Competition Updates

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The Premium Guide, a comprehensive tool for State Fair exhibitors, is expected to be posted on the Fair’s website soon.

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.

Building – Hours of Operation

Commercial Exhibit Buildings are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on August 12, 13, 14, 20 and 21. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on August 15 – 19. Hours on August 22 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 12, 13, 14, 20 and 21. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. August 15 – 19.  Hours on August 22 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 22. Any exhibitor who violates this policy will not be allowed to return to future fairs.

Admission

Single day adult: $12.00
Age 6 – 12: $3.00
Senior (60 and over): $8.00 (with proper identification: Medicare card, Silver Citizen Discount Card, driver’s license, etc.)
Advance Adult Admission ticket (must be purchased before August 12, 2021): $10.00
Adult Exhibitor tickets (13 and older) (must be purchased before August 12, 2021): $6.00 (limit 40 per exhibitor)

NEW – Superintendents

Horticulture: Jennifer Kliethermes

Home Economics: Lori Doerhoff

Pony Pull: Jerry Kindhart

Truck & Tractor Pulls: Darrell Hendrix

Carcass

Additional money offered in Open Carcass Steers, Open Carcass Barrows, Open Carcass Lambs and Open Carcass Goats.

NEW – Shows/Classes/Contest

Youth Sheep Skillathon
August 15 at 3:00 p.m. in the Sheep Pavilion Arena, hosted by Lincoln University Extension and University of Missouri Extension

Youth Sheep and Meat Goat Judging Contest
August 15 at 3:30 p.m. in the Sheep Pavilion

4-H & FFA Sheep – Team Fitting Competition
August 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sheep Pavilion (replaces previous Sheep Fitting competition)

4-H and FFA Dairy Market Wether Goat
Will be held in conjunction with the 4-H and FFA Dairy Goat Shows.

No Limits P.I.G. Show
August 19 at 2:00 p.m. in the Swine Pavilion

Beef – Miniature Hereford Show
Open, 4-H & FFA Thursday, August 19 at 9:00 a.m. in the MFA Arena

Floriculture – Fairy Garden Show
Friday, August 13 in the Floriculture Building

Open Rabbit Classes
ANGORA, SATIN – Broken – 008
DWARF PAPILLON – 043
LIONHEAD – Black – 083

NEW – Shows/Classes/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.

Equine

4-H/FFA Horse Show
Trail and Reining Exhibitors: Please sign up for class schedule in horse show office no later than 5 pm day prior to class.
*Classes may be deleted beginning in 2022, if continued low participation.

Draft Horses
Six Horse Hitches that showed at the 2019 will have a spot at the 2021 Fair reserved until July 1st. After July 1st we will accept entries until we have a total of sixteen hitches.

Draft Horse Hitches – August 19 at 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.

Mule Classes
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

4-H/FFA

4-H/FFA Beef
No animal that is shown in the market classes will be eligible to show in the breeding classes.

No animal entered by the exhibitor may be fitted by altering the natural conformation, normal dental development, or structure of the animal, or altering the color or structure of the hair in any way except for trimming or blocking, with the exception of coloring below the hock (from the knee joint down). Every exhibitor agrees to submit the entry for any inspection deemed appropriate by the veterinarian, or Missouri State Fair officials. In the event any such animal is declared to be artificially altered in conformation and structure, the Missouri State Fair Commission may permanently bar such animal and the exhibitor from further competition in the Missouri State Fair, and require the immediate return to the Missouri State Fair of all premiums, monies, trophies, and ribbons awarded to the disqualified animal(s).

All steers and market heifers will be mouthed at weigh-in. Steers and market heifers with any permanent teeth erupted will be disqualified, meaning that a full set of baby teeth is required.

NO show halter leads with any sharp objects (no bike chains, barbed wire tied to chain, or etc.) and/or cable halters (including cable leads) will be allowed.

4-H/FFA Showmanship Contest for Steers, Market Heifers and Crossbred Heifers, Junior Exhibitors
Enter online or with your entry blank. 

4-H/FFA Market Heifers
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.

4-H/FFA Sheep
Breeding Sheep Showmanship (for 4-H & FFA only) – class is being offered.

4-H/FFA Meat Goats/Boer Goats
NO show halter leads with any sharp objects (no bike chains, barbed wire tied to chain, or etc.) and/or cable halters (including cable leads) will be allowed.

Overall Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion will be chosen for Commercial Does, Percentage Does, Full-Blood Does and Bucks.

4-H/FFA Dairy Goats
The Missouri State Fair 4H Dairy Goat Show is an official separately sanctioned Junior and Senior restricted show of the American Dairy Goat Association. All ADGA rules will apply.

Every goat must be properly fitted for show and be provided with a collar. No pronged collars may be used. All exhibitors must be neatly and properly dressed (preferably in white) while in the show ring.

4-H/FFA Rabbits
Check in with Superintendents: All rabbit exhibitors must check in by 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 17 and rabbits must be in place by 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 17.

