Bonnie Raitt, The Band Perry among Fair Saint Louis entertainers

Bonnie Raitt, The Band Perry, The Fray and Musiq Soulchild will be among this year’s headlining performers for Fair Saint Louis as it moves its Fourth of July celebration from the Riverfront to Forest Park due to the Arch Expansion Project.

The celebration takes place July 3rd, 4th and 5th with Gavin DeGraw, Matt Nathanson, Mary Lambert, Capital Cities and The Neighbourhood also performing.

“This year marks a very special time for Fair Saint Louis,” said Bob Ciapciak, chairman of Fair Saint Louis 2014. “For the first time ever, America’s Biggest Birthday Party will be held over three fun-filled days in the space that once hosted the 1904 World’s Fair.”

In keeping with Fair Saint Louis tradition, Ciapciak also noted that fair-goers can look forward to a variety of family friendly activities and spectacular, custom fireworks shows, sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Edward Jones, which will be tailored to the new Forest Park venue.

The schedule for the headline entertainment and other cornerstones of the Fair Saint Louis experience is shaping up as follows:

Thursday, July 3rd beginning at 5 p.m.

  • Fair Saint Louis Opens with Presentation of Colors by a Color Guard from one of the Commands at Scott Air Force Base and a performance by the USAF Band of Mid-America’s Hot Brass Band as part of the Post Foods Parade Town experience
  • Performance by Smash Band
  • Performance by The Band Perry

Friday, July 4th beginning at 8:30 a.m.

  • Three World Record attempts, all sponsored by Post Foods
  • 131st annual Veiled Prophet Parade steps off at 10 a.m.
  • Fair Saint Louis kicks-off at noon
  • Evening performances by Gavin DeGraw, Matt Nathanson and Mary Lambert, followed by Bonnie Raitt

Saturday, July 5th beginning at 7 a.m.

  • Schnucks Freedom 4 Miler & Family Fun Run, organized and produced in conjunction with the St. Louis Sports Commission
  • Fair Saint Louis kicks off at noon
  • Webster University’s Salute to the Troops
  • Performances by Musiq Soulchild, Capital Cities and The Neighbourhood, leading up to The Fray

All performances will be free and open to all ages. Additional performers and a host of exciting new programming elements made possible by the new venue are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

The Fair Saint Louis Foundation wants to assure fair-goers that they are working closely with a transportation consultant and appropriate agencies and neighboring communities to develop a comprehensive transportation plan that will be published at the end of May. As the Fair gets closer, more specifics will be provided on the role the public can play in keeping traffic flowing during the three-day event, including using MetroLink, or biking or walking to the festivities where possible.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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