Anyone with an interest in agriculture will find a something of interest at this year’s Farm Progress Show in Decatur.
The show will be open Tuesday, August 27, through Thursday, August 29 at Progress City near Richland Community College in Decatur.
The Farm Progress Show is an annual event that shares permanent locations between Decatur and Boone, Iowa. Decatur has hosted the event the odd years since 2005. More than 600 exhibitors, including farming and livestock equipment, seed, bins, and building companies, arts and crafts, and demonstration plots fill the 75 acres.
What used to be a tent city has taken on a more permanent feel with buildings being erected on the site. Asphalt roads with street names help visitors more easily locate exhibits they would like to see.
“More and more exhibits have become permanent,” said Matt Jungman, national event manager. “There have been lots of improvements to the permanent exhibits with buildings, concrete, and graveled lots using colored design.”
The show has also grown in space, expanding to the annex area to the west of the main show grounds. The show attracts crowds from across the nation and internationally.
“We have people from 37 foreign countries registered to attend the event,” Jungman said.
The show is using technology to help visitors find the exhibits they are interested in by incorporating aps for iPhones and Android phones; interactive map search on farmprogressshow.com; using a jumbotron for announcements.
“The interactive map allows you to map out your day,” said Dena Morgan, marketing specialist for the Farm Progress Show.
Some of the highlights this year include a concert by Chris Cagle Wednesday, August 28, at Richland Community College; tractor pull at the Macon County fairgrounds Monday and Tuesday, and a tiling demonstration in a neighboring field.
The field demonstration normally held during the Farm Progress Show has been affected by the cooler, wetter summer experienced this year. The demonstration is one of the main attractions at the show.