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Ozark Fall Farmfest marks 33rd year

Fall is on its way, which means that the Ozark Fall Farmfest in Springfield, Mo., is also nearing. This year Farm Talk Newspaper and the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds will once again host Farmfest and are happy to invite everyone out to enjoy it on Oct. 5, 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. This year marks the 33rd year for the Ozark Fall Farmfest and both Farm Talk and the OEF will turn the fairgrounds into the site of the area's premier agricultural event featuring over 750 exhibits inside and out. Although the shows name leads many to believe it is only a farm show, show promoters encourage everyone to come out because there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Exhibitors cater well to the crowd by bringing goods and services anyone from a small acreage owner to a large landowner might find interesting. Those in attendance will find anything and everything they would need around the house, the yard or the farm and ranch. From livestock equipment to tractors, trailers to balers and hay handling equipment, seed, feed and fertilizer, Farmfest is sure to offer something for everyone.

This year's show, like those in the past, will bring everything in agriculture to the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and the show boasts a family-friendly atmosphere.

Farmfest also offers a large number of livestock exhibits in the barns throughout the fairgrounds. Farmfest continues to be a place where area breeders bring some of the best livestock to show, offering stockmen and women a unique opportunity to see what kinds of breeding stock is available to them. This also gives those interested in the livestock a chance to visit one-on-one with the breeders themselves. This year, the cattle barns will be full, once again, and they will feature a number of breeds, including; American British White, Angus, Belgian Blue, Brahmousin, Brangus, Braunvieh, Beefalo, Beefmaster, Charolais, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Irish Dexter, Limousin, Lowline, Maine-Anjou, Red Angus, Red Poll, Romagnola, Salers, Scottish Highland, Senapol, Senegus, Shorthorn, SimAngus and Simmental.

The show will also cater to equine enthusiasts, allowing them to view a wide array of horses on the grounds. Other livestock at the Ozark Fall Farmfest will include Boer goats, dairy goats, Katahdin hair sheep, miniature donkeys, Flemish giant rabbits and alpacas.

The Ozark Empire Fair Foundation is offering some cowboy humor entertainment the evening of Oct. 6. The Ozark Empire Fair Foundation is proud to be partnering with SoMo Farm & Ranch Supply and Crystalyx to present An Evening With Baxter Black at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with a meal preceding the Baxter Black performance. Tickets for the event are $40 per person with all proceeds benefitting the Ozark Empire Fair Foundation. Call 417-833-2660 to purchase tickets.

Exhibits will include animal health products, tractors, trailers, cattle working equipment, livestock waterers, feed, fencing, tools, trucks, forage equipment and more. Farmfest annually features a Rural Living section where a host of products designed to enhance the rural lifestyle will be on display.

One of the favorite features of Farmfest, the Stock Dog Training Demonstrations, will be returning again this year. Well-known stock dog trainer Danny Shilling from Bois D' Arc, Mo., will be on hand offering his expertise to those interested in owning and handling working stock dogs. Another favorite stop at Farmfest for many folks is the equipment displayed by the Ozark Steam Engine Association and the Southwest Missouri Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association.

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. For more information, contact Farm Talk at 620-421-9450 or the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds at 417-833-2660

Date: 9-24-2012

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