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Friday, 02 August 2013 13:27

Farm Progress Show on the Grow

Growth for the Farm Progress Show continues to exceed the initial projections for exhibit space when the event’s permanent facilities were designed. Agriculture’s boom years continue to increase demand for exhibit space at the nation’s largest outdoor farm event, and the Decatur, Ill., exhibit area will be expanded for its 2013 event. This follows the trend that started with the 2011 show and was continued at last year’s Boone, Iowa, show facility.

 

DECATUR, ILL. (08/01/2013) - The 2013 Farm Progress Show once again introduces an expanded show site for its Decatur, Ill., permanent facility. A new street has been added as well as an annex to accommodate exhibitors’ requests for exhibit space. This year’s Farm Progress Show is scheduled for August 27, 28 and 29.
In 2012, the Farm Progress Show needed to expand the Boone, Iowa, site, also due to the increased demand for exhibit space at this prime show. Demand for space has once again spurred show organizers to expand exhibit space, this time at the Decatur, Ill. site.
Growth projections exceeded
“When the Farm Progress Show sites were built in Decatur and Boone, they were built to accommodate the largest show usage in recent times,” says Matt Jungmann, national events manager. “Before the 2011 show, we added Eleventh Street to meet the demand for space. This year, it became clear that extra space was needed to accommodate all the requests by exhibitors, and the investment would need to be made to accommodate those requests.”
Largest outdoor farm show
The Farm Progress Show grounds have grown from 10 streets to 12 over the last eight years the show has been in Decatur. This year’s demand for exhibit space results in the creation of an annex exhibit area in the west parking lot, as well as adding the Twelfth Progress Street within the exhibit field. The new street will be paved for visitor comfort. This expansion equates to 3.647 million square feet of exhibit space, a 6% increase since 2011.
More for visitors
The extra expansion area referred to as the “Annex,” located outside of Gate 1 in the west parking lot, has an excess of 60 new companies exhibiting. There will be a mix of outside lots and a tent with booths inside. These exhibitors span the ag spectrum and include companies like Polaris, Roto-Mix, Merschmann Seeds, Husqvarna and many more.
This year’s show has even more for visitors to see. With the completion of Twelfth Progress Street and the addition of the Annex, the Farm Progress Show will host more than 600 companies, almost 100 more exhibitors than in previous years.
Don't miss this year's events
Mark your calendar for the 60th annual Farm Progress Show and, after you learn about the latest in ag technology, make your way to the fairgrounds for the third annual Great Lakes Hybrids Farm Progress Show Shootout Tractor Pull or take in the country music concert headlined by Chris Cagle.
The 2013 Farm Progress Show takes place in Decatur, Ill., Aug. 27, 28 and 29. The exhibit field is open to visitors 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for ages 13-17 and free for ages 12 and under. Discounted advance adult admission tickets are available now on the show's website. For a full schedule of events and more detailed information, visit www.FarmProgressShow.com.
There's a handy Farm Progress Show app for iPhones and Android mobile phones, available in the respective devices' app markets.
Additional events
The third annual Great Lakes Hybrids Farm Progress Show Shootout Tractor Pull will be held Aug. 26 and 27 at the Macon County Fairgrounds. Full ticket information and additional details about the pull are available online at Facebook.com/FPSShootout, eTix.com or www.FarmProgressShow.com. This is a separate event and a separate admission ticket is needed.
Or after the show on Wednesday, Aug. 28, take in the country music concert headlined by Chris Cagle. Full ticket information and additional details about the concert are available online at eTix.com and www.FarmProgressShow.com. The concert is a separate event and a separate admission ticket is needed.
The public is welcome at the show, tractor pull and concert events.
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About the Farm Progress Show
Farm Progress Show, www.FarmProgressShow.com, the nation's largest outdoor farm event, annually hosts more than 600 exhibitors displaying new farm equipment, tractors, combines and farm implements; seed and crop protection products; and many additional farm supplies and services.
Producers from the U.S. and around the world attend this industry-leading annual agricultural event.
Ag manufacturers and suppliers from across the country and around the world are exhibitors. Field demonstrations are a show mainstay. Each show day, field demos include side-by-side tillage techniques, GPS and precision equipment, and tractor and combine performance comparisons on hundreds of corn acres available for harvesting. Live cattle-handling demonstrations include the newest cattle chutes, equipment, animal health products and work techniques. Additionally, the show features restored antique machinery, arts and crafts displays, horse training demonstrations and entertainment.
The show is an excellent learning opportunity for producers and includes a wide variety of marketing, management and production seminars.
The Farm Progress Show is a Penton business.
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