Welcome back to the blog! Since I have already introduced myself, it is now time to introduce the other three interns for this summer! These ladies have been working hard to make the 116th Missouri State Fair a success! Below you will find their own stories and why they “Come Home” to the Missouri State Fair every summer!
Hi everyone, my name is Ali Chamberlin and I am very excited to be working as a marketing intern this summer at the Missouri State Fair! I love this year’s theme “Coming Home,” and it is especially true for me as I am coming home for my internship. I am from the small, rural town of Hughesville, Missouri, which is just a short 20 minutes away from Sedalia. Attending the Fair has been an occasion I’ve attended every year since I was born.
Growing up, I can remember always getting so excited for the Fair to start for many reasons. The Fair represented a homecoming where I got to see everyone I knew before the end of summer and the start of the new school year. When attending the Fair it is of course required to eat an unacceptable amount of “Fair food” such as corn dogs, pineapple whip, funnel cakes, and fried oreos! The Fair was where I attended my first concert, Raven Symone, which began my love for attending concerts. Every year I enjoyed seeing the Clydesdale horses, visiting the Agriculture building and looking at the biggest pumpkin, touring the newest campers, and watching cattle and horse shows. This list could go on and on and I am so excited and honored to be a part of the Missouri State Fair this year and help coordinate some of the events and activities! Some of the activities I am coordinating include the State Fair Queen Contest, the Throwback Thursday Scavenger Hunt, and working with Meredith to organize the Daily Kid’s and Adult contests.
As I said, the Fair also signals the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. As soon as the Fair ends, I will be back in Columbia, Missouri, starting my junior year at the University of Missouri. I am majoring in Hospitality Management with an emphasis in Conference and Events and a double minor in Business and Merchandising. I am looking forward to this summer and working hands on at the Missouri State Fair. As this internship and summer wrap up at the close of the Fair, I will be honored to say I have worked and contributed to Missouri’s Largest Agriculture Expo!
Hello! My name is Meredith Clevenger and I am a junior at Mizzou where I am studying Science and Agricultural Journalism. I grew up on a farm near the small town of Hamilton, Missouri, where I got to leave once a year every summer for vacation. That vacation was to the Missouri State Fair! That’s right, you understood me correctly—my annual family vacation was to the Missouri State Fair. I looked forward to the fair each year where I spent my time showing swine, doing 4-H demonstrations and catching up with my fair friends. My sisters and I loved the State Fair so much that we didn’t mind considering it our family vacation. We always felt at home at the Missouri State Fair.
Now, I am too old to show swine and do 4-H demonstrations, but I still love the Fair. I am lucky to be able to take on another role this year as a marketing intern. I am living the dream of spending the entire summer helping get ready for thousands of Fair fans in August at my home away from home! For your 2018 Missouri State Fair, I am honored to be an administer on social media, and coordinating Let’s Talk Livestock and special contests! I am excited about this opportunity and I hope to see you all this August when you “Come Home” to Sedalia!
Hey guys! My name is Reagan Hale and I cannot express how ecstatic I am to work behind the scenes of the 116th Missouri State Fair! I’m from Holt, Missouri, and currently a senior at Northwest Missouri State University where I’m majoring in Agriculture Business. This past year I was fortunate to serve as an Ambassador for the School of Agricultural Sciences and play an active role in my sorority, Sigma Sigma Sigma. Although I wasn’t lucky enough to attend the Fair every single year, (thanks back-to-school time) my fondest Fair memory dates back to 2004 taking numerous pony rides with my older sister and getting to pick out one souvenir to take home. I’m the happiest spending quality time with my friends and family, and in my free time you can probably find me relaxing poolside or checking cows. This year, I am most excited about the Aaron Watson concert, eating an unthinkable amount of corn dogs and funnel cakes, and seeing all of our hard work pay off. This year I will be coordinating the Opening Day Parade, Barnyard Story Time, and BARTholomule, the Missouri State Fair mascot! I can’t wait to see everyone at the Fair!