ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Fair Saint Louis 2014 will have something in common with the 1904 World’s Fair — location.

The 4th of July fair traditionally held on the grounds of the Gateway Arch will be held in Forest Park next year with Art Hill being the centerpiece for the event. The Arch and its grounds are in the midst of a multi-million dollar renovation.

The location change was made official in an announcement Wednesday evening.

Fair Foundation Chair Parker Condie Jr. said they could not have asked for a better location.

“It’s a natural amphitheater and the surrounding area will provide fantastic outlooks for the stage, booths, and food tents,” he said

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay called the location change “perfect.”

“When you bring tens of thousands of people into an event like this its important that you have space, that there is accessibility. A place where people can enjoy and have fun,” he added.

Forest Park will be home for the Veiled Prophet Parade, musical entertainment and food vendors. Details about fireworks and the air show are still being ironed out.

Also Wednesday, it was announced that Lori Thaman is the new executive director for the Fair St. Louis Foundation. She has been a volunteer on the fair’s organizing committee for several years.

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