The Missouri State Fair Commission was established by the Missouri Legislature effective September 1, 1995 through Missouri Revised Statutes (Chapter 262, Section 26.217).
The purpose of the Commission is to oversee the operation of the Missouri State Fair. It is responsible for the selection & supervision of the Fair director, & it has authority to lease or purchase land & accept or reject contracts.
Director of Missouri Agriculture
City: Jefferson City
Slot: Director of Missouri Agriculture
Term: Jan 2017
Slot: Active Farmer 1
Term: March 6, 2019 – Dec 29, 2020
Ted E. Sheppard
Slot: County Fair Board Member or Past President 1
Term: July 29, 2010 – Dec 29, 2012
Slot: County Fair Board Member or
Past President 2
Term: March 6, 2019 – Dec 29, 2022
Slot: At Large Member 1
Term: Jan 2, 2018 – Dec 29, 2021
Slot: Agribusiness Employee
Term: June 9, 2020 – Dec 29, 2025
Slot: At Large Member 3
Term: June 1, 2021 – Dec 29, 2023
Harold “Byron” Roach
Slot: Active Farmer 2
Term: Dec 1, 2021 – Dec 19, 2023
Two (2) members must be active farmers; two (2) must be current or past presidents of county or regional fair boards; one (1) must be the director of the Department of Agriculture; one (1) must be employed in agribusiness; & three (3) must be at-large members.
Number of Members: Nine (9)
Members Appointed by Governor: Nine (9)
Length of Term: Four (4) years
Senate Advice & Consent Required: Yes
Not more than four (4) members, excluding the Director of Agriculture, may be members of the same political party.
Geographic Affiliation is required. Not more than two (2) members may reside in the same congressional district, & members must reside in Missouri for at least five (5) years preceding appointment.