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Scenes from the Missouri State FairScenes from the Missouri State Fair

Slideshow: There is more to the Missouri State Fair than livestock.

Mindy Ward

August 17, 2018

7 Slides

The Missouri State Fair is always a highlight of the year. It is the culmination of months, days and hours of hard work by many 4-H and FFA members as they exhibit their projects. However, there is more to the state fair than youth.

The state fairgrounds offer visitors a look at ag equipment, livestock shows and even a rose show.

Checkout the slideshow to see the happenings during the first week of the Missouri State Fair. Of course, there will still be some youth in these photos. The Missouri State Fair is not complete without them.

About the Author(s)

Mindy Ward

Editor, Missouri Ruralist

Mindy resides on a small farm just outside of Holstein, Mo, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, she worked briefly at a public relations firm in Kansas City. Her husband’s career led the couple north to Minnesota.

There, she reported on large-scale production of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and dairy, as well as, biofuels for The Land. After 10 years, the couple returned to Missouri and she began covering agriculture in the Show-Me State.

“In all my 15 years of writing about agriculture, I have found some of the most progressive thinkers are farmers,” she says. “They are constantly searching for ways to do more with less, improve their land and leave their legacy to the next generation.”

Mindy and her husband, Stacy, together with their daughters, Elisa and Cassidy, operate Showtime Farms in southern Warren County. The family spends a great deal of time caring for and showing Dorset, Oxford and crossbred sheep.

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