From goat soap to cattle semen, Missouri 4-H youth will be selling items at this year’s Missouri State Fair.
Samantha Brandeberry, a University of Missouri Extension state 4-H educator, says that 4-H members will have items on display during the Missouri State Fair. Fairgoers can buy the items at Mizzou Central in the Mo-Ag Theatre from Aug. 12-22.
Through the Show-Me 4-H Wares program, youth are encouraged to start and run their own business with skills learned through 4-H projects, Brandeberry says. “The products offered by each business showcase the diversity of 4-H projects and how they translate to tangible career paths in entrepreneurship,” she adds.
This year, the Show-Me 4-H Wares booth will showcase artwork, goat’s milk soap, dog treats, and even registered Simmental cattle semen and embryos.
Developing business skills
Brandeberry says participating in the sales booth requires a lot of time and thought on the part of each youth.
“While Show-Me 4-H Wares exhibitors will learn a lot about interacting with customers and sales tax during the fair, they will have put hours of work into creating a business concept, preparing the product itself and designing promotional materials before they ever step foot on the fairgrounds,” she says.
Exhibitors expect to engage with fairgoers during their time at the booth. The opportunity to share their projects makes the hours of work feel more worthwhile, Brandeberry adds.
“The 4-H’ers love it when people stop by and ask questions,” she notes. “Some make purchases, but the interest and opportunity to talk about their business makes a big impact.”
The Show-Me 4-H Wares booth will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at Mizzou Central in the Mo-Ag Theatre. For more details, visit the Show-Me 4-H Wares website.
Sale schedule at Missouri State Fair
Visit these youth-owned businesses in Mizzou Central at the Show-Me 4-H Wares booth, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Missouri State Fair:
Aug. 12. Best by Farr, quality art and woodworking items
Aug. 13. Riverbend Soaps, handmade organic cold-processed goat’s milk soap, lip balm and body butter
Aug. 13. Liz’s Homemade Applebutter, homemade apple butter made with Missouri-grown apples
Aug. 14. Cassidy’s Creations, crochet garments and goat milk soaps and lotions
Aug. 15. Goat Milk Soap, handmade cold-processed goat’s milk soap
Aug. 16. Shaye’s Custom Creations, handcrafted faux leather earrings
Aug. 17. DRiPS CO Design, silk-screened shirts
Aug. 17. Pawsitively Pup-a-licious, variety of human-grade dog treats
Aug. 18. Rerings: Recycled Earrings, earrings made from recycled plastic
Aug. 19. Wagging Tails Treats, homemade dog treats and cat toys
Aug. 20. Resin by Alex, epoxy resin art
Aug. 20. Addison’s Bath Bombs, fizzy bath bombs
Aug. 21. Tank to Table, registered Simmental cattle semen and embryos, and farm-fresh beef
Aug. 22. Chair Envy, hand-painted metal chairs