Wednesday, July 1, is the deadline for entering 4-H and FFA livestock contests at this year’s Missouri State Fair. This is also the deadline for open shows for beef cattle, dairy cattle, goats, llamas, mules, poultry, rabbits, sheep and swine, according to Fair Director Mark Wolfe.
Deadlines for other entries are also approaching. Entry forms for Missouri State Fair Queen contestants need to be received by July 15, while entries in the prestigious Missouri Junior 50 art competitions have a deadline of July 20. Bakers wanting to enter recipes in the First Lady’s Pie Contest have until July 31 to submit their entry forms.
Most entries in Home Economics must be submitted by July 20. Varieties of new contests are available this year, including the “Show Off” Your Fresh Vegetable Salad Contest and the Gluten-Free Pizza Contest, sponsored by A-1 Rotary Well Drilling.
A new photography show is being offered this year in the Floriculture Department. Four divisions will be offered including Single Bloom, Multi Bloom, Landscape and Insect Photography. Entries for this show must be submitted by Aug. 12.
A complete list of entry deadlines, competition rules, entry forms and online entry are available in the Online Premium Guide on the Fair’s website.
Exhibitors age 13 and younger will be admitted free to the 11-day Fair again this year, while exhibitors age 13 and older will be able to purchase up to 40 single-day exhibitor admission tickets at a special price of $5. The discounted exhibitor tickets are available to order from the Fair Business Office at the time of competition entry through Aug. 12. These tickets will not be available at the gate and they do not include exhibitor parking.
Reserved campsites are available for livestock exhibitors, commercial vendors and persons with disabilities, and will open Sunday, Aug. 9. The public campground does not accept reservations and opens by 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6.
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 www.mostatefair.com, follow the Fair on Facebook and Twitter, or call 1-800-422-FAIR (3247).