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First-time Youth Livestock Exhibitor Grants

The Missouri State Fair Foundation is on a mission to cultivate the next generation of Missouri agriculture. Our members recognize the important life lessons learned by exhibiting livestock. They also understand exhibiting livestock at the Missouri State Fair can be costly. Through the generosity of our membership and friends, we awarded $13,000 to 32 first-time youth livestock exhibitors at the 2020 Missouri State Fair. These grants are an effort to encourage more youth exhibitors to show for the first-time at the Missouri State Fair. It is our hope that by offsetting some of the costs incurred by exhibiting livestock, more young people will be able to benefit from this invaluable learning experience.

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YOUR generosity will help us award grants to youth who plan to exhibit for the first time at the 2021 Missouri State Fair. Donors who contribute at least $500 will be the official "Champion" of one fortunate exhibitor. Champions will be recognized through a variety of media outlets.


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Grant Rules & Requirements

  • The exhibitor must be a Missouri resident and a current member of 4-H or FFA and be between the ages of 8 and 18 as of January 1, 2021.
  • Application must be signed by the applicant, parent/ legal guardian, AND 4-H/ FFA leader.
  • Exhibitor may not have previously exhibited any livestock (horse, cattle, swine, sheep, goat, chicken, or rabbit) in a 4-H or FFA class at the Missouri State Fair. The exhibitor may have entered projects to be displayed in the 4-H or FFA Building.
  • Only one grant per exhibitor will be accepted.
  • Grants will be awarded for the following species: Horse, Cattle, Swine, Sheep, Goat, Rabbit, and Chicken.
  • The exhibitor must attend AND exhibit in a 4-H or FFA class at the 2021 Missouri State Fair in order to receive payment.
  • If selected as a grant recipient, you will be expected to do the following:
    • Each month prior to the Fair (April, May, June, July, and August), provide us with a brief project update via email or Facebook post. The update will include a picture of you and your livestock entry with a few words describing what you and your livestock have learned, accomplished, etc. These will be used for media and promotional purposes.
    • Provide a picture of you exhibiting at the Missouri State Fair with a brief essay about what you learned from the experience.
  • The grant will be paid to the exhibitor after they have finished showing at the Missouri State Fair AND provided the picture and essay as required. Exhibitors may pick up their check in the Missouri State Fair Foundation office during the Fair or checks will be mailed to the exhibitor after the Fair.
  • Deadline to enter is March 14, 2021. Winners will be announced April 12, 2021. Applicants must be submitted to the Missouri State Fair Foundation with a postmarked date no later than March 14.

Grant Applications Will Be Available January 1st.

2020 Grants Provided by the Following Partners

  • Rusty & Karie Black
  • Broomfield Foods
  • John & Senator Sandy Crawford
  • Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe
  • Doug & Connie Kiburz
  • Nick & Leslie Huston
  • Tim Patterson
  • Kevin Roberts
  • Justin & Abby Schroeder
  • Chris & Sue Squires
  • Andrew & Mary Treuner
  • Westmoreland Concessions
  • Ron & Sandra Wolf
  • Mark & Julie Wolf

2020 Coporate Partners

B & P Excavating
BTC Bank
CFM Insurance
County Distributing
Don's Truck Towing & Truck Wash
Ditzfeld Transfer
LAG Industries LLC
McKinney Food Services
Nucor
Wood & Huston
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