All meat pens must be in place in the rabbit barn and cooped on Tuesday, August 17, by 10:00 p.m.

4-H/FFA Showmanship – Must be 2021 4-H/FFA State Fair Rabbit Exhibitor to do showmanship.

Open

All Beef

All exhibitors, except beef cattle, must bring their own bedding during the 2021 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 2021 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.

NO show halter leads with any sharp objects (no bike chains, barbed wire tied to chain, or etc.) and/or cable halters (including cable leads) will be allowed.

Pinzgauer
All entries must be at least 87.5% Pinzgauer if female and 93.5% Pinzgauer if male, with the exception of Percentage Pinzgauer (formerly Crossbred Classes) entries in classes 46 and 47, which must be at least 46.87% Pinzgauer for both sexes.

Percentage Pinzgauer Classes (formerly Crossbred Classes)

NOTE: Percentage Pinzgauer classes will be broken down by ages depending on entries.

46 Percentage Pinzgauer females (46.87 to 87.5% Pinzgauer) – At least one parent of entered animal must be a registered Pinzgauer
47 Percentage Pinzgauer males (46.87 to 93.5% Pinzgauer) – At least one parent of entered animal must be a registered Pinzgauer

Dairy Cattle
14.  All breeds must be in place by 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 18.
15.  No exhibitor will be allowed to bed down or receive stalling information until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 17.
16.  Dairy cattle exhibitors may add straw only to 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.

Boer Goats
NO show halter leads with any sharp objects (no bike chains, barbed wire tied to chain, or etc.) and/or cable halters (including cable leads) will be allowed.

Open Meat goat wethers and does must be clipped prior to arrival on the Fairgrounds, with hair no longer than 1/4 inch. An inspection will be required for all Open Carcass Meat Goats. No additional clipping in the Sheep Barn.

Poultry
New class – Ducks – Heavy Weight – Blue Muscovy – 461

Rabbits
Stock will be accepted any time after 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 17. All rabbits and exhibitors must be checked in with the Office by 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 17. No cooping will be allowed before 12:00 noon, Tuesday!  Meat pen and Single Fryer ear numbers must be turned in at time of check-in.

All stock to be in place by 10:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 17. Any stock arriving late may not be judged, nor will entry fee be refunded, unless the exhibitor has been at another fair and the Superintendent has been notified in advance.

Meat Pen Classes
All meat pens must be in place in the rabbit barn and cooped on Tuesday, August 17, by 10:00 p.m.

Heads up Youth Rabbit Exhibitors – Cage Marker, Photo Contest – Sponsored by Moore Kammlop Equipment Company.

Sheep

6.  Each exhibitor will be allowed to enter up to four lambs in a class, weather it is spring ewe lamb, fall ewe lamb, spring ram lamb or fall ram lamb, maximum of 16 total.
7.  Maximum of 2 monies in yearling classes.

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.

Open
Barrow age limit is December 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021. No minimum or maximum weight is required for 4-H or FFA barrow shows. With 15 pound weigh back allowance.

4-H & FFA
Barrows must have been farrowed on or after December 1, 2020. No minimum or maximum weight is required for 4-H or FFA barrow shows.  With 15 pound weigh back allowance.  Purebred barrows must have registration papers.

No minimum or maximum weight is required for the Open Barrow show.  With 15 pound weigh back allowance.

Exhibitors of purebred/crossbred barrows will not be permitted to bring their animals on the Fairgrounds prior to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 9, 2021. No purebred breeding stock will be stalled during the barrow portion of the fair.

Ham, Bacons and Summer Sausage
Hams in Class 3, 4 and 5 must be trimmed and cured by person who is under 21 years of age, this will be strictly enforced.

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.

Home Economics
Friday, August 13
2:00 p.m. Bothwell Regional Health Center’s “Naturally Sweetened Dessert Contest”

Saturday, August 14
10:00 a.m. Missouri Beef Council “Round Steak” Recipe Contest

Sunday, August 15
2:00 p.m. “Maxine’s Yeast Dinner Rolls” Cooking Contest

Monday, August 16
10:00 a.m. “Appetizer Dip” Cooking Contest
2:00 p.m. “Gourmet Mac ‘n Cheese” Cooking Contest

Tuesday, August 17
2:00 p.m. “Frosted Cupcakes” Cooking Contest, all ages

Queen Contest
B)  Notwithstanding sections 4 and 5-A relating to eligibility based on age and local contest, contestants who would have been eligible to compete in the 2020 Missouri State Fair Queen Contest will be admitted to the 2021 Missouri State Fair Queen contest to compete for the 2021 title alongside 2021 contestants. Any questions about eligibility of 2020 contestants should be referred to the queen contest superintendent by or before July 1, 2021 to ensure fairness to all competitors.

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.

Truck & Tractor Pulls
There are numerous class and rule changes.

Barbecue Contest
Teams will enter through Gate 6, no arrivals before 7:00 a.m.