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It's Farmfest time in the Ozarks

Farm Talk Newspaper and the Ozark Empire Fair invite farm and ranch families to come out to the Ozark Fall Farmfest, which is set for Oct. 2, 3 and 4 in Springfield, Mo.

Farmfest will be held at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and will feature more than 750 exhibits indoor and out, as well as barns full of livestock to check out.

For 30 years Farmfest has offered folks a chance to see all the latest in agriculture equipment, all in one place.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Farmfest visitors can check out just about everything from tractors to tools, livestock to front-end loaders and hay equipment to utility vehicles. Then there is even more to see in the livestock barns.

The live animal segment of the show presents a unique opportunity for stockmen to take a look at the different kinds of breeding stock available to them and learn more about the animals from the breeders themselves. Beef cattle breeds at Farmfest include Angus, Belgian Blue, Brahman, Brahmousin, Brangus, Braunvieh, Beefalo, Beefmaster, Charolais, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Irish Dexter, Limousin, Longhorn, Lowline, Maine-Anjou, Milking Devon, Red Angus, Romagnola, Salers, Scottish Highland, Senapol, Senegus, Shorthorn, SimmAngus and Simmental.

In addition to the beef cattle, equine enthusiasts will also be able to view a wide array of horses. Other livestock at Farmfest will include Boer goats, dairy goats, Katahdin hair sheep and show pigs.

As for the rest of Farmfest, indoor and out, the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds will be spilling over with animal health products, tractors, trailers, cattle chutes, gates and panels, livestock waterers, feed, fencing, tools, trucks, forage equipment--and so much more.

Farmfest also features rural living displays where a host of products designed to enhance the rural lifestyle will be on display.

Well-known stock dog trainer Danny Shilling from Bois D'Arc, Mo., will be on hand once again to present daily stock dog demonstrations and clinics each day.

Farmfest visitors can also take a step back in time by visiting displays of antique equipment brought by the Ozarks Steam Engine Association and the Southwest Missouri Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association.

Hours for the Ozark Fall Farmfest are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 2 to 4. As always, admission and parking are free. The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds are easily accessed on the north side of Springfield, Mo., just off Interstate 44 and Mo. Hwy. 13.

The Ozark Fall Farmfest is sponsored by the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and Farm Talk Newspaper. For more information, contact the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds at 417-833-2660 or Farm Talk at 620-421-9450.

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