Let the games begin! A Missouri Woman in Agriculture Contest was recently launched by the Missouri State Fair in an effort to acknowledge the significant contributions women make to the state’s leading industry. According to Fair Director Mark Wolfe, the title will be awarded in two age divisions, with each winner receiving a $1,000 cash donation from Monsanto for an agriculture-related cause of her choice.
The contest rules and application forms are available online at mostatefair.com/ag-contest, with entries being accepted now through March 29.
“We are very excited to extend recognition to women involved in Missouri agriculture,” Wolfe said. “All women will be applauded at this year’s Fair for their many contributions to our state’s leading industry, and we look forward to honoring the best with these two new awards.”
Women ages 31 and older will be eligible for the Missouri Woman in Agriculture Award, and women ages 18-30 will be eligible for the Missouri Woman in Agriculture Rising Star Award. The criteria that the Missouri State Fair will be looking for in applicants will include leadership roles in Missouri agriculture, endeavors to perpetuate the industry, and examples of Fair participation.
The two contest winners will be honored Aug. 15 at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. Special promotions focusing on women will be available this day, including free gate admission for all women, and a free showcase called Missouri Travel Council Celebrating Women, to be held in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall.
The Missouri State Fair will be held Aug. 8-18 in Sedalia. Visit mostatefair.com for more information and follow the Fair on Facebook and Twitter.