The Missouri State Fair has been recognized as one of the best in the world by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE), Fair Director Mark Wolfe announced today.

“The Missouri State Fair is the premier agriculture showcase in the state,” Wolfe said. “It is outstanding to see the efforts of our Fair Commission and Staff recognized on an international scale.”

During the recent 125th Annual IAFE Convention’s Agricultural Awards ceremony sponsored by John Deere, the Missouri State Fair was recognized for excellence as the winner of the Overall Judges Creative Award for its special agricultural educational event titled “Let’s Talk Livestock,” a project implemented with the support of Missouri 4-H and Missouri FFA.  The Fair also received first place honors for its overall program for agricultural exhibitors.

The Missouri State Fair received other first place wins for the Fair’s overall program for commercial agricultural vendors, participatory and unique contests, and sponsorship continuity.  Among the more than 30 honors received, the Fair also earned recognitions for its communications and sponsorship efforts.

The IAFE, based in Springfield, Mo., is a voluntary, nonprofit corporation with a membership of over 1,200 from around the globe, serving state, provincial, regional, and county agricultural fairs, shows, exhibitions and expositions. Its associate members include state and provincial associations of fairs, non-agricultural expositions and festivals, associations, corporations, and individuals engaged in providing products and services to its members, all of whom are interested in the improvement of fairs, shows, expositions and allied fields.

The 2016 Missouri State Fair will be held Aug. 11-21 in Sedalia. For more information on the Fair, and to view the full list of awards, visit