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"Salute to the Troops" to Honor Local Service Members
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 24, 2017 - On Independence Day, Fair Saint Louis hosts the annual "Salute to the Troops," a special commemorative event that honors approximately 300 Missouri and Illinois military service members and their families. The event will take place on the #FairSTL Stage on Tuesday, July 4 at 5:35 p.m., ahead of the evening's live entertainment.

"Fair Saint Louis is proud to host Salute to the Troops and represent St. Louis in honoring those who have fought to maintain for our freedom, as well as show our support for their families," said James Boldt, general chairman of Fair Saint Louis 2017. "As we celebrate our nation's independence, we invite Fairgoers to join us for the Salute to the Troops and celebrate these brave men and women."

Twenty-five hundred American flags, donated by River City Casino, will be distributed to the Fair Saint Louis crowd to celebrate the local heroes, and a photo tribute will be shown on the #FairSTL Stage's Jumbotron during the ceremony.

The honorees and their families will receive Fair Saint Louis' "Four Star" treatment with special VIP privileges all day. A representative from the Missouri National Guard will lead fairgoers in the National Anthem, while Mayor Lyda Krewson, Fair Saint Louis performer Matt Stillwell, and Brigadier General David Boyle, Director of the Joint Staff for the Missouri National Guard, will participate in the ceremony. Brigadier General (retired) David Irwin and his wife, Karen Irwin, are the event's co-chairs.

"My wife and I are so proud to lead this incredible event that brings together our community in celebrating our brave service men and women," said General Irwin. "Independence Day is a fitting time to give thanks to those who have put their lives on the line to ensure our freedom, and to continue supporting military families who give up so much for their loved ones to serve."


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Hip-hop recording artist Akon, alternative rockers 3 DOORS DOWN and country music superstar Jake Owen are set to perform at America's Biggest Birthday Party, July 2-4 in Forest Park.

Fair Saint Louis Returns to Art Hill
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), April 29, 2017 - Hip-hop recording artist Akon, alternative rockers 3 DOORS DOWN and country music superstar Jake Owen are set to close the three unforgettable nights of America's Biggest Birthday Party, July 2-4 in Forest Park during Fair Saint Louis.

The lineup also includes rapper SuperDuperKyle, veteran rockers Sister Hazel, pop-punk trio Eve 6, county music duo Dan + Shay and country music singer Matt Stillwell.

"Our talented lineup of entertainers who will rock the Fair this July transcend across multiple genres," said James Boldt, general chairman of Fair Saint Louis 2017. "With these top-notch artists, our fairgoers are sure to enjoy another unforgettable Fair Saint Louis event this year."

Popular family-friendly Fair Saint Louis events and attractions such as Salute to the Troops, The Fairway, Purina/Ameren Festival Zone and the Interactive Zone will all return for the 2017 Fair. Fireworks presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car/Edward Jones will cap off each night.

The VP Parade - also known as America's Birthday Parade - will kick off at Broadway and Market Street in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, July 1 at 9:30 a.m. The parade's theme is "Great Things Are Happening!" in honor of the great things that are happening in St. Louis and throughout the country.

2017 Fair Saint Louis Schedule of Events

Please note: Schedule and times are subject to change. More information at www.fairsaintlouis.org.

Saturday, July 1 - 135th VP Parade (America's Birthday Parade) begins at 9:30 a.m. at Broadway and Market Street in downtown St. Louis.

Sunday, July 2 - Fair Saint Louis opens in Forest Park at 1 p.m. Family entertainment in the Purina/Ameren Festival Zone, STEAM Exhibit presented by SCOPE, zip line and human slingshot rides, The Fairway, and the Interactive Zone. Performances by the Missouri Army National Guard, Dirty Muggs, SuperDuperKyle and Akon on the #FairSTL Stage. Fireworks presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car/Edward Jones at 9:35 p.m.

Monday, July 3 - Fair Saint Louis opens in Forest Park at 4 p.m. Family entertainment in the Purina/Ameren Festival Zone, STEAM Exhibit presented by SCOPE, zip line and human slingshot rides, The Fairway, and the Interactive Zone. Performances by the Missouri Army National Guard, Eve 6, Sister Hazel and 3 DOORS DOWN on the #FairSTL Stage. Fireworks presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car/Edward Jones at 10 p.m.

Tuesday, July 4 - Fair Saint Louis opens in Forest Park at 1 p.m. Family entertainment in the Purina/Ameren Festival Zone, STEAM Exhibit presented by SCOPE, zip line and human slingshot rides, The Fairway, and the Interactive Zone. Salute to the Troops on the #FairSTL Stage at 5:35 p.m. Performances by Ben Morgan, Matt Stillwell, Dan + Shay and Jake Owen on the #FairSTL Stage. Fireworks presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car/Edward Jones at 9:35 p.m.

"It wouldn't be possible to provide this outstanding entertainment as a gift to our community without the support of our sponsors, including our platinum sponsors Anheuser-Busch, Edward Jones, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Purina, as well our gold sponsors Emerson, Maritz and Ameren," said Boldt. "The ongoing success of Fair Saint Louis is a direct result of the civic collaboration with the City of St. Louis, including the police and fire departments, and many other great organizations who help make this Fair memorable year after year." Transportation plans and parking information will be announced in the coming weeks. MetroLink, biking or walking continue to be great options for fairgoers to get to and from the Fair.


Fountain at World's Fair Pavilion
The fountain on Government Hill beneath the World's Fair Pavilion in Forest Park.

Forest Park Is the 'Crown Jewel' of St. Louis
In 1876, Forest Park was created from 1,371 acres of land west of downtown St. Louis. By the 1890s, the public park was widely used for recreation with bicycle paths, baseball diamonds and lawn tennis courts. An expanded lake provided parkgoers with an opportunity for boating in the summer and skating in the winter. Funds were raised to develop the St. Louis Zoo by the Forest Park Zoological Association.

The western half of the metropolitan park was used as the site for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904. Today, the Saint Louis Art Museum occupies one of the few remaining structures built for the Fair. The Missouri Historical Society is comprised of the new Emerson Electric Center and the Jefferson Memorial Building. The building was the first memorial built to honor Thomas Jefferson and was funded with proceeds from the 1904 Fair.

A natural amphitheater near Art Hill was developed as The Muny in 1917 with proceeds from a theatrical production called the Pageant and Masque which was performed on a stage built over part of the Grand Basin.

In 1936, an Art Deco-style Conservatory opened in Forest Park. The Jewel Box is surrounded by rose gardens, lily ponds, statuary and monuments and houses seasonal displays.

The site of a razed Mounted Police Station became space for the McDonnell Planetarium which was completed in 1963. In 1984, the city sold the Planetarium to the Museum of Science and Natural History. The building, renamed the St. Louis Science Center, is connected by a highway overpass and tunnel to its new headquarters, south of Forest Park.

Private donors to Forest Park Forever paid for the $1.1 million restoration of the World's Fair Pavilion. The current renovation is the first of three scheduled phases of Forest Park Master Plan. Forest Park is used by more than 13 million visitors a year. Forest Park Forever was founded in 1986 to work in partnership with the Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry to rehabilitate and maintain the Forest Park as the "Crown Jewel" of the metropolitan area.

The annual Great Forest Park Balloon Glow and the Great Forest Park Balloon Race is held on Central Field, located just north of the Jewel Box. The Concours d'Elegance and Easter Car Show is held on the Muny upper parking lot.


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