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!  The theme of this year’s national campaign is TBD.

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 campign, 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.

We are in need of sponsors to make this event a success! 

View the 2022 Sponsorship Packet here for more information about the various opportunities available.

If you are interested, please email us at or call 573-554-7900.


Vendor Registration now open!

Interested in participating as a vendor or food truck? Register here. Call or email us with questions or concerns.



The event schedule will be posted closer to the event date.

Event Map

The Event Map will be on display throughout the fair and here once the event gets closer.

Earn Raffle Tickets

Attendees will have the opportunity to earn raffle tickets at the fair to win prizes!  Check back closer to the event for more details.

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.


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Boone County Preparedness Fair Planning Committee

Elizabeth Thompson - Chair

The 2021 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