MISSOURI — The Missouri State Fair is an annual summer tradition that draws around 340,000 guests to Sedalia each year.

As part of the fair, the Ag Expo aims to educate visitors about the world of agriculture through interactive exhibits, games and locally sold produce.

KMZU’s Dan Watson chatted with Kari Mergen, Marketing Director of the Missouri State Fair, about what the Ag Expo as a whole along with some of the activities and local products available to guests when they visit.

Click below to listen to their conservation which aired Tuesday on KMZU.


Photo: Missouri State Fair

Fair goers can expect an interactive experience when they visit the expo with everything from exhibits to demonstrations by Missouri 4-H and FFA chapters.

“Agriculture is at the core of the mission of the State Fair. It has been since the fair started in 1901,” Mergen said, “we like to think of the fair as an extension of the ag classroom, so we want to offer opportunities for fair goers to learn about ag and while they’re having some fun as well.”

The AgVenture, a program coordinated by the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) in conjunction with the fair, is just one of the many highlights of the Ag Expo. Patrons will have the opportunity to learn about agriculture through a fun and interactive experience.

“What it does is it allows families and kids to walk through the AgVenture Experience in the Ag Building,” Mergen explained, “so taking the exhibits that are in the Ag Building and making a scavenger hunt of sorts.”

While the AgVenture is geared toward children ages 5 to 12, parents can participate and learn along side their kids about Missouri’s agriculture industry.

The expo will also feature the Missouri Grown Market which exclusively displays products grown or produced by Missouri farmers.

“. . . and it features products that are grown, raised or processed by members of the Missouri Grown Program, which is a program through the Department of Agriculture,” Mergen stated, “they are going to have products for sale such as meat sticks, rice, honey, jams and jellies, flavored sodas, any products that is produced by a Missouri Grown Member.”

Free samples will also be available to guests. Coupons will also be handed out at the market for the Missouri Grown Bistro that guests may use for either breakfast or lunch. The bistro is located in the Taylor Woods Youth Building.

To learn more about the Ag Expo, visit the Missouri State Fair’s website.