Missouri State Fair > Competition Updates
NOTE: While these NEW items are listed, they do not replace exhibitor’s requirement for reading ALL of the General Rules & Regulation, Animal Health Requirements, and Department Rules & Regulations.
Entry forms are now live here.
NEW – Superintendents
Home Economics – Lori Doerhoff, Fulton, MO
4-H Building Co-Superintendents – Dustin Oehl and Maria Calvert
BUILDING – HOURS OF OPERATION
Commercial Exhibit Buildings are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on August 13, 14, 15, 21 and 22. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on August 16 – 20. Hours on August 23 are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Competitive Exhibit Buildings are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on August 13, 14, 15, 21 and 22. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. August 16 – 20. Hours on August 23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This applies to Fine Arts, Floriculture, Home Economics, FFA, and 4-H. Agriculture Building will be open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily.
All building exhibits must remain intact until 6:00 p.m., Sunday, August 23. Any exhibitor who violates this policy will not be allowed to return to future fairs.
Single day adult: $11
Age 6 -12: $3
Livestock and Competitive Exhibits Exhibitor Admission (must be purchased before Aug 13): $6
Advance Adult Admission ticket (must be purchased before Aug 13): $8
Have been updated.
Additional money offered in Open Carcass Steers, Open Carcass Barrows, Open Carcass Lambs and Open Carcass Goats.
Will not be open in 2020.
The 2020 State Fair Rabbit Shows have been canceled. Learn more >>
Online bidding will be available for the (12) lots of animals and (1) lot of a commemorative belt buckle offered in the Sale of Champions provided by LiveAuctions.tv
NEW – SHOW / CONTEST
August 16, 3:00 p.m. – Sheep Pavilion Arena
Hosted by Lincoln University Extension and University of Missouri Extension
Thursday, August 20 – 2:00 p.m. – Swine Pavilion
The Missouri State Fair and The Missouri State Fair Foundation, in partnership with Special Olympics of Missouri, will host a Special Olympics Swine Showmanship class. Each athlete will be paired with an experienced 4-H and FFA Swine Exhibitor to learn the basics of exhibiting at the Missouri State Fair and enjoy the same GREATNESS (independence, confidence, respect, and fun) 4-H and FFA youth livestock exhibitors experience when they enter the show ring. For more information contact: Missouri State Fair Foundation 660-473-4852.
FAIRY GARDEN SHOW, Friday, August 14
NEW – SHOW / CONTEST RULES
Drug Use Notification Form: For each animal entered in any Junior Livestock competition at the Missouri State Fair, the Exhibitor must complete prior to weigh-in (to be turned in at health check-in), a Drug Use Notification Form showing all illnesses, injuries, medications and injections, including the locations of any injuries and injections, the dates, amounts of medications and injections given the animal and the purpose of each treatment, since exhibitor ownership deadline (withdrawal time must be met at show time). If care is given by a licensed veterinarian, you must show the name and address of the veterinarian.
Open Livestock Exhibitors: Due to budgetary restrictions for the 2020 Missouri State Fair, no open show livestock premiums will be offered. Premiums will be paid for 4-H and FFA junior livestock show placings as in previous years. Standard entry fees will still apply. Premiums sponsored by outside groups, businesses, or organizations will still be honored.
Out of State Exhibitors: The Missouri State Fair reserves the right to give priority to Missouri livestock exhibitors when considering stall, pen, or coop capacities. Any entries received after these capacities are reached will be returned and canceled.
Six Horse Hitches that showed at the 2019 will have a spot at the 2020 Fair reserved until July 1st. After July 1st we will accept entries until we have a total of sixteen hitches.
Draft Horse Hitches – Thursday, August 20, 6:00 p.m.
5 Open Tandem: hitched to a two wheeled cart
6 Open Four-abreast
7 Show-Me Four Horse Hitch Series. Open only to member of this group. Premiums paid by Show-Me Group.
14 Showmanship 12 & under
15 Showmanship 13-18 years of age
29 Mare mule, 4 – 7 years old
30 Mare mule, 7 years old & over
44 Walk/Trot Mule or Donkey, 12 & under
45 Walk/Trot Mule or Donkey, 13 & 17 years of age
46 Gaited Pleasure Mule, Youth Rider 18 & Under
47 Walk/Trot Mule or Donkey, Open
56 Lady’s Western Pleasure Mules, 18 & over
60 Men’s Gaited Pleasure Mule
63 Lady’s Gaited Pleasure Mule
65 Men’s Western Pleasure Mule, 18 & over
Class age breaks have changed.
No animal that is shown in the market classes will be eligible to show in the breeding classes.
Market heifers need to present a 30 day non-pregnancy verification signed by an accredited, licensed, non-owner veterinarian at the time of weigh-in. If the verification cannot be produced the exhibitor can produce an accredited, licensed, non-owner veterinarian to examine the market heifer on the grounds of the Missouri State Fair, and verify the non-pregnant status of the Market heifer. Without the signed verification or on site physical verification the market heifer will be disqualified.
All exhibitors, except beef cattle, must bring their own bedding during the 2020 Fair. Livestock exhibitors are also expected to bring their own feed – additional feed and bedding will not be available for purchase during the Fair.
As part of the 2020 pilot bedding project, beef cattle exhibitors will be provided Premium Missouri Mulch bedding for $10 per head to be paid along with entries. No other bedding will be allowed for beef cattle including sawdust, pellets, etc. Dairy cattle exhibitors may continue adding straw to the bedding. All exhibitors should practice good environmental stewardship, keeping the bedding clean and free of glass, plastics, cans and other trash for the purposes of the Fair’s recycling agreement.
MUST READ – New healthy requirements for swine.
Pellet bedding and sawdust is prohibited in the pens. No bedding materials are allowed in alleyways.
2 animals will assigned to pens in the east barn, bring dividers if needed. Exception is for Boars.
Bacon must have a length of 20” to 24” and width of 8” to 10”, with a minimum weight of 6 to 6 ½ pounds.
Friday, August 14
2:00 p.m. Bothwell Regional Health Center’s “Naturally Sweetened Dessert Contest”
Saturday, August 15
10:00 a.m. Missouri Beef Council “Round Steak” Recipe Contest
Sunday, August 16
2:00 p.m. “Maxine’s Yeast Dinner Rolls” Cooking Contest
Monday, August 17
10:00 a.m. “Appetizer Dip” Cooking Contest
2:00 p.m. “Gourmet Mac ‘n Cheese” Cooking Contest
Tuesday, August 18
2:00 p.m. “Frosted Cupcakes” Cooking Contest, all ages
Talent/Speech must be performed solely by the contestant without accompaniment or assistance from any additional individuals during her performance. Further, any speech or talent requiring a live animal, regardless of the animal’s size, must be approved by the Queen Superintendent at least two weeks prior to the contest. This decision will be made with consideration for safety and fairness to all competitors.
There are numerous class and rule changes.