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Fair St. Louis Announces It Will Return To Forest Park

Steve Pozaric
Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

Fair Saint Louis Foundation and the city of St. Louis announced Wednesday that Fair St. Louis 2015 would be returning to Forest Park. The fair was held in the same location this year. New General Chairman Steve Pozaric hopes to top this year’s estimated attendance of 250,000 people. He attributes the draw to the fair’s rich history.

“It’s a free event which is unlike most festivals of this type,” Pozaric said. “Continuing on with the fine traditions of a free event, family friendly, and world class entertainment, and wonderful fireworks are how Fair St. Louis distinguishes itself from other festivals around the area and country.”

The fair will take place July 2-4 at Forest Park’s Art Hill. The Art Hill location hosted Fair St. Louis while the fair’s traditional location on the grounds of the Gateway Arch undergoes a $380 million renovation.  The project broke ground in fall of 2013.

“Having surpassed all of our expectations in 2014,and having received rave reviews from attendees and nearby neighbors, Forest Park was the natural choice for the 2015 festivities as work continues on the Gateway Arch grounds,” said Pozaric. 

Former general chairman, Bob Ciapciak attributes Fair St. Louis 2014’s success to the organization's ability to embrace and take care of its temporary new home. 

“At the end of three days of festivities, the park grounds were left in meticulous condition demonstrating that the right plan, courteous attendees, and a dedicated clean up team the park could accommodate a large crowd without repercussion,” he said. 

According to organizers, the search for appropriate musical acts that appeal to diverse audiences  is already underway.