At a press conference last evening at the Muny, the Fair Saint Louis Foundation announced that America's Biggest Birthday Party will return to Forest Park in 2015. From the full announcement on the Fair's website:
As plans for Fair Saint Louis 2015 begin to take shape, representatives of the Fair Saint Louis Foundation and the City of St. Louis today announced that America’s Biggest Birthday Party will return to Forest Park for a second year. The 35th annual Fair St. Louis will take place Thursday, July 2 thru Saturday July 4, as the sweeping expanse of Art Hill again welcomes thousands of fairgoers for a three-day celebration of our nation’s independence.
Last 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 work underway on the transformation of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial forced Fair organizers to find an alternate location. The decision to stage the event in Forest Park proved to be a smart one, with an estimated 250,000 people gathering for what lived up to its billing as a Fair Like Never Before....
“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,” noted [2004 Chairman Bob] Ciapciak. “The event truly demonstrated the spirit of civic collaboration that sets our city apart.”
Forest Park Forever was pleased to be in attendance last evening. Having partnered so productively with the Fair and City teams for this past July's celebration, we are excited for 2015. We will again work hard to offer visitors an always-beautiful celebration site, all while limiting the impact the event has on these beloved grounds.
Below, you can watch KTVI's report on the announcement, which includes a clip from the press conference itself.