" It is the mission of the Missouri Association of Fairs and Festivals to promote the educational and entertainment interest of a wide and varied audience and to encourage family, community, and professional involvement for the betterment of the fair industry". ____________________________________________________ The Missouri Association of Fairs and Festivals is an organization banded together for the betterment of county fairs and community festivals. Involving the ideas and experience of fair boards, youth leaders, agriculture interests, community leaders, concessionaires, and vendors of all types the association works to blend them into a single purpose with common goals. The purpose of the first county fair in Missouri dating from 1835 was to "improve agriculture and business, and to bring rural and urban people together in a friendly atmosphere of education wholesome entertainment and to win that coveted blue ribbon". That purpose is still shared today by every fair and festival in Missouri. First organized in 1911 as he Missouri Association of Fairs it has changed from a mostly rural organization into one promoting events from the smallest community festival to the largest events in urban settings. Having re-organized several times and the additional of festivals as equal partners reflects the associations goal of reaching out to all those involved in the promotion of 4-H, FFA, Youth and Senior fairs as well as those festivals featuring their heritage or the bounty of their local harvest.