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MASRF is the largest combined art and science fair in the nation. The mission of the Mastodon Art/Science Regional Fair is to hold a prestigious annual fair that promotes excellence in art and science for area K-12 students in public, private and home schools.
The Mastodon Art/Science Regional Fair of Jefferson County (MASRF), established in 1979, is the largest combined art and science fair in the U.S with over 3,000 student entries. It is the only educational event of its type in the region that touches every school (public, private, and home school), every teacher, and every student (K- 12th grade). The Fair is held each spring at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, MO. The Fair routinely fills 90% of the Field House with entries, interactive exhibits, and hands-on workshops and provides adequate parking for over 1,500 parents and friends that attend the Awards Ceremony at the end of the Fair. In 1997, the Fair became an affiliate of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) allowing up to five Jefferson County 9th -12th grade students to participate at ISEF with 1200 students from 38 countries. Top 5th - 8th grade science students receive nominations to compete with 40 of their peers from the U.S. for the Discovery Young Scientist Challenge in Washington, D.C. Top 9th -12th grade art students compete for the prestigious Neo-Renaissance Award, a trip to tour Chicago Art and Science museums. Participating Art and Science educators contend for the coveted Educator of the Year Award and monetary awards. In total, over $24,000 in awards, prizes and scholarships are presented each year to participants. In 2004, The Jefferson County Growth and Development Association (JCGDA) recognized MASRF with the prestigious Jeffersonian Award for a not-for-profit organization. MASRF earned this honor for twenty-five years of outstanding dedication in the recognition of students and teachers of Jefferson County among their peers and within the community. During this period, 100% of the funds raised were spent on behalf of the students. Located only miles from metropolitan St. Louis yet serving a rural region populated with school districts severely restricted by lack of funds, the fair is isolated from resources that typically support educational and cultural events of this type. Our activities are funded solely through the generous benevolence of area businesses, individuals, and foundations. Grant funding from SBC Foundation, Ameren Corporation Charitable Trust, Arts & Education Council, and Missouri Arts Council have provided past support to strengthen the Fair's infrastructure and community outreach programs. Over 100 volunteers, including artists, scientists, and professionals, from within the community graciously donate an excess of 3,000 hours to operate the fair. Community leaders, who represent professional, government, medical, educational, and financial fields, serve voluntarily on the Advisory Board and provide guidance to the Executive Board with regard to the financial stability of the Fair. The Fair's greatest achievement is our ability to strengthen the education process, broaden opportunity and increase potential for each student to succeed and excel in the fields of science and the arts. Our greatest pride is that our students, historically, return to the region to serve in the fields of education, business, research, technology, and community service.