Show-Me 4-H Wares

June 24, 2020 Update: in coordination with MU Extension and Mizzou Central, the Show-Me 4-H Wares sales booth will not be available at the State Fair in 2020, out of safety precautions for youth exhibitors and fair goers.

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! Registration is FREE; there is no charge for 4-H members to participate this summer.

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 team up with an older youth to sell items on-site. Exhibitors choose a four-hour time slot on one of six days at the fair (August 13, 14, 15, 16, 20 or 22).

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!

2019 program summary (PDF)

How to apply

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

For groups of two or three youth, one youth (Biz Buddies leader, or Biz Team leader) completes the registration in 4-HOnline. Other group members (Biz Buddies helper, or Biz Team helper) have one registration step in 4-HOnline.

Applications include:

  • A brief description and sample photo of the 4-H product or service being sold
  • An email/handwritten note from an unrelated adult, stating 4-Hers are ready to show enthusiasm, pitch their product and answer questions about their business
  • 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 Steve Henness.