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Gold Buckle Gala

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THE PURPOSE

The Ozark Empire Fair Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed in 2003. The Foundation is dedicated to preserving and cultivating Southwest Missouri’s rich agricultural heritage by supporting youth in agriculture and improving the facilities on the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

IT’S ABOUT THE KIDS

The signature event of the Ozark Empire Fair Foundation was first held in 2004 and primary purpose is to recognize the efforts of Southwest Missouri 4-H and FFA livestock exhibitors who have qualified for the auction, and to award youth grants and scholarships. Take the opportunity to bid on the Top 8 Steers, Top 3 Lambs, Hogs and Goats; Top 4 Hams and Top 2 Broiler Pens. Since the event’s inception, over $1,247,270 has been awarded to the kids.

RESTORING THE FAIRGROUNDS

Funds generated from the event are also applied toward additions and improvements to the home of the Ozark Empire Fair. Over $1,472,407 in improvement projects and equipment procurement have been made possible utilizing funds from the Gold Buckle Gala.

IF YOU WANT TO TOUCH THE PAST,

TOUCH A ROCK.

IF YOU WANT TO TOUCH THE PRESENT,

TOUCH A FLOWER.

IF YOU WANT TO TOUCH THE FUTURE,

TOUCH A LIFE.

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Memories Made

Youth livestock exhibitors pose for a photo in the show ring
Close up of a table full of people bidding on the Livestock Auction
Close up of table decor
Drink sign made out of retro blue letters
People going through a food buffet line
A girl shows her cattle in the sale ring
An elderly couple smiles for the camera
A gentleman gets his bandanna put on after purchasing an animal
A young man shows his hog in the sale ring
A young man proudly displays his cured ham in the show ring
Close up of a salad on the table
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