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State fair livestock camping reservations open May 1State fair livestock camping reservations open May 1

Pay attention to deadlines and new livestock rules for the 2019 Missouri State Fair.

Mindy Ward

April 17, 2019

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SECURE YOUR SPOT: Don’t miss your favorite livestock show at the Missouri State Fair. Make sure to be one of the first in line to get a camping spot May 1.

While the Missouri State Fair may be three months away, deadlines are fast approaching.

Here are two you don’t want to miss:

Camping. Reservations for livestock exhibitor camping at the Missouri State Fair open May 1.

According to the fair’s marketing office, livestock exhibitors can reserve spots online starting at 9 a.m. Camping forms will be available on the fair website at that time. The complete camping rules also are available on the website.

4-H/FFA livestock shows. Livestock show rules and classes already are online under the Premium Guide tab. Exhibitors will be able to access livestock exhibit online entry forms starting Friday, May 10. The livestock entry deadline is July 1.

Make sure to fill out a vendor input form in order to receive your premium payment. You can find entry forms and the vendor input form on the fair website.

One quick note on a rule change:

Under the 4-H/FFA breeding beef cattle rules, it now states that “no animal entered by the exhibitor may be fitted by altering the natural conformation, normal dental development, or structure of the animal, or altering the color or structure of the hair in any way except for trimming or blocking. Every exhibitor agrees to submit the entry for any inspection deemed appropriate by the veterinarian, or Missouri State Fair officials.

“In the event any such animal is declared to be artificially altered in conformation and structure, the Missouri State Fair Commission may permanently bar such animal and the exhibitor from further competition in the Missouri State Fair and require the immediate return to the Missouri State Fair of all premiums, monies, trophies and ribbons awarded to the disqualified animal(s).”

A few new livestock shows have been added to poultry and goats, along with a new dairy steer show.

Check out the fair’s website for information on new superintendents, deadlines, parking pass limits, shows, contests and rules.

The Missouri State Fair runs from Aug. 8 to 18 in Sedalia. Visit the fair website to see more about the new shows and rule changes.

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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