(SEDALIA) There is still time to enter several competitions that will be offered at this year’s Missouri State Fair. While many require preregistration, some special contests accept contestants on-the-spot, including two new contests being offered this year for children.
“The State Fair provides an excellent opportunity to participate in, and observe, quality livestock shows and competitive exhibits,” Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe said. “Our state’s showcase continually receives recognitions from industry peers for our outstanding agriculture program.”
Hopefuls wishing to vie for the title, Missouri State Fair Queen, need to submit their entry forms by July 15, while contestants wanting to enter the prestigious Missouri Junior 50 art competition have a deadline of July 21. Bakers wanting to enter recipes in the First Lady’s Pie Contest, sponsored by AgriMissouri and Starline Brass, have until Aug. 1 to submit their entry forms.
Most entries in Home Economics must be submitted by July 21. A variety of new contests are available this year, including Missouri Beef Council Ground Beef Recipe Contest at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug 9; “Harvest the Fun!” Fresh Vegetable Salad Contest at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug 11, sponsored by Starline Brass and Sierra; and “Harvest the Fun!” Fresh Fruit Salad Contest at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug 12, sponsored by Bell Catering.
Two new contests are being offered this year for children, the Largest Homegrown Tomato Contest and the Fun on the Farm Poster Contest. The rules for these, and other special on-the-spot contests, are available at www.mostatefair.com/special-contests.
“We are very excited to involve more children in the Missouri State Fair this year,” Wolfe said. “We believe that by including them at an early age, we can help to foster participation in years to come.”
Entries in the Largest Homegrown Tomato Contest will be accepted in one age division, youth 3-12 years old, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, in the AgriMissouri Tent located south of the Agriculture Building. Judging will be based on the weight of the tomato.
Entries in the Fun on the Farm Poster Contest will be accepted in two age divisions, youth 5-8 years old and youth 9-12 years old, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, in the Fine Arts Building. Judging will be based on theme, creativity and adherence to rule specifications.
A complete list of entry deadlines, competition rules and entry forms are available in the Online Premium Guide www.mostatefair.com/premium-guide on the Fair’s website. Entry, camping and vendor input forms, including credit card information, may be faxed to (660) 827-8169 or 8160, or mailed to Missouri State Fair Entries, 2503 W. 16th Street, Sedalia, Mo. 65301.
The 112th Missouri State Fair, themed “Harvest the Fun!,” will be held Aug. 7-17 in Sedalia. For more information about competitions or camping, visit www.mostatefair.com, follow the Fair on Facebook www.facebook.com/MissouriStateFair and Twitter twitter.com/MOStateFair, or call 1-800-422-FAIR (3247).