The 2012 Missouri State Fair, marks the 50th anniversary of the Missouri State Fair Volunteer Fire Department, who are the most unique firefighters in the state.  The reason for this is because the department itself only exists for two weeks out of the year during the Missouri State Fair. 

Thursday afternoon (August 17), there was a firefighters' parade to showcase old and new fire engines that firefighters used during their 50 years.  In addition, the Budweiser Clydesdales also paraded around on their first full day at the Missouri State Fair.  The Clydesdales will continue to be on display just east of the Mathewson Exhibition Center.