The fourth 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 22, 23 and 24.
“We are excited to once again bring back our internationally award-winning show, allowing for a full weekend of entertainment, shopping and education,” said Cassie Reid, livestock director 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, ATVs, 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 an Applegate round pen donated by MFA Incorporated in the E-Plex.
Throughout the weekend, there will be free equine seminars including clinics by Montana stockman Curt Pate. Pate is a nationally recognized stockmanship and stewardship instructor on colt starting and ranch horsemanship. As an avid environmentalist, Pate is passionate about grazing animals to improve the environment as well as for a profitable farm business.
Michael Richardson of Hico, Texas, makes his debut at the Ozark Spring Roundup as he discusses his goal of establishing a line of communication and building a relationship with the horse and human by addressing the subtle changes in the horse’s expressions and body language. The Mule Enthusiast Dave Recker brings audiences his method of teaching your mule or horse to lie down to mount. Adam Jones, MFA conservation specialist will discuss pasture management practices throughout the weekend.
On Friday, FFA and 4-H youth will participate in the Youth Horse Judging Contest in the Corwin Auto Arena. The region’s best barrel racers will compete in the Invitational NBHA Barrel Racing Showdown on Saturday morning. A favorite for all ages will make its return as the Cowboy Mounted Shooting is held on Saturday and Sunday.
The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and Missouri Club Calf Association sanctioned Ozark Spring Roundup Heifer and Steer Preview Show will make its return to the event on Sunday. The Missouri State University Bear Classic Preview Show will be at the Fairgrounds on Saturday for the second year. Both shows will be held in the Noel Boyd Youth Livestock Facility.
The Ozark Spring Roundup is followed with the Ozark Empire PRCA Pro Rodeo on Friday and Saturday in the Corwin Auto Arena. FFA students can receive discounts for Friday night. More information on promotions and ticket prices can be found at OzarkEmpireFair.com.
The show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. On Sunday, cowboy church services by the Sac River Cowboy Church will be held in the Corwin Auto Arena at 9 a.m.
Parking and admission to the Ozark Spring Roundup are free. For more information, visit OzarkEmpireFair.com or call 417-833-2660.