ST. LOUIS — As plans for Fair Saint Louis 2015 begin to take shape, representatives of the Fair Saint Louis Foundation and the city of St. Louis have announced that the fair will return to Forest Park for a second year.
The 35th annual Fair St. Louis will take place Thursday, July 2, through Saturday, July 4, as Art Hill again welcomes thousands of fairgoers for a three-day celebration of the nation’s independence.
This year’s Fair Saint Louis marked the first time in more than 30 years that the festivities were held at a venue other than the Gateway Arch Grounds, as the transformation of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial forced fair organizers to find an alternate location. An estimated 250,000 people gathered for this year’s fair.
“Having surpassed all of our expectations during 2014 and having received rave reviews from attendees and nearby neighbors, Forest Park was the natural location choice for the 2015 festivities as work continues on the Gateway Arch Grounds,” said Steve Pozaric, general chairman of Fair Saint Louis 2015.
As the fair’s new general chairman, Pozaric, a partner in Armstrong Teasdale’s Corporate Services Practice Group, succeeds Bob Ciapciak, partner at Edward Jones, who served as general chairman for Fair Saint Louis 2014 and takes the mantle as Chairman of the Fair St. Louis Foundation in January 2015.
“The success of Fair Saint Louis 2014 was a direct result of the tireless efforts of our leadership team and more than 600 volunteers, who worked hand in hand with our wonderful partners at the City of St. Louis and Forest Park Forever,” Ciapciak said. “The event truly demonstrated the spirit of civic collaboration that sets our city apart.”
While the entertainment lineup for 2015 is still under development, fair organizers confirmed that an air show will not be a part of the plans when Fair Saint Louis returns to Forest Park next year.
Noting the planning, resources and logistical effort required to deliver an airshow of the caliber fairgoers expect, Fair organizers said they will focus efforts and financial resources on delivering another outstanding entertainment lineup and on other operational modifications to continue to improve the event.
For information as the plans for 2015 take shape, visit www.fairsaintlouis.org.