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Thousdands of area farm and ranch folks enjoyed last year's Ozark Fall Farmfest.

Agriculture will be in the spotlight October 5, 6 and 7 as the Ozark Fall Farmfest brings a bountiful harvest to Springfield, Mo.

For the 28th year, Farmfest will feature a vast array of indoor and outdoor agricultural and rural living exhibits as well as purebred livestock.

The Missouri Entertainment and Event Center—formerly the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds—will spill over with more than 750 exhibits indoors and out and hundreds of animals.

It’s the opportunity to see such an enormous offering of farm and ranch products in one place that has made the Ozark Fall Farmfest the area’s premier agricultural event.

And this year promises an absolute full house of exhibits.

“Exhibitor interest is always very good for Farmfest but it’s been exceptional,” says Farm Talk’s Ted Gum, who coordinates the event. “Right now, exhibit space available is extremely limited and we’re expecting a fantastic show for October 5th, 6th and 7th.”

The Farmfest has also become a popular venue for exhibiting livestock—particularly horses and cattle. Some of the area’s finest breeders bring stock to Farmfest and the event includes quite a selection of other species as well. The live animal segment of the show presents a unique opportunity for stockmen to take a look at the kind of breeding stock available to them and learn more about the animals from the breeders themselves.

Breeders who would like to participate in Farmfest should contact Linda Elderton at the Missouri Entertainment and Event Center at 417-833-2660.

As for the rest of the Farmfest, indoors and out, the site of the Ozark Empire Fair will be brimming over with trailers, tractors, cattle chutes, gates and panels, waterers, fencing, tools, trucks, forage equipment—the list goes on and on.

Additionally, there will be rural living displays where a host of products designed to enhance the rural lifestyle will be on display.

Once again, well-known stock dog trainer Danny Shilling from Bois D’Arc, Mo., will present daily stock dog clinics at Farmfest.

Outstanding displays of antique equipment will be featured as the Ozarks Steam Engine Association and the Southwest Missouri Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association open a window to the past with an assortment of rare tractors, engines and old-time farm implements.

Hours for the Ozark Fall Farmfest are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, October 5; Saturday, October 6; and Sunday, October 7.

Admission and parking are free. The Ozark Empire Fairgrounds are easily accessed on the north side of Springfield, Mo., just off Interstate 44.

The Ozark Fall Farmfest is sponsored by the Missouri Entertainment and Events Center and Farm Talk Newspaper.

For more information, contact the Missouri Entertainment and Events Center at 417-833-2660 or Farm Talk at 620-421-9450.

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