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America's Wackiest State Fair Contests

Super Farmer Contest, Missouri State Fair

Missouri farmers show off their skills each summer at this Olympics-like tournament. Male and female duos go head-to-head throwing 42-pound cotton bales (men toss for distance, women for height); moving hay bales 30 feet across an arena; gathering eggs from a nest and finding the hard-boiled one (by cracking them on the male partner’s head); hanging a gate; and completing an obstacle course that involves rolling one partner in a tractor tire and jumping over a five-foot hay bale. “People plan their vacations around this,” says Gaylen Potter, the contest’s superintendent. “I’ll see them in the stands year after year.”

Where: Sedalia, MO

When: mid-August

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