The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds will be flooded with visitors coming to attend the Ozark Fall Farmfest Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7, 8 and 9.

The 37th annual edition of the largest farm and ranch show in the Ozarks will feature the latest in agricultural technology and rural living products and services.

 “With 800 booths and over 500 head of registered livestock on display, the Ozark Fall Farmfest continues to be the premier agricultural event in southwest Missouri,” said Lance Markley, Ozark Fall Farmfest coordinator and Farm Talk Newspaper advertising manager.

“Four State area attendees look forward to the show each year and many actually make a full weekend excursion to the event,” Markley added. “The opportunity to view a large variety of agricultural and rural living exhibits coupled with the restaurant and motel choices in Springfield make for an ideal day trip or weekend destination.”

Vendors will feature a wide selection of animal health products, trailers, livestock handling equipment, livestock waterers, feed, tools, trucks, forage equipment, agricultural services, rural living items and livestock exhibits.

“We have a variety of exhibitors offering home décor, lawn furniture, cosmetics, clothing and apparel, and more in our rural living displays,” said Brittany Gillig, Ozark Empire Fair agricultural director.

Some of the best livestock in the Four States also will be featured in the barns.

“There will be a wide range of beef cattle breeds on display,” Gillig said. “As far as the livestock goes, our space for beef cattle is sold out.”

Livestock exhibits will include Angus, Belgian Blue, Brahmousin, Brangus, Braunvieh, Beefalo, Beefmaster, Charolais, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Irish Dexter, Limousin, Longhorn, Maine-Anjou, Red Angus, Romagnola, Salers, Scottish Highland, Shorthorn, Sim-Angus, Simmental and White Park cattle in addition to horses, Boer goats, dairy goats, Katahdin hair sheep, swine, miniature donkeys, and rabbits.

The crowd-pleasing stock-dog demonstrations by Danny Shilling will return and take place daily at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, the demonstrations will take place at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see the evolution of agricultural technology at the Ozarks Steam Engine Association and Southwest Missouri Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association display of antique equipment.

Hours for the Ozark Fall Farmfest are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission and parking on the fairgrounds are free.

The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds are easily accessed on the north side of Springfield, Missouri, just off Interstate 44 and Highway 13.

The Ozark Fall Farmfest is sponsored by the Ozark Empire Fair and Farm Talk Newspaper. For more information, contact Farm Talk at 1-800-356-8255 or the Ozark Empire Fair at 417-833-2660. £

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