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Exhibition Story - Missouri State Fair

From the first Mass in 1901, tens of thousand Missouri family members have made the yearly" pilgrimage" to Sedalia. In spite of a number of discrepancies, the trade fair pavilions of 1901 and today have an important joint feature. From the first national fair, the rewards are tapes, bonus and appreciation. The Missouri State Fair from 1901 to the present day was a measure of the state' s financial wellbeing and a film documenting the agricultural industry in Missouri.

One of Missouri's most important industry is the Missouri State Fair, which has played an important part in maintaining the agricultural sector. The Missouri cattle ranchers were awarded several thousand awards and much appreciation at domestic and foreign exhibitions long before the state fair began. Also in the field of several important crop plants, the state came first. Acknowledging this tour, the State Agricultural Society founded an exhibition in Boonville, Missouri in the 1850s - but the scheme was discontinued after three years.

A group of committed cattle ranchers was needed to introduce measures that led to a legislative framework for a state fair. At the fifth Missouri Swine breeders association conference in Lexington in 1897, N.H. Gentry of Sedalia proposed a motion for a general convention to encourage the founding of a fair. Equine breeders' and chicken producers' federations followed with similar decisions.

C. E. Clark of Mexico, on the advice of Governor Lon V. Stephens, passed a bill on 15 January 1899 to create a Missouri State Fair. As soon as the law was passed, six key Missouri congregations began campaigning for the fair in their cities. After a visit to Centralia, Chillicothe, Marshall, Mexico, Moberly and Sedalia, the State Board of Agriculture said its members would select a camp.

The first stop on the route through the potential locations was Sedalia, and the members of the executive committee were welcomed by a small group of small business people working silently to protect the fair. At Marshall, members were treated with scarlet carpets, a $3-a-plate dinner, and promised $20,000 in donations if the fair were held there.

Other towns gave similar treatments to the members of the Executive Committee and pledged to allocate resources for the building of trade fair installations. When the members of the State Council of Agriculture returned to Jefferson to determine the venue for the State Fair, it was like a major policy demonstration. Representatives from each municipality had agreed to welcome the members of the Executive Committee when they left the group.

After the Centralia Municipal Orchestra and the support of several hundred people for the different towns, the members of the executive committee went into a lobby to give their poll. Polling lasted well after 12:00, and after ten rounds of the ballot Sedalia won the highest-bidding ('150 acres') major. Van Ripers, who initially reserved the area for the site of the state capital, gave the area.

It was the choice to settle the fair in Sedalia that led the vanquished delegation to grumble and even make some accusations of "political fixation". "Soon, the management of the fair was the least concerned about policy-making. It had two 100-animal cowsheds, two other similarly sized showroom facilities, 11 stables (one constructed in 1901 for $1,200 and ten in 1902 for $12,000), a shepherd and pigpen (built in 1902 for $12,000 and able to house 2,000 animals), the amphitheatre and the administrative area.

Later on, the former framework administrative buildings were used for the police headquarters and the emergency hospital. They made it in 1901 for $1,500. Fifteen managers, one from each Congress area, were concerned that the first fair funds would be bound by the failures of state brewers to meet their selling tax obligations.

As the brewers were paying their $191,250 bill due, Governor Dockery autographed the grant bill and insured the fair $50,000, but only allowed five month to turn a plains into exhibition grounds. Accordingly, the first state fair in Missouri was planned for the second mid-September when growers were in a slump between the harvest of the crop and the start of wintry harvest.

First Missouri State Fair took place from September 9-13, 1901. Mr. Norman J. Coleman from St. Louis was the first Chairman of the BoD, and J.R. Rippey was the first SEC. There were 15 members on the executive committee from the 15 convention districts. One of the main features of the first fair was the car show on the race course with "exciting exhibits and unusual works on the track".

" There were also trapeze and jockeys as well as car and bike racing on the course. The year 1901 was a year of severe rain and the peasants were disillusioned with their fields and gardens - but the severe weather was only a dilemma for the trade fair organisers of 1901. Looking at the front pages of the Sedalia Democrat this year showed a lot about the problems of this first fair.

The Missouri State Fair was prepared for the opening on September 6th, despite last-minute difficulties with access to fresh waters and railway services to the exhibition area. Missouri Pacific and Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railways expanded the points from their major routes to the site. Sedalia's electrical tram was also expanded to the site.

On the site were 11 stables for horses, two stables for cows, an show stable for 100 pets, two 68?x? showrooms, stables for pigs and goats with a total of 1,000 pets, a hut, an administrative office block, a miles and half distance racetrack and a tribune with 3,000 seats.

For the rest of the first fair, the Sedalia Democrat press releases were dedicated to the description of the items on display and the long list of winning entries in each group. "If enough resources are made available to endow and promote the state fair, it will immediately be considered the best in the United States, the number of visitors will be tens of tens of thousands and its impact on the state' s advancement and evolution will be clear and sustainable.

In 1901, when this first state fair was held, two-thirds of Missouri's inhabitants were peasants. Today, the country's inhabitants are mostly living in the city. The change in lifestyle is mirrored in the dramatic changes in the products, divisions and competitions at the trade fair. The road to the Landesmesse is a trend that has undergone drastic changes since 1901.

At that time, manufacturers were loading cattle into railway wagons for the expedition to Sedalia. Many of the exhibiting companies who resided nearer to Sedalia came in a trolley full of preservatives and baked goods, which was followed by an award winner. One of the exhibition veterans recalls a penniless exhibit who needed two whole week to bring all his pets to the fair.

For a small charge, the fairgoers could hire a camping marquee from the fair management and the campsite to take home their products and tapes in town. During the fair, the accommodation town that emerged stretched over 24 mornings.

