Buckets of Fun Planned for 2022

Thank you, Fair fans, for an amazing 2021! We hope you had a great holiday and a happy new year and are ready to start thinking about your plans for next year.

We are getting things ready to bring you BUCKETS OF FUN in 2022. Mark your calendar and make plans to start crossing things off your State Fair bucket list at the 2022 Missouri State Fair, Aug 11-21 in Sedalia!

Missouri State Fair Recognized for Excellence

The Missouri State Fair was recently recognized for excellence in agriculture education, sponsorship, competitive exhibits and communications by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE). The MSF was judged alongside other IAFE fairs and festival members of similar size, ranging in attendance from 250,000 to 500,000.

Among the list of awards includes the following first place wins in the following categories:

  • Single-sided, flat promotional advertising
  • Agriculture exhibitor events, awards, participation incentives or retention programs
  • Procedure developed by Fair management to correct an issue or challenge related to an agricultural program
  • Program designed to educate consumers/fairgoing public of a current agriculture or fair industry challenge
  • Ag photo – equine
  • Ag photo – ag education
  • Ag photo – miscellaneous
  • Any other ag program/exhibit

A complete list of awards received can be found on the Awards & Recognitions page.

Thank you to all our partners and sponsors who helped support these events at the Fair. We truly couldn’t do what we do without you!

Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Deadline February 1

The Missouri State Fair and the Youth in Agriculture Committee are accepting applications for Youth in Agriculture scholarships for Missouri high school seniors graduating in 2022. The application form can be found on the Youth in Agriculture page.

Applications should be submitted to the Missouri State Fair and must be postmarked by February 1, 2022. Applicants must submit an original copy of their application and three additional copies.

These scholarships are possible thanks to the gracious contributions of many individuals and companies supporting Youth in Agriculture. A total of 46 scholarships amounting to $77,500, the largest amount ever, will be awarded as follows:

  • one $5,000 S. Wayne Yokley Platinum Scholarship sponsored by Youth in Agriculture supporters,
  • one $2,500 supreme scholarship sponsored by Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners/Sydenstricker Genetics,
  • four $2,500 supreme scholarships sponsored by the Missouri State Fair Foundation,
  • and forty $1,500 scholarships sponsored by Youth in Agriculture supporters.

Applicants must be high school seniors, active members of Missouri 4-H or FFA, and have participated at least once as a 4-H or FFA exhibitor at the Missouri State Fair. Selected students must enroll (fall and/or spring semester immediately following graduation from high school) in an accredited community college, college or university.

Missouri State Fair scholarships are funded through the generosity of Youth in Agriculture sponsors, hometown supporters and buyers of the livestock sold during the annual Sale of Champions; the sponsors and buyers list is available on the Youth in Agriculture Sponsors page. A portion of each animal’s sale price is allocated to the scholarship program. Additional support is also provided by The Hayden Freedom Foundation, Guesa Grandstand Concessions, Walmart of Sedalia and Sarah Ellen Jesse Memorial Contributions.

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