Fairs, shows and clinics

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Missouri Show Me Quality Assurance

All 4-H members enrolled in food animal projects (including beef, sheep, swine, dairy cattle, meat and dairy goats, rabbits and poultry) must complete the appropriate Missouri Show Me Quality Assurance (MSMQA) certification to be a 4-H member in good standing. Food animal project members showing at any 4-H fair in Missouri should be prepared to present their MSMQA card at check-in.

Youth between the ages of 8 to 13 must take MSMQA two consecutive times and one additional time when they turn 14. Young people 14 and older need to attend training and pass the tutorial once.

For more detailed information and a link to the online training go to: www.4h.missouri.edu/statefair/SMQA


Cedar County Youth Fair, June 15-17, 2017 

Open to youth 5-21 years of age that live in Cedar County or a member of a youth organization based in Cedar County.
Forms are due June 8 to Stockton Ag Department, 1 Tiger Drive, Stockton, MO 65785

Cedar County Youth Fair book (PDF) - 4.6 MG
Horse Show Patterns (PDF)
Horse Show Entry Form (PDF)
Livestock Entry Form (PDF)
NON Livestock Entry Form (PDF) 

NON Livestock Fair tags (PDF) – print, cut, tape or secure with string

Land O Lakes Fair, July 10-14, 2017 - With additional Dates for Shooting Sports

Open to youth, ages 8 to 21.  Participants must be an enrolled member in good standing in 4-H or FFA in Cedar or St. Clair counties only as of Jan. 1.  The 2017 Fair Entry Forms must be postmarked by JUNE 5.  This is much earlier than in previous years.  Forms will need to be sent to the Fair Board Secretary Dana Smith at 30459 E Jewel Rd, Harwood, MO 64750

2017 LOL Fair Book (PDF) full version - 17 MG
2017 LOL Fair Book (PDF) no ad version - 5.5 MG
2017 Livestock, Showmanship, and Shooting Sports Entry Form (PDF)
2017 Non-Livestock Pre-Entry (PDF)
2017 Being Fair Royalty (PDF)
2017 Royalty Application Page 1 and Page 2 (PDF)

Land O Lakes Fair market animal weigh-in May 7, 2017

Land O Lakes Youth Fair will hold its weigh-in for market swine, sheep and goats on May 7 at the Land O Lakes fairgrounds in El Dorado Springs, MO from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.  If you are unable to attend or wish not to be considered for the rate of gain award, but still wish to show your animal at the fair, you may submit photos of your animal via email.  The pictures will consist of all 4 sides of the animal (front, rear and each side), as well as a clear picture of the ear notches or tag in their ear.  Submit the name of the youth, address and phone number along with photos to Dana Smith, LOL fair board secretary, at wildhorse1998@hotmail.com or to fair board president at jerrybrack1@gmail.com  Photos must be received no later than May 7th at 4 p.m.  Failure weigh-in or submit photos will forfeit your ability to show the animal at the Land O Lakes fair in July.  You must still complete and turn in the fair registration forms by the due date as well.  

Ozark Empire Fair

Ozark Empire Fair
OEF Exhibit Building Guidelines

Missouri State Fair

Missouri State Fair
4H/FFA Premium Guide - From 4-H building guidelines to livestock rules and entries, you can find it here.
For more information about the State Fair (exhibiting, demonstrations, 4-H Wares) go to the Missouri 4-H website.

Other Fairs

2017 Southwest Region Open County Fairs
2017 Sac Osage Youth Fair - Osceola, MO
2017 Polk County Fair Book (PDF)
Bates County Fair 
Dade County Youth Fair
Morrisville Fair - June 3

Shows and Clinics

Bates County Jackpot Show - June 11

Ak-Sar-Ben - Process begins in December of the year before the show.  Entries submitted thru your local Extension office.  Contact the Extension office for more information.

American Royal - Events from September thru October.  Lots of great events including, junior livestock premium auction, rodeo, horse events, BBQ contests, youth photography Contests and much, much more.   


Missouri Association of Fairs and Festivals

How to join 4-H

University of Missouri Extension 4-H

Empowering young people to reach their full potential

4-H brings young people, ages 5 to 19, and adults together to learn everyday skills through hands-on learning. Working on activities from animal and plant sciences to robotics, 4-H’ers learn problem-solving skills that can make a positive impact upon our community. Through 4-H, young people learn to:

  • meet the diverse challenges of today’s world;
  • build self-confidence;
  • learn responsibility; and
  • make positive decisions.
4-H clubs

4-H clubs are open to ages 8 to 18. Clubs meet monthly for group activities and club business. Each club elects officers and has an approved adult leader who supervises club activities. Club members also enroll in projects in their areas of interest.

With projects on more than 75 topics, 4-H has something to interest every child. Here are just a few of the opportunities 4-H offers—geocaching, robotics, international exchanges, horsemanship, pets, starting a business, arts and crafts, raising animals, woodworking, photography and gardening.

Clover Kids clubs

Clover Kids introduces 5- to 7-year-olds to the 4-H experience. In Clover Kids, children learn how to get along with others, work in groups, explore their interests, while building self-confidence. Clover Kids do not enroll in projects or raise animals, and do not participate in competitive events, contests or shows.

How to join

Joining 4-H is as easy as contacting the extension center. A staff member will explain the enrollment process and membership dues. In addition to dues, some projects may require a small investment to get started, and there may be a fee for materials, trips or other activities.

Young people are welcome to join at any time. The 4-H program year runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31. Certain activities may have participation deadlines.


4-H Online enrollment system
Missouri 4-H Clover—A guide to 4-H projects, activities and publications. It is designed to assist volunteers, members and their families select projects and activities, and set goals.

Be a 4-H volunteer

Adult volunteers are essential to 4-H. Adult volunteers serve as club or project leaders, help with county or regional events, chair committees and organize fund raisers. You don't have to be a parent or grandparent of the 4-H member to get involved. All volunteers are screened for child abuse and neglect, as well criminal records, before they are accepted and each year thereafter. As a volunteer, University of Missouri Extension will provide you with training so you will be well-prepared and successful as an adult leader. The orientation includes information on 4-H history and the educational framework, the characteristics of age groups, character development and safety.