old Martin Evanick pleaded guilty on Monday to taking inappropriate pictures and having a sexual relationship with a minor. The investigation started after the mother of a 16-year-old girl tipped off police about the relationship. According to the federal indictment, the alleged abuse took place over a two-year period. Evanick faces up to 30 years in prison.