Ag Expo 2014 – January 24-25

   Ag Expo will celebrate its 28th Anniversary on January 24 and 25 at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Agriculture booth spaces are now available to rent. This is one of the largest ag trade shows in the region, which is sponsored by Butler County University of Missouri Extension Council and the Ag Club of Three Rivers College.
   There will be 118 booths available to visit and learn first-hand about agriculture and natural resources and their importance to the area’s economy. The expo will also feature outdoor exhibits. Ten thousand people attended last year’s two-day event.
   The event will be held Friday, January 24 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, January 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and the two days are packed with activities for the whole family.  Entertainment and events include youth dancing and clogging; gospel, jazz, and contemporary music; agriculture seminars; beauty pageants; and toy tractor pedal pull contests for youth ages 4 to 9.  There will be tractor driving contests for FFA members; petting farm; an old time auction; a milking contest; an ag photography contest; duck calling contest for adults and youth; and baking contest.  This year the Pesticide Applicator Training for private re-certification will be held at the Expo on Friday afternoon from 2 to 5 pm. The Master Gardeners will provide Garden Adventures for Kids Saturday morning and 4-H will host a Youth Farm Safety program Saturday afternoon 12 pm to 2 pm. New this year will be a Mobile Certified Kitchen and a live cow milking demonstration will be held every two hours during the expo.
   So don’t forget to attend the Ag Expo on January 24 and 25 and plan to bring the whole family. For more information, to purchase booth space, and to register for the beauty contest, contact the University of Missouri Extension Center, 222 North Broadway, Poplar Bluff (686-8064) or check our website at   MU is an equal opportunity/ADA institution.∆
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