It happens each year on the first full weekend of October. The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, Missouri comes alive with the sights and sounds of the largest agricultural event in the Ozarks. This year’s 42nd annual Ozark Fall Farmfest will be held October 1, 2 and 3.
For spectators, the show provides an opportunity to view over 1,000 agricultural and rural living booths located both indoors and out. Ag displays include farm machinery, animal health products, trailers, livestock handling equipment, feed, seed, trucks, forage equipment and many other products and services. Clothing, cosmetics, home improvement products, jewelry, pianos, pools, spas, farmhouse décor and health information will be featured in the rural living area.
Exhibitors appreciate the value of their merchandise being seen by thousands of buyer prospects over a three day period while still having time for one on one discussions and questions.
“The Farmfest is always a highly anticipated event throughout the four state area and beyond,” said Lance Markley , Ozark Fall Farmfest show coordinator. “While the show can be seen in one day, many families make it a weekend affair, allowing plenty of time to see it all plus enjoy other activities in the Springfield and Branson area.”
The 2021 show brings a record number of livestock entries with over 600 head scheduled to be seen in fairgrounds facilities including the new Central Buildings Event Center. Cattle exhibits will include American British White Park, Angus, Balancer, Beefalo, Beefmaster, Black Hereford, Brahmousin, Brangus, Braunvieh, Charolais, Dexter, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Limflex, Limousin, Maine Anjou, Red Angus, Scottish Highlander, Salers, Shorthorn, SimAngus and Simmental along with club calves and commercial cattle. Other livestock exhibits are Quarter and Morgan horses, Boer and myotonic goats, Berkshire and crossbred hogs and Dorper, Katahdin and Swiss Valais Blacknose sheep.
The Ozarks Steam Engine Association and the Southwest Missouri Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association will once again be providing a display of the evolution of agricultural technology and equipment.
And the fair food? Oh my! “There are eight concession stands and four climate controlled restaurants with food ranging from corn dogs to barbecue to steak sandwiches” reports Ozark Empire Fair General Manager, Aaron Owen. Popular dining options including the Stockyard Smokehouse, Boot Daddy Grille and the Beef Quarters will be open during the show.
The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds will follow guidelines as mandated by the CDC and local authorities during the Farmfest. “There will be precautionary measures taken to ensure the health and safety of event attendees , including extra hand washing locations, hand sanitizing stations and signage regarding social distancing,” Owen said.
For show visitors with limited mobility, scooters will be available for rent for the duration of the show near entry gate 5A. Handicap parking is also available at several fairgrounds locations.
As always, admission and parking are free on the show grounds. Show hours 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 just off Interstate 44 and Highway 13. The Ozark Fall Farmfest is produced by the Ozark Empire Fair. Show information is available at http://www.ozarkfallfarmfest.com.