Ag Expo brings out smiles for youth


By Faith Bemiss - [email protected]



On Saturday, at the Central Missouri Agriculture Club Ag Expo, Gerald Evans, of Sedalia, talks with members of the Cole Camp Antique Tractor Association. The Ag Expo was in its second day at the Mathewson Exhibition Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. The event, that began on Friday, hosted agriculture vendors, instructional classes, a photo contest and a Pedal Pull for children.


Haddie Mae Cornine, 4, was all smiles as she turned to see her grandfather Gary Cornine, of Sedalia, at the Ag Expo on Saturday. Haddie was looking at baby chicks at the Tyson Foods display with her grandmother Sherry Davis, of Cole Camp. She was attending the event with her mother Laura Cornine, of Sedalia.


Olivia Harrison, receives a hug from her grandfather Paul Harrison, of Lake Ozark, at the Ag Expo on Saturday. Olivia was surprised to find out she had won first place and $100 for her photo “New Purpose for Old Rust,” in the Ag Expo Photo Contest Youth Division. She was attending the event with her mother and father, Staci and Brandon Harrison, of Sedalia.


Nicholas Zuvich, 3, pretends to drive a 2016 Yamaha Kodiak 700, inside the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall on the Missouri State Fairgrounds, during the Ag Expo Saturday. He was with his mother Malleri Zuvich who said they try to attend the Expo each year.


Brooklynne Wallace, 5, colors a paper laying on the sideboard of antique truck, owned by James Stoppel, a member of the Cole Camp Antique Tractor Association. Brooklynne was at the Cole Camp Antique Tractor Association table with her grandmother Cindy Jolly, also a member, during the Ag Expo on Saturday in the Mathewson Exhibition Canter.


By Faith Bemiss

[email protected]

On Saturday, at the Central Missouri Agriculture Club Ag Expo, Gerald Evans, of Sedalia, talks with members of the Cole Camp Antique Tractor Association. The Ag Expo was in its second day at the Mathewson Exhibition Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. The event, that began on Friday, hosted agriculture vendors, instructional classes, a photo contest and a Pedal Pull for children.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_TSD020816AgExpo-1.jpgOn Saturday, at the Central Missouri Agriculture Club Ag Expo, Gerald Evans, of Sedalia, talks with members of the Cole Camp Antique Tractor Association. The Ag Expo was in its second day at the Mathewson Exhibition Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. The event, that began on Friday, hosted agriculture vendors, instructional classes, a photo contest and a Pedal Pull for children.

Haddie Mae Cornine, 4, was all smiles as she turned to see her grandfather Gary Cornine, of Sedalia, at the Ag Expo on Saturday. Haddie was looking at baby chicks at the Tyson Foods display with her grandmother Sherry Davis, of Cole Camp. She was attending the event with her mother Laura Cornine, of Sedalia.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_TSD020816AgExpo-2.jpgHaddie Mae Cornine, 4, was all smiles as she turned to see her grandfather Gary Cornine, of Sedalia, at the Ag Expo on Saturday. Haddie was looking at baby chicks at the Tyson Foods display with her grandmother Sherry Davis, of Cole Camp. She was attending the event with her mother Laura Cornine, of Sedalia.

Olivia Harrison, receives a hug from her grandfather Paul Harrison, of Lake Ozark, at the Ag Expo on Saturday. Olivia was surprised to find out she had won first place and $100 for her photo “New Purpose for Old Rust,” in the Ag Expo Photo Contest Youth Division. She was attending the event with her mother and father, Staci and Brandon Harrison, of Sedalia.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_TSD020816AgExpo-3.jpgOlivia Harrison, receives a hug from her grandfather Paul Harrison, of Lake Ozark, at the Ag Expo on Saturday. Olivia was surprised to find out she had won first place and $100 for her photo “New Purpose for Old Rust,” in the Ag Expo Photo Contest Youth Division. She was attending the event with her mother and father, Staci and Brandon Harrison, of Sedalia.

Nicholas Zuvich, 3, pretends to drive a 2016 Yamaha Kodiak 700, inside the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall on the Missouri State Fairgrounds, during the Ag Expo Saturday. He was with his mother Malleri Zuvich who said they try to attend the Expo each year.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_TSD020816AgExpo-4.jpgNicholas Zuvich, 3, pretends to drive a 2016 Yamaha Kodiak 700, inside the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall on the Missouri State Fairgrounds, during the Ag Expo Saturday. He was with his mother Malleri Zuvich who said they try to attend the Expo each year.