However, there are few changes in the state fair that are as marked as the development of the cattle population. In the 60s English races like Angus and Herefords still occupy the largest place in the cattle stables of the State Fair. During the last years new courses have been introduced for Simmental, Charolais, Brahman, Chianina, Brangus, Santa Gertrudis, Maine-Anjou and Limousin.

Consumers' wishes and plant alternatives for talc and fat have led to similar changes in other areas of the fair. The number of Holsteins in the Holsteiner Dairies is now much higher than that of Jerseys, which is mainly due to the lower butter fat concentration of Holsteiner-Milch. The times when a grower put his award-winning chicken or suckler cows at the fair are over.

Specialisation leads chicken farmers, rabbits breeders and pure-bred pig herders to engage in a competitive environment that includes science and often demands technological education that can only be obtained from an agricultural school or after years of farming work. In the early part of the fair, for example, equestrian shows and competitions were well-liked and important occasions.

During the first years of the show, equestrian shows provided bonuses of $12,000 and had 200 listings. However, the number of the state' s equestrians has risen from 28,000 in 1928 to almost 145,000 today. Increasing recreation and the inexplicable wish of many people to own a stallion has made the Missouri State Fair Show an even more favourite show than in the early years.

Once a nation centre for the sales and manufacture of top of the range multinational maltsters. In almost every small city in the state there was a hutch with one to five pets from each near-by farms. On Maultiertag 1911, President Taft attended the state fair and rides a procession of burros and trailers all the way around the miles.

Today's show at the fair still attracts a lot and is perhaps the biggest and most popular of the people. Recreational activities, which have aroused so much interest in amusement cattle, have also led to changes in other areas of the fair, especially in local art. At the beginning of the 70s, a tot of 1,200 items were included in the home economics section of the fair.

This number has almost nearly doubbled today, so that the old housekeeping building bulges almost at the same time. In the past, the delicate manual work and purely embroidered work that filled the display cases was today substituted by needle lace, crocheting, créwel and less laborious craftsmanship, which is typical of a quicker rhythm of being.

Fair added a beauty contest in 1969 and offered Missouri artisans and craftspeople $5,140 in rewards, and the floral exhibition is growing every year. Filately and archeology were once favourite rides at the fair. The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, which recognised excellent competitors, and the Boys State Fair School, where 14 to 17-year-old men were given a free ride to the fair after scoring high in a contest.

Favourite competitions of the early trade fair such as crackers, cakes, sausages, nails and "guess how many corns a pig can consume in one day" competitions. In 1927, the Landesmesse catalogue advertised a babies' competition, a healthcare competition, exhibitions on mines and forests and an exhibition on kennels.

Earning prizes and tapes is not the only thing that encourages tens of thousands of Missouri kids to attend the state fair every year. In fact, the amount of premium payments usually does not even include the invoice for animal feedingstuffs or the transport of an FFA or 4-H member to the fair. The contest, the wish to acquire and enhance new abilities, as well as the formation and reinforcement of friendship encourage the young people to participate in the fair.

The first fair took place in 1901 in the juniors' class. The Missouri FFA section began soon after the 1928 edition of the State Group. Members of the section issued in the youth section of the Landesmesse until a separate section was founded in 1952. The first FFA children's farm was opened in 1959 and is now one of the most sought-after trade fair venues.

A further FFA exhibition was added to the fair in 1955. Looking at the organisation's yearly report, 38 sections had 296 items on show at the trade fair in 1949. Missouri State Fair has weathered storm, poor advertising, depressed and multiple setbacks, administrative changes, budgetary cutbacks and a number of other issues.

A former state official in 1962 suggested handing over the fair management to the University of Missouri, but the governor and the university chairman rejected the idea. The legislator and some agricultural managers have been calling for years for the establishment of a non-partisan committee to manage the fair. The Missouri General Assembly adopted a law in 1996 to create a commission to supervise the business of the Missouri State Fair.

The members of the committee are nominated by the governor and must be four members from each party, with the director of agriculture acting as the 9th member of the director. Today, the Missouri State Fair is in its second decade of ministry to citizens and attendees equally. Pre-fair has never been more challenging, nor have they the opportunity to minister to Missouri.

In order to help the Missouri State Fair Address these occasions and challenges, the Missouri State Legislators signed 1996 fund for the deployment of a master plan. A Missouri State Fair Commission panel and employees of the State Design and Construction Bureau in October 1997 chose a consulting group led by Bucher, Willis & Ratliff Corporation (BWR) of Kansas City to work with the Missouri community to design the master plan for the use of the exhibition site in the city.

Master Plan reccomendations were derived from Missouri's citizens' inputs, through two Charrettes, one in January 1998 and another in June, and through a phone interview with 700 random Missourians (300 Sedalia inhabitants and 400 other individuals from across the state). Now that the master plan is completed, the Missouri State Fair Commission is prepared to start to implement the Recommendation.

The Missouri General Assembly in 1999 authorized $4. 3 million in financing for the original project when it began in 2000. A new Missouri Electric Cooperative Building, which houses a press centre with a video webcast cabin, was built for $300,000 by the Association of Electric Cooperatives.

It was inaugurated at the Missouri State Fair 2000. As well as the events of the eleven-day Missouri State Fair, the exhibition grounds will be used throughout the year to reach an even wider group. The Missouri State FAIR GROunds are used more than 350 times a year on averages.

Be it reviewers or tough advocates of the fair, most Missourians concur that it will take the devotion and collaboration of hundreds of spectators to host an eleven-day event like the State Fair. As long as the agricultural sector continues to be an important economic sector in the country, the fair will remain the most important shop window for them.

Missouri State Fair is the number one for big contests, emphasizing the best of the best in the big show me state of Missouri.

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