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Dig Into Ag-Venture


Dig into Food and Farming with Ag-Venture Day Camps


Back for it's third year, “Dig Into Ag-Venture” day camps are being offered at Ozark Empire Fair on a series of topics to serve as a connection between youth and agriculture

The camps are designed to help children learn about food and how it is produced, according to Karla Deaver, 4-H Youth Development Specialist. “These camps give children an opportunity to experience the fair and have fun while learning about the food they eat in a new way,” said Deaver.

Camps will be offered from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. most days of the fair, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. Pre-registration is requested, and a $6 registration fee for the first day includes an entry ticket to the fair, a special camp t-shirt, and all needed supplies for the camps. Each additional day may be attended with a $2 fee. Topics include beef and dairy cattle, sheep and goats, swine, grains, bees and honey, poultry, & fruits and vegetables. A different topic will be explored each day, and kids are encouraged to attend multiple days. The children will get an in-depth look at where their food comes from and discuss how foods goes from farm to plate. The camp will also include barn tours and hands-on activities. Camps are offered for children ages 5 through 10.

Ag-Venture Day Camp is a joint venture of Ozark Empire Fair, Missouri State University Darr School of Agriculture, and University of Missouri Extension.

For more information, contact Karla Deaver at 417-466-3102 or Brittany Gillig at 417-833-2660. A registration brochure can be found below.

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The Dirt on Camp…


  • How much does Camp cost and what’s included?
    • Kids can come to camp for one day or all seven days. Registration is $6 per child for one day plus $2 for each additional day. Example, if they attend only once, it’s just $6 but it they want to come all seven days, you only pay $18.Remember, this includes fair admission.Kids will receive a special camp t-shirt and all needed supplies for the camps.
  • Who needs a ticket?
    • With pre-registration, one child ticket and one adult ticket will be mailed to the address listed on the registration form below. Tickets for additional days will be distributed at camp. A special parking permit will be issued for camp as well Any additional passengers will require a ticket.
  • What gate do we enter and where do we go?
    • When dropping off children, please enter Gate 10 (on Smith Street) and proceed to the NEW LOCATION, the Darr and Wheeler Metals Ag Facility. Registration will take place at 9:30 am each day.
  • Is it all 10 days of the Fair?
    • No, we will not have camp on opening day, Thursday, July 27; Sunday, July 30; or Monday, July 31.Camp runs from 10 am – 12:30pm.
  • What is appropriate dress?
    • Children need to be prepared for fun, hands-on classroom lessons and a tour of the fair. They will be walking outside so remember to apply sunscreen!
  • Can parents stay?
    • Yes, parents are welcome to stay.
  • If your child is not pre-registered, you will have to pay for fair admission and parking upon arrival and $6 at registration.
  • Please note, participation is not guaranteed without pre-registration.
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