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Mother Nature & MDC show off underwater critters at Missouri State Fair

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SEDALIA, Mo. – Most of us who read Ozarks Living have gotten a taste of Mother Nature’s fascinating creatures, plants and occasional thrilling weather events over the years, but the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer some fascinating examples at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia starting Thursday, Aug. 13 through Sunday, Aug. 23.

You can get up close without getting under water to observe the native Missouri Blue Catfish, among other aquatic critters at the Conservation Building during the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia Aug. 13–23.

You can get up close without getting under water to observe the native Missouri Blue Catfish, among other aquatic critters at the Conservation Building during the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia Aug. 13–23.

Visitors to the Conservation Building from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily will be treated to aquaria full of live fish and other aquatic wildlife along with displays of live native animals such as snakes and turtles.  MDC staff will be on hand each day to answer questions and distribute educational materials, and  perhaps just to have fun with our youngest fair goers. MDC’s air-conditioned Conservation Kids’ Discovery Room will be open from10 a.m.-6 p.m. for some hands-on fun exploring nature through crafts and other activities.

Enjoy conservation-related demonstrations at the Department’s outdoor pavilion, including:

  • Raptors of Missouri on Aug. 13 and Aug. 22 at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m.
  • Fish Cooking and Cleaning on Aug. 14 and 15 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Be Bear Aware on Aug. 16 and Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Rainfall Simulator: Managing Soil on Aug. 17 and 18 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Fly Tying on Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • “Alien Invaders in Missouri” on Aug. 20 with displays and activities from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Forest Products and a Circular Sawmill in Action on Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

For more information, click on the Missouri State Fair, and for other MDC events happening this summer, go online to mdc.mo.gov/events.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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