I’ll admit it – I’m a big fan of Ozark Empire Fair. While I didn’t grow up in Springfield, every summer I visited my aunt and uncle’s farm out in Clever, and those trips were often timed to coincide with the annual fair, which celebrates the agricultural roots of the Ozarks and the region’s unique culture.
Now, heading to the fair is a tradition with my own children, and we enjoy many of the same things I loved as a kid: musical acts, exhibits, food on a stick, the Lion’s Club Duck Pond, and perhaps most important for the kids, the rides on the Midway.
Now under way in its 76th year, the 2012 Ozark Empire Fair theme, Live Local, brings a new exhibit to the lineup, with the Live Local Expo occupying 37,400 square feet in the east wing. With the tagline “Support Local Businesses,” I knew a stop at the Live Local Expo was a must for this year’s fair visit. Continue reading ‘Live Local embraces flavor of annual fair’