Show-Me 4-H Wares

Missouri State Fair 2021
August 12-22nd, 2021
Registration is open now through July 1st!
Registration fee: $10 per youth

4-H members can sign up to market and sell original products and services at the Show-Me 4-H Wares sales booth at the Missouri State Fair!

All 4-H youth ages 11–18 can sign up to sell on their own, with a biz buddy or as a team. Youth ages 8–10 can partner up with an older youth to sell items on-site. This year, we plan to give exhibitors a full 11am to 5pm shift on one day of the fair to help them maximize their opportunities. All days of the fair, August 12-22, will be available as choices for exhibitors. However – we will prioritize filling August 12-15 and August 19-22 before filling the remaining dates.

The youth marketplace is for business-minded 4-Hers to gain confidence, apply public speaking and learn marketable skills while selling projects and earning their own money as entrepreneurs! 4-H’ers are not required to be enrolled in an entrepreneurship project in order to participate.

Registration fees go to cover program materials, venue expenses and administrative fees. Participants will also receive a Show-Me 4-H Wares t-shirt! If you need financial assistance, please contact Samantha Brandeberry.

How to apply

Youth registration is open at 4-H Online between May 17 and July 1. Selection begins June 21, so youth who apply early will have more date options!

Types of registration:

  • Biz – Solo Youth
    • One youth (age 11-18) selling solo
  • Biz Buddies
    • Biz Buddies is a Show Me 4-H Wares opportunity for Junior 4-H'ers (8-10) to partner with an older 4-H'er to participate in this entrepreneurial opportunity. Biz Buddies groups must have at least one youth that is 11-18. If all youth are 11-18, your group is a Biz Team (see below).
      • Biz Buddies Leader - One youth age 11-18 acting as LEADER for group of 2-3 youth selling together. Leaders will be responsible for submitting supporting materials on behalf of their group.
      • Biz Buddies Helper - Up to 2 additional members of a Biz Buddies group. Can be 8-10.
  • Biz Teams
    • A team of 2-3 youth (11-18) selling together. Each team should appoint a Team Leader.
      • Biz Teams Leader - One youth per group who will be the main point of contact and leader of their team. Must be 11-18. Leaders will be responsible for submitting supporting materials on behalf of their group.
      • Biz Teams Team Member - Up to 2 additional members of a team. Must be 11-18.

Applications include:

  • A brief description of the business
  • A sample photo of the 4-H product or service being sold
  • A sample business card, brochure or flyer (optional)

Details and application instructions are included on 4-H Online. Click on these links for more information about Missouri State Fair and 4-H events at the State Fair.

Show-Me 4-H Wares Year-Round

County 4-H programs, fairs, farmers markets or community groups can support enterprising 4-Hers with a table, booth or pop-up shop at their events. For more info on 4-H youth marketplaces year-round, please contact Samantha Brandeberry.