ST. LOUIS – David N. Farr, chairman of the Fair Saint Louis Foundation and David A. Peacock, Chairman of the St. Louis Sports Commission today shared key highlights for this summer’s 2012 Fair Saint Louis to he hosted on the grounds of the Gateway Arch on Wednesday, July 4,Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7. Programming highlights include:

Wednesday, July 4

  • 7 a.m. — Fair Saint Louis activities will kick off with two new additions, a competitive four-mile run and a one-mile family fun run. Fair Saint Louis is partnering with the St. Louis Sports Commission on both events with proceeds supporting the Sports Commission s efforts in attracting, creating and managing major sporting events for St. Louis that contribute to the overall quality of life for the region.
  • 10 a.m. — The 135th annual Veiled Prophet Parade themed  Around the World
  • 12 p.m.  Fair Saint Louis officially opens with the first of two air shows, including top civilian performers and military aircraft.
  • 8 p.m.  The classic rock sister duo Heart headlines the Budweiser Main Stage and the spectacular US Bank/Enterprise Rent-A-Car Fireworks will conclude day one of the Fair.

Friday, July 6

  • 4 p.m.  Gates open; programming throughout the afternoon will feature live music, Kids Town and performances on the Cultural Stage.
  • 8 p.m.  Third Eye Blind headlines the Budweiser Main Stage, bringing their popular alternative rock back to the Arch grounds followed by the US Bank/Enterprise Rent-A-Car Fireworks.

Saturday, July 7

  • 10 a.m. — Gates open; programming throughout the day will feature live music, Kids Town and the performances on Cultural Stage.
  • 8 p.m.  Dierks Bentley, the rising country star, will headline the Budweiser Main Stage. His sixth album, HOME, debuted earlier this month in the #1 spot on Billboard’s Country Albums chart. The US Bank/Enterprise Rent-A-Car Fireworks will follow his performance to conclude the 2012 Fair Saint Louis.

 For more than 30 years, the grounds of the Gateway Arch have been home to this very special and beloved event, one that has hosted millions of visitors, generated countless memories and has garnered national attention as one of America’s most spectacular Independence Day celebrations, said Farr.  Fair Saint Louis is for families, it’s for visitors, it’ s for fun, and it s for you. It’s Your Fair, and it’s the result of innumerable corporate and individual contributors providing financial support, volunteer services, donation of supplies and other valuable resources. On behalf of the Fair Saint Louis Foundation, I encourage all members of the community to get involved! As we like to say, Fair Saint Louis is  Where America Comes To Celebrate.

 The St. Louis Sports Commission is excited to partner with the Fair Saint Louis Foundation to kick off this year’s Fair with two runs, a competitive four miler and a one-mile fun run, said Peacock.  The mission of both our organizations focuses on contributing to the quality of life for all those who live in the St. Louis region as well as making our community a welcome place for visitors; pairing these runs with Fair Saint Louis is a great way to help celebrate our Nation’s independence for local St. Louisans and guests alike.

Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concerts

Following the Fair Saint Louis festivities, the celebration will continue throughout the month of July with the Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concerts, with performances on July 13/14 and July 20/21 at Soldiers Memorial. Additional details for both Fair Saint Louis and Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concerts will be announced later this spring.

Each year community volunteers, Fair Saint Louis staff and the Veiled Prophet Organization, in partnership with the National Park Service and the City of St. Louis, work together to promote St. Louis by bringing visitors downtown for the nearly month-long event. The name Fair Saint Louis acknowledges this event is produced by Saint Louisans, for Saint Louisans and their guests from all over the world. If members of the community are interested in volunteering, volunteer applications may be downloaded from the Fair Saint Louis website at

  1. Jacquelyn Reed says:

    Every year the fair continues to bring in groups that are suited for certain races and leave others out. Where is the R&B group? Did no one have sense enough to make the overall event well rounded. Personally, I feel totally left out. Every year gets worse and worse. Can’t wait to see who will not be at the summer concerts. But we know the alternative rock and country western bands will be there. What are you really trying to say. I get the message and will keep my black self and money at home. Thank you all for painting a clear picture.

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