The Missouri State Fair competition schedule is officially underway this Thursday, July 27, beginning with the 4-H and FFA Horse Show, followed by the prestigious Society Horse Show, Tuesday, Aug. 1. These events are open to the public at no charge.


“Equine shows are an important part of the Missouri State Fair competition schedule that we look forward to each year,” Fair Director Mark Wolfe said. “Due to the large number of entries hosted during the 11-day Fair, these two shows are held in advance.”


Randy Kirby
Randy Kirby

Show classes for 4-H and FFA youth will be held July 27-30, under the direction of Superintendent Debbie Davis. The events will begin at 2 p.m. on July 27 in the Coliseum, with an 8 a.m. start time on July 28 in the Mathewson Exhibition Center.

Start times for shows on Saturday, July 29, will be 7 a.m. in the Coliseum and Donnelly Arena, and 8 a.m. in the Mathewson Exhibition Center. On Sunday, July 30, shows will start at 7 a.m. in the Coliseum and 8 a.m. in the Mathewson Exhibition Center. Orscheln Farm and Home is the sponsor of the t-shirts worn by the youth during these shows and during the 11-day Fair.


Society Horse Show events will be held Aug. 1-5 and are managed by Superintendent David Owens. The Walking Horse, Spotted Saddle Horse and Open Gaited Horse divisions will kick off events at 6 p.m. on Aug. 1. The competitions will continue with start times of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily, Aug. 2-5. Academy classes will be offered on the afternoon of Aug. 5. All events will be held in the Mathewson Exhibition Center.


Equine competitions continue throughout the 11-day Fair. The Miniature Mule Show will take place in the MFA Arena at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 11. Later that evening, the Draft Mule Show will start at 7 p.m. in the Coliseum. The following day, Saturday, Aug. 12, will be a full day of mule shows, starting with the Open Mule Classes at 8 a.m. and ending with the Jumping Mules and Mule Game Classes at 6:30 p.m. All mule shows on Saturday, Aug. 12, will be held in the Mathewson Exhibition Center.


Donkeys show at the Fair for one day, beginning with Jacks and Jennets at 8 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 13, in the MFA Arena. The Miniature Donkey Show will begin at the conclusion of this show.


The Mathewson Exhibition Center will host the Draft Horse Shows starting Aug. 16, with the Draft Horse Sled Pull at 5 p.m. on Aug. 16; the Gypsy Horse Show at 9 a.m. on Aug. 17-18; Belgian, Percheron and Clydesdale Shows at 8 a.m. on Aug. 19; and the Pony Pull at 1 p.m. on Aug. 19. The always-popular Draft Horse Hitches, title sponsored by Toyota, will take place at 6 p.m., on Aug. 18 and 19. Draft Horse Hitches will close the Fair starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday Aug. 20, and will include the 8-horse hitch class.

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