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Swine Barn


The Swine Barn was constructed in 1922 and is listed on the National Historic Register. The architect was Thomas Bast and the contractor was Dean & Hancock. The original barn was constructed with a center show ring, areas on the east and west for animal pens and corner towers with sleeping rooms at a cost of $125,000.The west side of the building was designed to be as elaborate as the east, but was never completed. In 1960, a metal building was added on the west side.


The Missouri State Fair Foundation has made it our mission to cultivate youth actively engaged in agriculture. Our Foundation has chosen to invest significant resources in our youth swine exhibitors. We chose this as a project because each year, there are more than 1,700 4H and FFA swine entries (almost 3 times more than other livestock entries). This reflects Missouri’s top 10 national ranking in various areas of the pork industry and our mission to cultivate the next generation of agriculture through preservation, education, and improvement initiatives at the Missouri State Fair.

Legacy Contributions

Join our efforts to preserve the legacy of the Missouri State Fair Swine Barn for future generations. Invest today and pay it forward through a cash contribution, membership in our Foundation and/or the purchase of Legacy Gifts and Apparel.


The Missouri State Fair has been a family tradition for more than 110 years, providing Missourians a great way to re-connect with their roots, celebrate their heritage, and showcase their accomplishments. It is a place where memories are made and the future is cultivated. Membership in our Foundation is the perfect way to honor your family's Fair heritage, change young lives, and create new possibilities for the future.Join our grass root efforts today!
Swine Barn Investment
Swine Barn Investment
Invest today in the next generation of agriculture. Your contribution will be used to make improvements to the Missouri State Fair Swine Barn.

Then and WOW!

When youth arrive at the Missouri State Fair we want to provide them with an exhibit area that reflects both Missouri’s national standing in agriculture and the effort, investment and achievements of our youth. The Show Rings are at the heart of the barn and unfortunately were the most outdated and dysfunctional areas. To address the challenges presented by limited space and growing exhibitor numbers, improvements included a new show ring system, new placing pens, new staging pens, ADA bleachers, and renovated wash areas.
Bleachers removed and wood salvaged. Stay tuned to see how you can own a piece of history.
Previous show ring.
Previous show ring panels
Previous show ring panels.
Dangerous flashing.
Improvements begin on wash rack ramps.
Flashing repaired.
Old bleachers and show ring removed. Ready for the new.
Installation begins on new 4H show ring.
New 4H show ring in place.
New placing pens.
New bleachers needed.
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Thank you to those who have purchased a Swine Barn Bleacher Wood Plaque.

Plaque #1: Wayne & Sally Minnick
Plaque #2: Amanda Reid
Plaque #3: Ron Ditzfeld
Plaque #4: Jay O'Bannon
Plaque #5: Heimer Hampshires
Plaque #6: Chris & Pam Homefeld
Plaque #7: Team Sloan Livestock
Plaque #8: Nathan & Ashley Forkner
Plaque #9: Barbara Hayden
Plaque #10: Brock Farms - Kerwin & Melanie Brock
Plaque #11: Aaron Briscoe
Plaque #12: Pork Vision/DS&K Farms-Scott Preston
Plaque #13: Kevin Shireman
Plaque #14: Charlie Rosenkrans
Plaque #15: Brotherton Family Farms
Plaque #16: Lemmie Wells
Plaque #17: Drew & Shirley Jackson
Plaque #18: Mark Young
Plaque #19: Raasch Show Farms Show Pigs
Plaque #20: Justin & Jamie Clithero
Plaque #21: Ron Wolf
Plaque #22: JR Reid
Plaque #23: Lance Martin
Plaque #24: Michael Curtis
Plaque #25: Doug Loges
Plaque #26: Chillicothe FFA Alumni
Plaque #27: Purchased by Barbara Hayden - Given to Mike Parson
Plaque #28: MO Pork Association
Plaque #29: Forrest Lucas
Plaque #30: Charlie Mitchell

Plaque #31: Todd & Nicci Wilson
Plaque #32: Show Stock Outfitters- Zac & Bailey Abel
Plaque #33: Chris & Pam Homfeld
Plaque #34: Briscoe Farms
Plaque #35: Rowe Farms
Plaque #36: McCormack Farms
Plaque #37: Crider and Hindman Family
Plaque #38: Doug & Hunter Naros
Plaque #39: Dennis Croy
Plaque #40: Eugene Hinnah Family
Plaque #41: Dennis & Carol Neidholdt
Plaque #42: Birkenholz Stock Farm
Plaque #43: Oaks Family
Plaque #44: Whitehead- Thomas Show Pigs
Plaque #45: Charlie Rosenkrans
Plaque #46: Rodney Heimer
Plaque #47: Welch Farms
Plaque #48: Charlie Rosenkrans
Plaque #49: Mike Byram
Plaque #50: Keith and Linda Dieztschold
Plaque #51: Trucks Place
Plaque #52: Gerke Family
Plaque #53: Mike Jennings
Plaque #54: Charlie Rosenkrans
Plaque #55: McCully Farms
Plaque #56: Lollar Family
Plaque #57: Sweet Springs FFA
Plaque #58: Ramey
Plaque #59: LAG Industries
Plaque #60: Bolinger Brothers
State Fair Sign #1: O'Bannon Family
State Fair Sign #2: Forkner Family
Grand Barrow Sign: Heimer
Keep Off Sign #1: Byram Family
Keep Off Sign #2: Ron Wolf
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