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 and supervision of the Fair director, and it has authority to lease or purchase land and accept or reject contracts.

Membership Requirements
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; and three (3) must be at-large members.

Commission Details

  • Number of Members: Nine (9)
  • Members Appointed by Governor: Nine (9)
  • Length of Term: Four (4) years
  • Senate Advice & Consent Required: Yes

Political Affiliation
Not more than four (4) members, excluding the Director of Agriculture, may be members of the same political party.

Geographic Affiliation
Geographic Affiliation is required. Not more than two (2) members may reside in the same congressional district, and members must reside in Missouri for at least five (5) years preceding appointment.

Chris Chinn
Chris Chinn
Director of Missouri Agriculture
City: Jefferson City
Slot: Director of Missouri Agriculture
Term: Jan 2017
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Sherry Jones
City: Dawn
Slot: Active Farmer 1
Term: March 6, 2019 – Dec 29, 2020
Party: Republican
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Nikki Cunningham
City: Rogersville
Slot: At Large Member 1
Term: Jan 2, 2018 – Dec 29, 2021
Party: Republican
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Jamie Johansen
City: Lebanon
Slot: At Large Member 3
Term: June 1, 2021 – Dec 29, 2023
Party: Independent
Ted E. Sheppard, Vice Chairman
City: Cabool
Slot: County Fair Board Member or Past President 1
Term: July 29, 2010 – Dec 29, 2012
Party: Republican
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Kevin Roberts, Chairman
City: Hillsboro
Slot: County Fair Board Member or
Past President 2
Term: March 6, 2019 – Dec 29, 2022
Party: Democrat
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Randy Little
City: Republic
Slot: Agribusiness Employee
Term: June 9, 2020 – Dec 29, 2021
Party: Republican
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Harold “Byron” Roach
City: Cameron
Slot: Active Farmer 2
Term: Dec 1, 2021 – Dec 19, 2023
Party: Democrat