Stay Safe. I will share a little history over the next several days. Missouri Centennial Exposition and State Fair Sedalia, Missouri, August 8-20, 1921 “Missouri is going to have a state-wide Centennial Celebration worthy of the name. With the signing of the Centennial Exposition bill by Governor Hyde, and the appointment of a Commission of twenty-one members to supervise the Exposition, the machinery has been officially set in motion. The bill passed by the Fifty-First Assembly carries and appropriation of $150,000 to defray the expenses of the Celebration. The dates will be August 8-20, 1921. The State Fair Grounds at Sedalia were chosen as the site. Plans for a stupendous program are already underway. Governor Arthur M. Hyde was elected President of the Centennial Commission at the first meeting of the body held in Jefferson City, April 21. Lieutenant-Governor Hiram Lloyd was elected Vice-President, and appointed by Governor Hyde as chairman of an executive committee of seven members which will have direct charge of the Exposition, acting for the commission as a whole. A stupendous program is planned for Centennial Week, August 8-13. A pageant, to be called ‘The Pageant of Missouri,’ will be produced and given nightly on an open-air stage in front of the amphitheater. Historical relics and museum collections will be assembled from all parts of the State, and placed on exhibition in one of the principal buildings. A big feature of the Centennial will be the Homecoming of former Missourians. Plans for this event have been made by the Sedalia Chamber of Commerce, which has raised $25,000 for publicity purposes, and undertaken to invite Missourians everywhere to ‘come home’ for the Centennial. The Sedalia Chamber of Commerce has also undertaken the task of adequately housing and feeding the Centennial crowds. This will be no small task, if the experience of the Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and Maine Centennials is any guide. The crowds will come in thousands; and to house them Sedalians will throw open every private residence in the city, enlarge present hotel and restaurant facilities, install cots in schools and public buildings, and outfit a free camp ground to accommodate 20,000 people. Wednesday, August 10, will be one of the big days of the Celebration. President Harding has been invited to attend on that date; and invitations will be sent to other high government officials and the governors of other states. Missouri was admitted to the Union on August 10, 1821. ‘Missouri Day’ at the Centennial will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the event. Courtesy of erickso1, Nick, on the Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC) Coin Forum. In commemoration of the occasion the United States mint will coin 250,000 Centennial Half-dollars bearing a special Centennial design. These coins are to be given out at the Exposition gates, as change for money paid for tickets. A reunion of descendants of Missouri governors will provide an enjoyable and unique feature on ‘Descendants’ Day.’ A special program will be given in their honor.”1 1. The Missouri Historical Review. October, 1920 – July, 1921, p. 449-452. Published by The State Historical Society of Missouri, Floyd C. Shoemaker, Secretary-Editor, Columbia, Missouri, 1921. From a program in my Numismatic Library. More to follow.