SEDALIA, Mo. (KFVS) - Governor Mike Parson was at the Missouri State Fair on Thursday, August 13.
He said entries in livestock shows for the 4-H and FFA classes during the 2020 Missouri State Fair showed strength and growth compared to last year.
“We believed from day one that we could stay true to our agriculture roots and safely host the Missouri State Fair for our youth exhibitors,” Governor Parson said. “By going back to the basics of the original 1901 Missouri State Fair, we’ve been reminded of the importance of giving our young people the chance to have a hands-on experience and be successful.”
Leaders from Missouri 4-H and Missouri FFA also completed judging for other contests, including agriculture mechanics, horticulture, field crops, hams, bacons and more. The Missouri 4-H building was also open to the public to view static youth projects.
The Missouri State Fair team also completed a list of overdue capital improvements on the fairgrounds.
For the first time in nearly a decade, the State Fair received funding from the General Assembly to pair with support from private businesses like Nucor Steel to complete the following list of projects:
- New Director’s Pavilion
- Construction of 150 new exhibitor camping spots
- Swine Barn electrical renovation
- Sheep Pavilion complete renovation
- Horse barns critical structure upgrades
- Public campground electrical upgrades
On Wednesday evening, Governor Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson joined the Missouri State Fair Foundation for its revised gala and attended the Missouri National Guard’s Legacy Flag Dedication ceremony.
In July, it was announced the fair would be a youth livestock show only this year due to the pandemic. Thursday is the first day of the fair. It goes on through August 23.