State Fair puts youth and livestock in the spotlight

Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe announced Tuesday a new program is planned for the 2015 event that will showcase Missouri youth exhibitors and their livestock. Let’s Talk Livestock, sponsored by Tractor Supply Co., will offer an inside glance for fairgoers on livestock care and the show process.

“The new Let’s Talk Livestock program will help expand the Fair’s mission of serving as an extension of the agricultural classroom,” Wolfe said. “Developing a program to showcase livestock is beneficial to both exhibitors and to the general fairgoing public as it provides interaction and education between the two.”

Missouri 4-H and Missouri FFA youth exhibitors, their families, project leaders and teachers have volunteered their time to conduct demonstrations throughout the 2015 Fair, Aug. 13-23. The featured animal will be present at each 20-minute demonstration with an opportunity for questions and interaction from fairgoers. Exhibitors focus on animal preparation and nutrition and share personal stories, including information on showing livestock at the State Fair.

Demonstrations are planned for sheep, swine, poultry, beef cattle, goats, dairy cattle and rabbits. Complete schedules with demonstration locations will be available at Fair Information Booths and on the Fair’s website, as well as included in the daily schedule of events.

The Missouri State Fair is the premier agriculture showcase in the state, with more than 4,000 Missouri 4-H and Missouri FFA exhibitors each year, and more than 30,000 entries annually.

The 113th Missouri State Fair, themed “Show Offs Welcome!” will be hosted Aug. 13-23 in Sedalia. For more information about concerts, events and other Fair activities, visit, follow the Fair on Facebook and Twitter, or call 1-800-422-FAIR (3247).

Release courtesy of Missouri State Fair

Sedalia Democrat

Release courtesy of Missouri State Fair

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