Agriculture Education; Photo Stations; Aug 19 Highlights

Showcasing Agriculture at the 2023 Missouri State Fair

The Missouri State Fair is proud of be the showcase for agriculture in the state of Missouri. There are countless interactive and fun exhibits, contests and shows, and agricultural education opportunities at every turn. If it’s not already, make plans to add agriculture to your list of Missouri State Fair traditions!

Here is just a sampling of how you can experience agriculture first-hand during your State Fair visit this August.

Livestock Shows – Horses and Pigs and Cattle (and more)….OH, MY! The State Fair features livestock shows every day of the Fair (and a few even start before Opening Day!). You’ll find shows for equine, poultry, goats, sheep, swine, beef and dairy cattle, dogs, and rabbits. Learn more >>

Sale of Champions – The Sale of Champions will take place at 1:30 pm on Saturday, Aug. 19 and is the highlight of Youth in Agriculture Day at the State Fair. Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion steers, barrows, lambs, meat goats, pens of chickens, pens of rabbits, hams and bacons from 4-H and FFA shows are sold. Learn more >>

The Agriculture Building showcases all the great things that make agriculture Missouri’s number one industry. Highlights include:
• Experts from Missouri commodity groups and college agriculture programs, among other agriculture organizations and companies.
• Contest entries for hams/bacon/summer sausage, apiculture, horticulture and dairy products.
• The Missouri Grown Market, open daily, offering fresh and nutritious products grown right here in the Show-Me State available for purchase.
AgVenture exhibit offers hands-on, kid-friendly activities exploring Missouri agriculture from farm to fork facilitated by the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

Missouri 4-H and Missouri FFA youth are also a big part of what makes the Missouri State Fair the showcase for agriculture!! Let’s Talk Livestock, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company, provides youth exhibitors opportunities to educate fairgoers about livestock production with demonstrations on topics like showmanship, animal care and more.

The Children’s Barnyard, sponsored by The Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association, is operated by local FFA chapters and gives fairgoers a chance to see barnyard animals owned by FFA members up close. In addition, Barnyard Story Time, offers young fairgoers a chance to take a seat and listen to an agriculture story book read by a State Fair exhibitor or agriculture leader.

Come make agriculture traditions at the Missouri State Fair, the state’s largest agricultural expo, Aug. 10-20 in Sedalia.

What’s New? Photo Sations

Smile big for the camera! Missouri State Fair Photo Stations, sponsored by Central Bank, are back!

Capture cherished moments at the 121st Missouri State Fair with five NEW photo stations! A total of eight FREE photo backdrops will be located around the Fairgrounds to stop by and snap a quick picture.

The new design themes include Traditions are a Thrill, a 2023 Instagram Photo Frame, Where Traditions Grow, Cluckin’ Good Time, and Rockin’ on a Free Entertainment Stage. Returning designs include Chuggin’ into My First Fair, Swine Barn Celebrating 100 Years, and Eatin’ Good and Gettin’ Big. While out and about on the Fairgrounds, keep an eye out for the stations or look for the Central Bank logo on a map to locate them. Use the hashtag #MSFPhotoStations on social media so we can see all the fun you’re having at the 2023 Missouri State Fair. We can’t wait to see you Aug. 10-20 in Sedalia!

Celebrate Youth in Agriculture Day

Join us in celebrating Youth in Agriculture Day on Saturday, Aug. 19 at the 2023 Missouri State Fair!

The Sale of Champions is the highlight of the day and will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall. The Sale will feature the Grand and Reserve Champion steers, barrows, lambs, meat goats, pens of chickens, pens of rabbits, hams and bacon from 4-H and FFA shows happening earlier on during the Fair. Each year, thirty percent of each animal’s total sale value goes to the Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture Fund, which provides educational programs, competitive events and scholarships for agricultural youth.

Enjoy a number of free entertainment events throughout the day with shows on the Touchstone Energy Stage, Kids Stage and Superior Sleep Stage. The Budweiser Stage will host the Show-Me Showcase at 2 p.m., Phil Vandel at 4 and 6 p.m. and Dirt Road Addition at 9 p.m. Additional free grounds entertainment will be happening throughout the day as well as a variety of livestock shows and contests.

Rounding out the lineup of concerts for the 2023 Fair will be Riley Green, performing with opener Randy Houser, at 7:30 p.m. in the State Fair Grandstand, presented by CFM Insurance. The Bull Riding Competition, located in the State Fair Arena, will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for both the concert and bull riding are still available from or at the State Fair Box Office.

Join us Saturday, Aug. 19 for a day of showcasing agriculture, celebrating our youth and lots of fun for the whole family. We can’t wait to watch your traditions grow this year at the 2023 Missouri State Fair, Aug. 10-20, in Sedalia!