Farm Family

Each year MU Extension in Camden County and the Camden County Farm Bureau selects a local farm family as the Farm Family of the Year to represent Camden County at the Missouri State Fair.  The farm family chosen should meet the following criteria:

  • Farm families who are actively engaged in agriculture and rely on University of Missouri Extension and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources for their programming and technical assistance.
  • Active supporters and cooperators with University of Missouri Extension
  • Active in their community and in leadership roels with organizations such as Farm Bureau, church, school and other farm organizations.
  • Actively involved or support youth organizations such as 4-H, FFA and other youth organizations.
  • Respected by their neighbors and community for their leadership and engagement.
  • The family is interested in attending and agrees to represent their county at the Missouri State Fair.

2017 Camden County Farm Family

Clay and Melissa Kupfer were selected as the Camden County Missouri State Fair Farm Family by the MU Extension in Camden County and the Camden County Farm Bureau.  The family consists of Clay, who is in the construction business, Melissa, an independent insurance agent, daughters Carley, 11, Annie, 9 and Emily 7 who all attend Camdenton Schools.  Together their initials spell MECCA.  Fittingly, by definition:  a place that many people hope to visit and now the name of their farm.  The Kupfer family farm is operating as a u-pick pumpkin patch from their 160 acre residence.  They grow several varieties of pumpkins, gourds and corn.  They open their farm for agri-tourism activities on weekends in October.  The attractions include hay ride, petting zoo, corn crib, hay mountain, nature themed obstacle course, crop maze, face painting, big slide, outdoor games and a concession stand.  They have hosted local 4-H groups, boy and girl scouts, school field trips and church gatherings.  

Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their community, involved in agriculture and participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H and FFA.

The annual event is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri State Fair, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the MU Extension.


Pictured with Clay and Melissa Kupfer, daughters Anabella, Carley and Emily are:  Mark Wolfe, Missouri State Fair Director; Sherry Jones, Missouri State Fair Commissioner; Garrett Hawkins, Deputy Director; Missouri Department of Agriculture, Barbara Hayden, Missouri State Fair Commissioner; Marshall Stewart, Vice Chancellor for MU Extension and Engagement; Lowell Mohler, Missouri State Fair Commissioner; Christopher Daubert, Vice Chancellor and Dean of MU CAFNR; Blake Hurst, President of Missouri Farm Bureau.

Camden County Farm Family Recipients

2017          Clay and Melissa Kupfer
2016          Larry and Brooklyn White
2015          Steven and Pam Bunch
2014          Ernie and Christi Calvert
2013          Darren and Dana Harper
2012          Bill and Brenda Girard
2011          Barry and Lisa Leek
2010          Chuck and Pam Poe
2009          John and Bessie May Hix
2008          Brandon and Becca Witt
2007          Bill and Brenda Scott
2006          W.T. and Tori Carnes
2005          Jared and Tracy Morrow
2004          Mike and Renee Dyer
2003          Jeff and Tanya Apperson
2002          James and Tisha Holden
2001          Troy and Lynn Frederick
2000          Stacey and Heather Luttrell
1999          Terry and Kelly McDaniel
1998          Larry and Jana Cleveland
1997          Steve and Yetta McConnell
1996          Stephen and Sharon Arnold
1995          Doc and Beverly Nemer
1994          Earnest and Jane Calvert
1993          Tom and Debbie Carnes