The fifth annual Ozark Spring Roundup — a free agriculture, equine and urban trade show — is making its return to the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, Missouri, on March 26, 27 and 28.
“We are excited to once again bring back our popular spring show, allowing for a full weekend of entertainment, shopping and education,” said Lance Markley, special agricultural events manager at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. “It is our goal to bring resources to our patrons for them to improve their horse, livestock and farming operations.”
Nearly 100,000 square feet of climate-controlled trade show space, in addition to outdoor booth spaces, will be available for visitors to shop for western wear, tack, farm equipment, trailers, vehicles, farm supplies, RVs, livestock, horses, animal feed, home furnishings, home remodeling, clothing and jewelry.
While at the show, visitors will be able to enter to win a $500 PFI Western Store gift card and a round pen donated by MFA Incorporated in the E-Plex.
Throughout the weekend, there will be free equine seminars including clinics by Mississippi horse trainer Michael Gascon. Gascon is a nationally recognized instructor on colt starting and horsemanship known for his skill with un-rideable and un-trainable horses. Known as an accomplished gaited horse trainer for his success with the Paso Fino breed, Gascon has trained everything from ponies to Percheron.
The Trixie Chicks, founded by Shelby Epperson in Missouri and now owned by Kelsey Gascon, return to the Ozark Spring Roundup to share the secrets behind their stunning, high-flying riding tricks in performances and clinics throughout the weekend. Additionally, David Moore, MFA range and pasture specialist will discuss pasture weed control on Friday and pasture renovations on Saturday.
On Saturday morning, WPRA breakaway roping contestants will compete in the Corwin Auto Arena. A favorite for all ages will make its return as the Cowboy Mounted Shooting is held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Livestock showmen will have double the exhibition options with the Ozark Spring Roundup preview show on Saturday and the Springtown Showdown on Sunday. Both shows will be held at the Noel Boyd Youth Livestock Facility and are sanctioned by the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and Missouri Club Calf Association.
The Ozark Spring Roundup is followed with the Ozark Empire PRCA Pro Rodeo on Friday and Saturday in the Corwin Auto Arena. Limited tickets remain available at PFI Western Store or at OzarkEmpireFair.com.
The show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Parking and admission to the Ozark Spring Roundup are free.
For more information, visit OzarkEmpireFair.com or call 417-833-2660.