Meet the Interns

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Welcome back! This year at the Missouri State Fair, we have a great group of interns in the Marketing Department. After introducing myself in my last entry, I wanted to take the time to introduce my fellow partners as well. These girls have already been hard at work this summer making sure that the State Fair goes off with a bang!


Cierra Monsees – Cierra is a student at Missouri State University in Springfield studying Public Relations with a minor in Technical Writing. Cierra calls Smithton, MO her home where she has lived and worked on her family farm, raising cows and cultivating row crops. She showed steers throughout her high school career and was involved in 4-H and FFA.

Being from a surrounding town, the Missouri State Fair is an event that she is very familiar with. She has attended the Fair every year, even as a baby, and is excited to see what’s in store on the employment side of the Fair. She is looking forward to being a part of the marketing group while getting ready for the Fair.

 Darby Schmidt – Darby is a student at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS studying Agricultural Economics with a specialty in Marketing and a minor in Animal Science.  Darby calls Defiance, MO her home and lives on her family farm where they raise registered Boer Goats. She has shown livestock for the past 12 years in 4-H.

Darby is currently involved with the Block and Bridle Club and the National Agri-Marketing Association at Kansas State University. She serves on the Block and Bridle Officer team as the Agriculture Student Council Representative. Darby’s favorite place to show her livestock is at the Missouri State Fair. She also shows her swine projects at county, state, and national shows. Darby is passionate about agriculture and marketing, and is excited to be working at the Missouri State Fair this summer.


Julie Choate – Julie is a student at Missouri State University in Springfield studying Agricultural Communications. She calls Pleasant Hope, MO. home and grew up on a family farm, raising Hereford cattle and working in her parents’ poultry operation.

At Missouri State University, Julie is involved in Agricultural Communicators Tomorrow, where she serves as vice president, the MSU Collegiate Cattlemen’s Association and Delta Tau Alpha professional honor society. Julie’s passion for agriculture and the Missouri State Fair runs deep. She has attended the fair almost every year since she was five years old, showing cattle or helping her dad in barbeque contests. She not only shows her cattle at the Missouri State Fair, but also county fairs and national shows around the country. Julie is very enthusiastic about working for the Fair this summer. She looks forward to meeting people from around the state and making lifelong connections.

From farming to livestock, you can see that we have a passionate group who are working hard to give fairgoers a great Fair this year. Each of the interns is in charge of a variety of events each day at the Fair. Make sure to keep an eye out to “See What Crops Up” with them on the fairgrounds during the Missouri State Fair from August 11-21!

We hope to see you there!