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About State Fair

State Fair is a musical with a book by Tom Briggs and Louis Mattioli, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and music by Richard Rodgers.

Rodgers and Hammerstein originally adapted the Phil Stong novel of the same name for a 1945 movie musical, which was remade in 1962. The stage production closely follows the plot of its predecessors, providing a glimpse into the life of thefarming Frake family and their three-day adventure at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines in 1946. While parents Abel and Melissa are hoping to win a few blue ribbons, siblings Margy and Wayne are more interested in finding romance on the midway.

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Biggest boar in the world, I bet. Harry Ware

State Fair Facts

The five songs from the original 1945 film score were supplemented by others that were either featured in, or cut from, other Rodgers and Hammerstein shows

Dana Andrews was a trained opera singer but did not actually sing in the movie. Instead his voice was dubbed because the studio was unaware he was a trained singer. He later explained that he didn't correct their mistake because he felt the singer dubbing him probably needed the money and he didn't want to put anyone out of work. 

Harry Morgan (billed as "Henry Morgan") appears as a dishonest carnival barker in the film. Morgan, of course, went on to play Colonel Sherman Potter in TV's M*A*S*H. In the 11th season episode, M*A*S*H: The Moon Is Not Blue the staff of the M*A*S*H 4077th unit watches the movie "State Fair". 

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