Missouri 4-H to showcase youth businesses at State Fair

  • Published: Friday, July 9, 2021

SEDALIA, Mo. – Eighteen Missouri 4-H youths will sell original handmade items Aug. 12-22 at the Missouri State Fair.

Through the Show Me 4-H Wares program, youths are encouraged to start and run their own business with skills learned through 4-H projects, says Samantha Brandeberry, a University of Missouri Extension state 4-H educator.

This year’s exhibitors represent 11 Missouri counties and range in age from 10 to 18. “The products offered by each business showcase the diversity of 4-H projects and how they translate to tangible career paths in entrepreneurship,” Brandeberry says.

This year, the Show-Me 4-H Wares booth will showcase artwork, goat’s milk soap, crochet garments, jewelry, silk-screened T-shirts, dog treats, bath bombs, registered Simmental cattle semen and embryos, and hand-painted metal chairs.

Brandeberry says participating in the sales booth requires a lot of time and thought on the part of each youth. “While Show-Me 4-H Wares exhibitors will learn a lot about interacting with customers and sales tax during the fair, they will have put hours of work into creating a business concept, preparing the product itself and designing promotional materials before they ever step foot on the fairgrounds,” she says.

Exhibitors expect to engage with fairgoers during their time at the booth. The opportunity to share their projects makes the hours of work feel more worthwhile, she adds. “The 4-H’ers love it when people stop by and ask questions. Some make purchases, but the interest and opportunity to talk about their business makes a big impact.”

The Show-Me 4-H Wares booth will be open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at Mizzou Central in the Mo-Ag Theatre. For details, visit https://extension.missouri.edu/programs/missouri-4-h/4-h-projects-opportunities/4-h-opportunities/show-me-4-h-wares.

Show-Me 4-H Wares schedule

Visit these youth-owned businesses in Mizzou Central (Mo-Ag Theatre) at the Show-Me 4-H Wares booth, which will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DateName of businessProduct
Aug. 12
Best by FarrQuality art and woodworking items
Aug. 13
Riverbend SoapsHandmade organic cold-pressed goat’s milk soap, lip balm and body butter
Liz’s Homemade ApplebutterHomemade apple butter made with Missouri-grown apples
Aug. 14
Cassidy’s CreationsCrochet garments and goat milk soaps and lotions
Aug. 15
Goat Milk SoapHandmade cold-processed goat’s milk soap
Aug. 16
Shaye’s Custom CreationsHandcrafted faux leather earrings
Aug. 17
DRiPS CO DesignSilk-screened shirts
Pawsitively Pup-a-liciousA variety of human-grade dog treats
Aug. 18
Rerings: Recycled EarringsEarrings made from recycled plastic
Aug. 19
Wagging Tails TreatsHomemade dog treats and cat toys
Aug. 20
Resin by AlexEpoxy resin art
Addison’s Bath BombsFizzy bath bombs
Aug. 21
Tank to TableRegistered Simmental cattle semen and embryos and also farm-fresh beef
Aug. 22
Chair EnvyHand-painted metal chairs


Writer: Samantha Brandeberry

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