In a few short weeks, the Ozarks’ largest agricultural event will make its return to Springfield, Missouri. Make plans now to attend the 39th annual Ozark Fall Farmfest on Oct. 5, 6 and 7 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.
“The Ozark Fall Farmfest is a one-stop shopping experience that affords attendees the opportunity to view the very latest in agricultural and rural living products, services and technologies,” said Lance Markley Ozark Fall Farmfest coordinator and Farm Talk Newspaper publisher. “Show visitors could spend months driving the countryside and not witness the array of products available in one setting.
Since its start in 1980, the show has grown to such a scale that it can be difficult to view all the exhibits in one day. “With a record 927 booths sold for 2018, many guests will make their visit a full weekend excursion,” Markley added. Attendees can also incorporate nearby attractions in Springfield and Branson into part of their trip.
With a record number of booths and over 500 head of registered livestock at the show, attendees will find plenty to see at this year’s Ozark Fall Farmfest.
Exhibitors will be offering everything from animal health products, trailers, livestock handling equipment, livestock waterers, feed, tools, trucks, forage equipment and information on agricultural services.
“A variety of exhibitors will offer home décor, lawn furniture, cosmetics, clothing and apparel and more in the rural living displays,” said Aaron Owen, Ozark Empire Fair general manager.
Farmers and ranchers will bring their best livestock to exhibit in the barns at the Ozark Fall Farmfest, too.
“A wide range of beef cattle breeds will be on display,” Owen said. “Our space in the barns for beef cattle is sold out.”
Livestock exhibits will include Angus, Belgian Blue, Brahmousin, Brangus, Braunvieh, Beefalo, Beefmaster, Charolais, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Irish Dexter, Limousin, Longhorn, Maine-Anjou, Red Angus, Salers, Scottish Highland, Shorthorn, Sim-Angus, Simmental and White Park cattle in addition to horses, Boer goats, dairy goats, Katahdin hair sheep, swine, miniature donkeys and rabbits.
The ever-interesting stock-dog demonstrations by Danny Shilling will return at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
A display of the evolution of agricultural technology will be featured thanks to the Ozarks Steam Engine Association and the Southwest Missouri Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association members.
There will be additional restaurants open on the fairgrounds during the show including the Stockyard Smokehouse, a new eatery with indoor and patio seating, Owen said.
“Free admission and parking combined with the aroma of wood smoke and fair food provide an enticing atmosphere,” Markley added.
Hours for the Ozark Fall Farmfest are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds are easily accessed on the north side of Springfield, Missouri, just off Interstate 44 and Highway 13.