The first-ever hay show to be held at the Texas County Fair, Houston, MO, is a joint effort of the fair board and Texas County Extension. It’s scheduled for Aug. 1, says Sarah Kenyon, the University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist who organized it.

“The fair board thought it would be nice to have a hay show to get some farmer interest and for educational purposes – focus on what makes good hay,” says Kenyon. “We modeled it after the hay show that goes on at Springfield, the Ozark Empire Fair Hay Show.”

Texas County show entries will be accepted through July 21. To enter, first contact the Texas County Extension Center at 417-967-4545 or email texasco@missouri.edu.

An extension staff member must visit each participating farm and collect samples from either 10 small, rectangular bales or five large hay packages. A combined sample will be analyzed for moisture, protein, fiber, energy and relative feed value.

Hay entries will be displayed and evaluated at the fair for subjective qualities such as aroma, color, purity and condition.

The entry fee for the complete evaluation is $20. If a farmer also wishes to enter his or her entry to the Missouri State Fair, an additional $5 fee will be charged.