Working farmers visit the Wisconsin Public Service Farm Show from across the Midwest and Canada to find information about energy efficiency, new technologies and safety on the farm. Since its premiere in 1960, it's been a show expressly for farmers.
But vendors love it, too.
"We had more than 460 vendors in 2012 and expect that many or more in 2013," said WPS Farm Show Manager Rob Juneau. "The exhibitors always really look forward to our show. They say they do well here year after year."
The 2013 Farm Show will be held at the Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) Grounds in Oshkosh on March 26-28, and vendors will be ready.
"WPS is picky about who gets vendor space at the Farm Show," Juneau said. "We want vendors that provide education and can help farmer's improve their efficiency. They must be ag related. But once they're in, vendors usually end up coming back year after year."
Exhibitors appreciate the WPS Farm Show because it attracts real, working farmers," he added.
Some of the things these real, working farmers can learn about at the show this year include: tractors, field machinery and parts; feed-, livestock- and manure-handling equipment; ventilation systems; lighting; pest control; watering equipment; milking and barn equipment and supplies; financial, insurance and real estate services; and seed, feed and fertilizer.
Many exhibitors are drawn to the event because it's known as a buying show. They'll be available to answer questions, demonstrate products and discuss the needs of attending farmers.
"Vendors know by coming to this show, they'll get orders," Juneau said. "And attendees know they'll get good deals."
Farm Show Highlights
The Farm Show isn't all business.
On Wednesday, the Kiddie Tractor Pull starts at 1 p.m. outside the food tent. Like its mega-horsepower counterpart at the county fair, this popular event challenges youngsters to test their pedal power and see how far they can pull a weighted sled.
The show is also a fundraiser for some young agriculture enthusiasts. For the ninth consecutive year, FFA will hold a silent auction all three days of the show. Proceeds benefit Wisconsin FFA programs. Last year, the silent auction raised more than $5,000 and Farm Show cap sales raised another $314.
In addition to coordinating and staffing the auction, FFA members from several area high schools will be on the show floor in their classic blue jackets to assist attendees who need information or directions.
Farmers with questions or concerns about farm wiring, should check out the WPS booth. Displays include a farm wiring system and a grade-level service display with a combination transfer switch, distribution panel and over-current protection.
WPS agricultural consultants will be on hand to explain the displays, and how these strategies can benefit farms. Producers can also get answers to energy-management questions and information about how, for the sixth consecutive year, the Farm Show is powered by NatureWise®, WPS's renewable energy program.
Out And About
To help attendees who need mobility assistance, motorized scooters, manual wheelchairs and wagons will be available at no charge. Mobility assistance parking spaces will be located directly across from the mobility assistance area east of hangars A and B.
Another way the Farm Show aims to help attendees is by offering some basic medical screenings on Tuesday and Thursday. Nursing students from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh will provide free blood pressure screenings, blood sugar screenings for $5 and cholesterol screenings for $10.
At lunchtime or whenever the urge for a snack hits, Farm Show attendees can visit the centrally-located food tent, featuring a wide selection of Wisconsin food products - burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, baked potatoes, pork chop sandwiches and other delicious offerings from local commodity groups and service organizations.
Admission to the Farm Show and all show events - including the educational seminars - is free. There is a $3 per vehicle fee for parking. Gates are open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursday.
For more information about the 2013 WPS Farm Show, visit www.wpsfarmshow.com.
Article courtesy of Wisconsin Public Service and Farmnews.