Cassville FFA: Aiming for the Top Prize
By Tom Seest
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The Cassville FFA Chapter recently competed at the Missouri Ozark Empire Fair Poultry Show. The following information is about what to expect at this event, from the schedule and building to the types of poultry that will be shown. The event is held each year in August, and this article provides you with information about what to expect.
Table Of Contents
- Can the Cassville FFA Chapter Win at the Missouri Ozark Empire Fair Poultry Show?
- What Surprises Await at the Missouri Ozark Empire Fair Poultry Show?
- What Surprises Await the Cassville FFA Chapter at the Missouri Ozark Empire Fair Poultry Show?
- What Poultry Varieties Will the Cassville FFA Chapter Show at the Missouri Ozark Empire Fair?
The Cassville FFA Chapter sent seven members to the Missouri Ozark Empire Fair to compete in the poultry show. The members were judged in various events and placed in a number of categories. Members competed in the poultry show, swine events, goat events, and sheep events.
Rebecca Winn and Ashlyn Igo received first-place awards for their classes. Addison Brown and Auburn Cole took second and third place in their respective classes. Cole Murphy, Cooper Bailey, Mallan Cole, and Will Robinson won top honors for their teams. The group also took home two prizes.
This event is a competition for students in 8th grade and above. The students compete in individual, team, and group categories. There are also awards for best exhibits and the best overall. The Missouri Ozark Empire Fair has become one of the premier agricultural events in the state.
The Cassville FFA Chapter also won first place in the grain production entrepreneurship proficiency award. The students will be competing at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY, in October. A student must earn at least 150 points to qualify for the award. The students must also have completed a two-year agriculture education program and have completed the equivalent of two years of supervised agriculture experience.
The Chillicothe FFA Chapter placed sixth in the state FFA Convention out of 334 FFA chapters in the state. The state chapter designation is awarded to 10 percent of the FFA chapters. Students must meet five quality standards to qualify. A chapter can also earn a 100% membership award.
The schedule for the 2018 Missouri Ozark Empire Fair Poultry Show is filled with events and activities for all ages. There will be a fair queen pageant on Tuesday, July 10, the FFA Ag mechanics judging on Wednesday, July 11, and the poultry show on Thursday, July 12. The youth fair board is sponsoring a barbecue, and motivational speaker Jerry Crownover will give the keynote address. There will also be a market animal sale and a dance for exhibitors.
The show is held every year at the Ozark Empire Fair in Springfield, Mo. The events include a poultry show, livestock shows, and a swine show. The fair is also known for funnel cakes and corn dogs, so be sure to try them while you’re there. However, fair officials urge that you hydrate and pay attention to your feelings so that you won’t get a cold or get sick. You can also find first aid providers at the fairgrounds.
This year, the fair is expanding its offerings. The Ozark Empire Fair Board has invested $35,000 in new facilities and improvements. A pedestrian entrance at Broadway and Norton Road will be opened. The fair will also feature new attractions, including a midway and Al Kunz’s Century 21 Shows.
The fairgrounds will also feature livestock and crafts competitions. The fair is packed with fun, food, and activities for everyone to enjoy. There are also live performances and competitions. Visitors can enjoy carnival-style rides, vendors, and live entertainment. If you’re planning to attend the show, make sure you check out the schedule.
While you’re at the fair, be sure to check out the poultry show. Often, exhibitors begin with bantam birds and work their way up to bigger birds. Some of the show rules have changed since 2000. The number of birds that are allowed to compete has decreased as well.
The Missouri Ozark Empire Fair is putting a lot of effort into building new facilities and improving the facilities that are already there. The fair board has already spent $35,000 on improvements and has added a few buildings. This year, the fairgrounds will feature a new pedestrian entrance on Broadway and Norton Road, which leads directly to the midway. Beginning late Wednesday, Al Kunz’s Century 21 Shows will begin setting up their rides, which will provide entertainment for the public.
Earlier this year, the fair added a new poultry building to the fairgrounds, which had been unable to accommodate so many entries. With more space, the poultry show will be able to accommodate as many as 200 additional coops. The new building will host the Missouri State Poultry Show on August 9 and 10. The poultry building is located to the right of the swine and sheep pavilion. The parking area is behind the building.
Besides the poultry show, the fair will host other events such as a pet show, baby contest, watermelon feed, and milking contests with celebrities. This year, officials have also spent money on rebuilding and expanding the fairgrounds after a fire damaged the barn. New fencing has been installed, and renovations to the 4-H/FFA judging are planned.
The Missouri State Fair hosted nearly 2,300 entries at its annual Poultry Show in 2017. The competition will begin with bantams and chickens judging on Aug. 10 at 8:30 a.m. In addition to bantams, the fair will also host the state’s state poultry show.
The fairgrounds are home to various competitions, including livestock and craft shows. You can expect to find delicious food, live music, and lots of vendors and rides at the fair. Even if you’re not a poultry lover, you can enjoy the variety of poultry and other livestock.
The Missouri Ozark Empire Fair Poultry Show features at least 60 varieties of poultry from around the world. These birds range from black Leghorns to dark brown Leghorns to red Leghorns and white bantams. The show also features both large and small poultry.
The fairgrounds are home to more than 4,000 birds. In addition to the poultry, there are also livestock and rabbit shows. The Fair Board has invested $35,000 this year to improve the grounds. A new pedestrian entrance will be built at Broadway and Norton Road. A new midway is scheduled to open late Wednesday.
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