Brooklynne Wallace, 5, colors a paper laying on the sideboard of antique truck, owned by James Stoppel, a member of the Cole Camp Antique Tractor Association. Brooklynne was at the Cole Camp Antique Tractor Association table with her grandmother Cindy Jolly, also a member, during the Ag Expo on Saturday in the Mathewson Exhibition Canter.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_TSD020816AgExpo-5.jpgBrooklynne Wallace, 5, colors a paper laying on the sideboard of antique truck, owned by James Stoppel, a member of the Cole Camp Antique Tractor Association. Brooklynne was at the Cole Camp Antique Tractor Association table with her grandmother Cindy Jolly, also a member, during the Ag Expo on Saturday in the Mathewson Exhibition Canter.

Smiles were prevalent, especially among the youth, Saturday during the Central Missouri Agriculture Club’s annual Ag Expo on the Missouri State Fairgrounds.

Saturday’s attendance for the two day event hosted in the Mathewson Exhibition Center and in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall was markedly up from the day before.

“We’re doing good,” Kay Sparks, Ag Club treasurer and Pettis County 4-H youth specialist, said. “We’ve had a really busy day today. Yesterday was a little bit slow, normally Friday is our (busy) day and today it’s just reverse. Saturday has been a really good day.”

“There’s a pretty good crowd here today,” Janice Klenke, Ag Club member, added. “There will be a lot of them here at 1 o’clock for the Pedal Pull.”

The Pedal Pull was only one of the many events putting smiles on children’s faces Saturday.

Upstairs in the Mathewson Center Olivia Harrison, of Sedalia, was excited and surprised to find she had won a blue ribbon and $100 for her photo “New Purpose for Old Rust,” in the Ag Club Photo Contest Youth Division.

Olivia was attending the event on Saturday with her grandparents and her parents Brandon and Staci Harrison.

“Last year she won second and third place,” her mother said.

This year’s theme was “Farm Equipment Old and New,” and categories were for both youth and adult.

Downstairs on the floor of the Mathewson Center Haddie Cornine, 4, was busy watching baby chicks at the Tyson Foods display with her maternal grandmother Sherry Davis, of Cole Camp. Her delight at the chicks was event as her grandfather Gary Cornine, of Sedalia, who was a vendor for C & B Guttier Solutions, came over to see her.

Haddie was attending with her mother Laura Cornine, of Sedalia who said the family comes each year to the event.

In The Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall Nicholas Zuvich, 3, was busy pretending to drive a 2016 Yamaha Kodiak 700 4-wheeler. His mother, Malleri Zuvich, said they attend the event when possible and live on her grandparents local farm, the Meyer Farm.

Busy coloring, Brooklynne Wallace, 5, was close by her grandmother, Cindy Jolly’s, side at the Cole Camp Antique Tractor Association display on the floor of the Mathewson. Jolly, a member of the association, was working the display with fellow members Linda Richardson, of Lincoln, and Howard Mettenburg, of Otterville.

Jolly said each year that 400 to 600 Pettis, Benton and Morgan County fourth and fifth graders attend the Tractor Association’s fall show in Cole Camp.

“… We show the children farm life of yesteryear,” Jolly added. “We have different events throughout the whole year that we set up. Everything we do is basically for the children when they come in September.”

She added that every year the group tries to add a new demonstration for the fall show. Often the children who attend the event send letters thanking the group.

“The letters are worth a million dollars,” Jolly noted.

Jolly said during the show they show the children how a sawmill is run, how sugar cane is pressed to make molasses and how apples are pressed into apple cider.

“A little boy said last year ‘your fresh apple cider was heavenly, but your molasses was not my cup of tea,’” Richardson said smiling.

“We have a blacksmith who comes there and we have a man who comes with an old stone wheel and sharpens knives,” Jolly added. “We do homemade butter … We rendered lard last year and we’re trying to locate a big copper pot for outside because we want to incorporate apple butter.”

Along with area schools the the Central Missouri Ag Club takes area children to the event each year. Jolly added that this was Tractor Association’s 25th year and that they had been attending the Ag Expo for several years.

Faith Bemiss can be reached at 530-0289 or @flbemiss.

Sedalia Democrat

Faith Bemiss can be reached at 530-0289 or @flbemiss.

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