Community Interest

Join Us for Missouri’s Largest Agriculture Expo at the State Fair

The Missouri State Fair takes pride in offering agriculture education opportunities to hundreds of thousands of fairgoers each year. Fun and interactive events, exhibits, competitions and shows throughout the 11 days of the Fair are aimed to keep Missouri’s number one industry at the forefront. Come Home and join the fun while learning about agriculture this year at the 2019 Missouri State Fair!

Missouri Grown Market in        the Ag BuildingThe Agriculture Building is the showcase for all the great things that make agriculture Missouri’s number one industry. Exhibits from the Missouri Department of Agriculture and Missouri farmers, ranchers and commodity groups offer kid-friendly, hands-on interaction with agriculture. The building is open from 9 am – 8 pm, Aug. 8-17 and from 9 am – 6 pm, Aug. 18.

Agriculture Building highlights include the Missouri Grown Market which offers fresh and nutritious products grown right here in the Show-Me State available for purchase daily. AgVenture offers opportunities to get up close with agriculture with activities like milking a cow, touching grain seeds and more. Live plants showing Missouri’s top commodities will also be on display.

The agriculture education opportunities at the Fair don’t just include the Agriculture Building. Fairgoers can become immersed in agriculture at every turn. Missouri 4-H and FFA youth will again be on hand to participate in the Let’s Talk Livestock and Barnyard Story Time programs. 

Let’s Talk Livestock, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company, showcases showmanship, animal care and more with demonstrations by State Fair exhibitors and their show livestock.

Barnyard Story Time, sponsored by CFM Insurance, offers our youngest fairgoers a chance to take a seat and listen to an agriculture story book read by a State Fair exhibitor.

After their debut last year, the popular Agriculture Education Trading Cards, sponsored by CFM Insurance, will return. Collect all 10 and learn about agriculture and the State Fair.

Demonstrations at various locations on the fairgrounds each day offer agriculture education to fairgoers of all ages. Missouri Wines will offer Wine 101 Classes, this year pairing Missouri wines with cheese and beef.  Additional demonstrations in the Floriculture Building, Consumer Showcase Stage in the Home Economics Building and Healthy Food Demonstrations by University of Missouri Extension in the Mo-Ag Theatre showcase the diversity of Missouri agriculture.

Since 1901, the Missouri State Fair has been the showcase for agriculture in the state. Come Home to the 2019 Fair and see for yourself! The Fair runs from Aug 8-18, in Sedalia.

What's New?

Say Cheese at our Nine Photo Stations, sponsored by Central Bank

Capture your best moments at the 117th Missouri State Fair at our nine Photo Stations! Located around the fairgrounds, these photo backdrops are great places for you to stop and take a fun picture. The stations are sponsored by Central Bank and will feature four of the designs from last year and five brand new ones including a Growth Chart, Home Economics themed, dairy products themed, My First Fair and Bart’s Barn. When you are out exploring the Fair, keep an eye out or look for the Central Bank Dogwood logo on the map to locate the stations. Use the hashtag #MSFPhotoStation on social media so we can see all of your pics!  We can’t wait to see you Aug. 8-18, 2019!

Come Home for Youth in Agriculture Day, Saturday, Aug. 17!

Celebrate Youth in Agriculture on Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Missouri State Fair! The day is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, and will feature special offers for youth at select concessions and vendors, as well as $1 off adult gate admission with coupons available at Missouri County Extension offices.

The highlight of Youth in Agriculture Day is the annual Sale of Champions at 1:30 p.m. in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall. The Sale of Champions auction event recognizes the accomplishments of twelve young agriculturalists and their top tier livestock projects: Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion steers, barrows, lambs, meat goats, pen of chickens, and pen of rabbits from 4-H and FFA livestock shows. This is an event that you won’t want to miss! Show your support to our youth in agriculture for all their hard work!

Another highly anticipated event on Saturday, Aug. 17 are the Draft Horse Hitches competitions in the Mathewson Exhibition Center. The World Renowned Budweiser Clydesdales will kick off this show starting at 6 pm with competition classes to follow. The popular Show Me Classic class will complete the show featuring six-horse hitches entries in the show ring.

Here are some other fun events to attend during your visit on Saturday, Aug. 17:

  •  Bald Eagle & Peregrine Falcon Demos at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 4 p.m. at the Conservation Building
  •  Wine 101 Class, sponsored by Missouri Wines, at noon at the Missouri Wine Tent
  •  Homegrown Singer Contest Semi Final Rounds, sponsored by Bimbo Bakeries, USA –at 4 p.m. at the Budweiser Tent
  •  Brothers Osborne with Ashley McBryde at 7:30 p.m. in the Pepsi Grandstand. Tickets on sale now!
  •  Bull Riding Competition at 8 p.m. in the State Fair Arena, sponsored by Husqvarna
  •  Full lineup of Free Entertainment & Livestock Shows all day!
  •  And LOTS more!  Visit the Daily Highlights page for Aug. 17 for a complete list.

A full schedule of events will be available for download from our website soon.

Come Home to the Missouri State Fair, Aug. 8-18 in Sedalia!