In a few short weeks, the premier agricultural event in the Ozarks will return to Springfield, Missouri. The 41st annual Ozarks Fall Farmfest will be held Oct. 2, 3 and 4 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.
“This year’s Farmfest is shaping up to provide a better exhibition opportunity than ever with approximately 1,000 commercial booths,” said Aaron Owen, Ozarks Fall Farmfest show coordinator. “If you have an agricultural or rural living interest, this is a must-see experience.”
At the one-stop shop for all things rural and agriculture, Ozarks Fall Farmfest exhibitors will offer everything from farm machinery, animal health products, trailers, livestock handling equipment, livestock, waterers, feed, tools, trucks, forage equipment and information on agricultural services.
One of the most notable Farmfest features is the wide range of livestock breeds on display.
Cattle exhibits will include American British White Park, Angus, Balancer, Beefalo, Beefmaster, Black Hereford, Brahmousin, Brangus, Braunvieh, Charolais, Dexter, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Limflex, Limousin, Maine Anjou, Red Angus, Scottish Highlander, Salers, Shorthorn, SimAngus and Simmental cattle as well as club calves and commercial cattle.
Other livestock exhibits will feature Quarter horses, Morgan horses, Boer goats, Berkshire hogs, crossbred hogs, miniature donkeys, Dorper sheep, myotonic goats, and Katahdin sheep.
The Ozarks Steam Engine Association and the Southwest Missouri Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association will provide a display of the evolution of agricultural technology and equipment.
“There are eight concession stands and four climate-controlled restaurants on-site with many different types of food for all ages,” Owen said. Popular concession locations, including the Stockyard Smokehouse and Boot Daddy Grille will be open during the show.
Ozarks Fall Farmfest will be in compliance with Springfield’s face covering mandate, which began July 16. The mandate is for all individuals over the age of 11 with exceptions for individuals who are eating or drinking as long as they remain at least 6 feet away from other patrons.Attendees sitting or standing outdoors and socially distanced from others are not required to wear a face covering. Individuals dealing with health conditions exacerbated by wearing a mask are also exempt.
“There will be precautionary measures taken to ensure the health and safety of event attendees, including extra locations for hand washing and hand sanitizing stations,” Owen said.
For show goers with limited mobility, scooters will be available for rent for the duration of the show near entry gate 5A.
“For those who have never attended the Ozarks Fall Farmfest, let this be the year,” Owen said. “With indoor and outdoor exhibits, this year’s event is a great opportunity to get out for some safe and interesting fall family fun.”
The show offers free admission and parking. Hours for the Ozarks Fall Farmfest are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds are easily accessed on the north side of Springfield, just off Interstate 44 and Highway 13.
The Ozarks Fall Farmfest is produced by the Ozark Empire Fair.