Ag Expo 2016 – January 15-16

   Ag Expo, one of the largest ag trade shows in the region, will celebrate its 30th anniversary in January at the Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The event will be held Friday, January 15 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, January 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission will be $1 for adults and free for all college students and youth. This trade show 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 its impact on the area’s economy. The expo will also feature outdoor exhibits. 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. The Master Gardeners will provide Garden Adventures for Kids Saturday morning. 4-H will host a Youth Farm Safety program Saturday afternoon 12 pm to 2 pm and the FFA and 4-H Speech Contest Friday at 4 pm. 
   For more information 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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