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A series of day camps are again being offered to help children connect with the food they eat. “Branch Out With Ag-Venture” day camps are being offered at Ozark Empire Fair on a series of topics. 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 as camp is limited to 25 participants each day. Topics include beef cattle, sheep and goats, dairy cattle, swine, grains, bees and honey, poultry, fruits and vegetables, equine and equipment, and rabbits. New for 2019 is an additional day on Sunday, July 28th for an afternoon session over rabbits. The children will get an in-depth look at where their food comes from and discuss how food makes its way from farm to table. The camp will also include barn tours and hands-on activities. Camps are offered for children ages 5 through 12.

The Ag-Venture Day Camps are a joint venture of the Ozark Empire Fair, Missouri State University Darr College of Agriculture, and University of Missouri Extension. For more information, contact Karla Deaver at 417-466-3102 or Cassie Reid at 417-833-2660. A registration form is available below under 'Important Documents"

The Roots of Camp!

  • How much does Camp cost and what’s included?
    • Kids can come to camp for one day or all nine days. Registration is $6 per child for one day plus $2 for each additional day. Example, if they attend only once, it is only $6, but if they want to come all nine days, you pay $22. Remember, this includes fair admission and parking. Kids will receive a special camp t-shirt and all needed supplies for the camp.
  • 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 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 25. Camp runs from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m each day, except on Sunday July 28th which it will run from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and registration taking place at 1 p.m.
  • 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!
  • Who can register?
    • Camp is open to children ages 5-12. Parents are welcome to stay for camp.
    • 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 as each day is limited to the first 25 campers.

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