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Conservation Is Cool

Conservation Pavilion offers education and refreshing break at Missouri State Fair.

Missouri State Fairgoers are invited to take a rest from the heat and glare of the midway Aug. 9-19 by visiting the Conservation Pavilion at the south end of the fairgrounds. You will find air conditioning and soothing views of the underwater world in several large aquariums.

The Missouri Department of Conservation's area includes activities designed to be fun for young visitors and old. Puppet shows, games, a life-size Smokey Bear and a huge "Stream Table" sandbox are just a few attractions in the air-conditioned Discovery Room. Outside are fish aquariums, live reptile and amphibian displays and a native plant demonstration garden. Novice anglers will benefit from fish cleaning and cooking demonstrations at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Aug. 15-16.

The Operation Game Thief traveling exhibit will let fairgoers see trophy taxidermy mounts and other items seized from poachers. Visitors will get to see how citizens are using the toll-free OGT hotline to turn in game-law violators.

The Conservation Department pavilion also is a convenient place to pick up landowner deer and turkey hunting permits or buy other permits.

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