Missouri State Fair

'Tuffy The Clown' Leads Sedalia Person of the Year VotingTuffy Gessling is a rodeo clown who wore a mask of President Obama at the fair, drawing national attention.
Head of Missouri NAACP Calls Obama Clown Mask A Hate Crime”I think a hate crime occurs when you use a person’s race to depict who they are and to make degrading comments, gestures, et cetera, against them.”
Missouri Politicians Gather at Fair After Obama StuntPlenty of other executive officials and lawmakers also are expected to attend the event at the fairgrounds in Sedalia today.
White House Not Commenting on Rodeo ControversyWhite House spokesman Josh Earnest says he had no reaction from Obama. But he says that personally, as a native of Missouri, "It was certainly not one of the finer moments in our state."
Clown Banned, Announcer Resigns After State Fair RodeoThere was further fallout Monday from a controversy sparked Saturday night when a rodeo clown wearing a mask of President Barack Obama was taunted.
Announcer in Mo. State Fair Controversy Denies Involvement"My client is now being inundated by responsive and retaliatory action, all of which is premised on a false recital of facts. It is respectfully suggested that the media needs to cut out the bull."
Rodeo Clown Dresses As President Obama at Mo. State Fair"The announcer wanted to know if anyone would like to see Obama run down by a bull. The crowd went wild. He asked it again and again, louder each time, whipping the audience into a lather."
Missouri State Fair attendance up by 10,000 More than 353,000 people attended the 11-day fair in Sedalia. Gov. Jay Nixon says a break from a particularly hot summer helped boost attendance.
Missouri Approves 4,600 Applications for Water HelpThe emergency program provides for the state to pay 90 percent, rather than the usual 75 percent, of the cost of drilling or deepening a well.
Nixon Helps Kick Off Annual Missouri State FairThe fair runs from Thursday through Aug. 19.
Lynyrd Skynyrd Cancels Mo. State Fair ShowBand says illness is to blame.

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