Boone County Ready Festival (Preparedness Fair)

The Boone County Ready Festival, formerly titled Preparedness Fair, is being held at Albert Oakland Park on September 1st from 4pm – 8pm.

September is National Preparedness Month! Learn more about National Preparedness Month.

About the Event

OEM hosts the annual, community-wide Boone County Ready Festival (formerly Preparedness Fair) on Thursday, September 1st, 2022 to recognize everyday heroes in the response and preparedness fields while fostering preparedness and building resiliency in our community. This year the family and pet-friendly event will be from 4pm to 8pm at Albert-Oakland Park in Columbia. We will have food, activities, crafts, live music and more!

The event has been renamed to align with the community preparedness campaign, Boone County Ready, that was launched March 1st of this year.  Boone County Ready aims to enhance community preparedness, foster collaboration and build resilience by engaging our citizens in actively preparing for emergencies and disasters. Learn more about Boone County Ready and find the tools that you need to be better prepared.

Text PREPARE to 77295 to opt-in to event-specific alerts and notifications. You will automatically be opted out at the end of the event.

Thank you to our sponsors!

View the 2022 Sponsorship Packet here for more information about the various opportunities available. The 2023 sponsorship packet will be available in January 2023.

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2023 event, please email us at or call 573-554-7900.

Vendor Registration Closed.

Interested in participating as a vendor or food truck next year?  Call or email us to be added to our distribution list to stay in the loop on 2023 planning and communications.

Support the event as a Volunteer!

Support the Boone County Ready Festival by signing up to volunteer the day of the event! Volunteers will receive a voucher for a free meal during the event at a participating food truck. Register today or contact us for more information.


Event Map

Check out the event map!

Earn Raffle Tickets

Attendees will have the opportunity to earn raffle tickets at the fair to win prizes! 

1 Raffle Ticket: Be Informed! Opt-in to non-emergency preparedness messaging by texting READY to 67283.  Stop by the BCOEM booth to show them your welcome message or a recent notification to earn this ticket.

2 Raffle Tickets: Make a Plan!  Stop by the BCJC booth to show you have a Boone County Ready Powered by Smart911 Safety Profile.  Download the Smart911 app by texting SMART911 to 67283.

3 Raffle Tickets: Get Involved!  Stop by the American Red Cross booth to show you are CPR certified.

4 Raffle Tickets: Give Back! Make a canned good donation to the Food Bank.  1 ticket per canned good, up to 4 tickets.

Weather Policy

In the event of severe weather or unsafe conditions, the Boone County Ready Festival will be cancelled.  Follow us on social media for general event updates.  Text PREPARE to 77295 to opt-in to event-specific alerts and notifications. You will automatically be opted out at the end of the event. The rain date for this event is tentatively September 22nd.

COVID-19 Considerations

The Boone County Office of Emergency Management encourages everyone to follow current Boone County health guidelines. 

ADA Accessibility

The Boone County Ready Festival has taken measures to meet ADA compliance. 

Tom S. Hurley Public Safety Service Award

Learn about the award we're presenting at the Preparedness Fair.


Level IV: Boone County Ready Hero

Level III: Ready Ambassador

Level II: Ready Champion

Level I: Ready Ranger

Boone Supported Living

Tom S. Hurley Public Safety Service Awardee Selection Committee

Elizabeth Thompson - Chair

The 2022 members include representatives from the following agencies: 

  • Boone County Office of Emergency Management
  • Boone Health
  • University of Missouri
  • Boone County Joint Communications
  • University of Missouri Police Department
  • Columbia Police Department
  • Boone County Fire Protection District
  • University of Missouri Healthcare

Selected Event Photos