One of the great things about coming to the Missouri State Fair is it is the opportunity for you to talk with your leaders and representatives from Jefferson City at many of them have booths set up through the Missouri State Fairgrounds.  State Treasurer Clint Zweifel is one example of those booths in the Mathewson Exhibition Center.

One of the jobs of the state treasurer is to try and put money back in the pockets of people that may not even know they have unclaimed money.  You may ask, "What is unclaimed property and money?"  Well, the answer is that is when financial institutions, insurance companies, public agencies and other business entities turn over assets to Treasurer Zweifel that belong to a customer, client, employee or other owner if there have been no documented transactions or contact with the owner for five or more years.  Most unclaimed property consists of cash from bank accounts, stocks, bonds and contents of safe deposit boxes that have been abandoned.

The neat thing is that if you stop at the Mathewson Exhibition Center, you can talk with Zweifel or the reps in the booth.  It can literally take just a few minutes to look up if you have any unclaimed property.  Last year, more than 400 account owners found $90,000 at the 2011 Missouri State Fair.

In addition to the possibility of you finding money at the fair, you can do so from home.  All it requires is your name.  Sometimes the find is only a dollar or so, but you could be the lucky one that has a couple of thousand dollars unclaimed.

Once, I did a search for family and friends and was given a nice finders fee from them, so you may find the same.  However, I will stress, it is free to search.  Be sure to visit showmemoney.com.