Let's all go to the fair
My earliest memories of the Missouri State Fair are of walking along
the midway and inhaling the sweet smell of fair food. I lived in Braymer
at the time and all of my friends were regulars at the fair, showing
their cattle and exhibiting carefully crafted 4-H projects.
Later in life I had the opportunity to present the silver tea service
that was the award for the fair’s grand champion mule when that
award was presented by Missouri’s electric cooperatives.
I am again a resident of the great state of Missouri I look forward
to attending the fair once again, this time from the air-conditioned
comfort of the Missouri’s Electric Cooperatives Building, I’ll
be attending with my good friend Jerry Divin, who just happens to be
manager of Southwest Electric Cooperative, president of the Association
of Missouri Electric Cooperatives board and chairman of the State Fair
If you haven’t
experienced the Missouri State Fair before you don’t
know what you are missing. Chairman Divin tells me this year’s fair
should be the best ever. Now in its 102nd year, the state fair continues
to be the showcase of all things agriculture and more. Here you will find
largest watermelon and pumpkin, with the winners honored by a plaque and
prize money from our own statewide publication Rural Missouri.
You will be
amazed at the wonders on display, from a massive steam engine put out to
pasture at the fairgrounds to the magnificent catfish and bass that stare
back from the aquariums in the Conservation Department’s building.
Veteran fairgoers from Missouri’s electric cooperatives tell us the
food rivals some of the best restaurants in the state.
cattlemen, pork producers and poultry farmers want to show off their
products in the best way possible.
While you are at
the fair be sure you stop by to see us at the Missouri’s
Electric Cooperatives Building. Each day of the fair it will be staffed
by your neighbors who work at electric cooperatives from across the
a good place to learn about new programs the cooperatives have or just
a great place to cool off and relax.
Parents will like
the Just4Kids area put together by the Rural Missouri staff. Kids will
want to get their pictures taken with our mascot Buddy Bear. Another
highlight of the fair will be the Touchstone Energy hot air balloon.
the early days of rural electrification in Missouri to the present,
the Missouri State Fair and electric cooperatives have been a natural
fit. We are proud to be among the supporters of the Missouri State
Fair. Here’s hoping
our paths cross at the state fair, Aug. 12-22.
Hart is executive vice president of the Association of Missouri