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Wintry weather brings visitors to WPS Show

April 4, 2013 | 0 comments


The weather that prevented farmers from getting any work done at home was good for last week’s WPS Farm Show in Oshkosh as about 20,000 people attended the three-day event at the EAA grounds.

While snow still covered many farm fields in the state and parts of the show venue, farmers took the opportunity to kick tires and do business with the hundreds of vendors and exhibitors who were at the show.

On the third and final day of the event Rob Juneau, the WPS agricultural consultant who manages the show for his company, said this year’s crowds were the largest they’ve ever had.

Attendance for the first two days of the show totaled over 15,000 and when Juneau talked to Wisconsin State Farmer near the end of the show, he estimated there would be at least 5,000 on the third day. It is the fifth year he has managed the annual event for the power company WPS.

His "day job" with the company is to work with farmers on power issues they may have on their farms.

As far as Juneau was concerned the weather was just perfect for the farm show – it was winter-like preceding the event and then during the show it was sunny and warmer.

All of the 465 vendor booths inside the airplane hangars were filled and he has a waiting list of businesses that would like to get one of those booths if any more were added, Juneau said.

With the huge airplane runways that the show is set up on outdoors, he said outdoor space is virtually unlimited. "We have new companies here that have never been at our show. We’ve got well drillers, equipment companies, and they tell me that they are really doing business at this show."

The weather helped. "Obviously farmers can’t do anything in the field but it was really nice weather to get out and go to a farm show."

Because of the popularity of this show Juneau said that next year he will probably put up a large tent to accommodate the businesses who want to be at the show. "An 80-by-200-foot tent with 10-foot sidewalls could be used as a temporary building for these 10-by-10-foot booths that our exhibitors need."

Juneau closely consults with the owners and operators of the EAA grounds and they tell him it isn’t likely that they are going to build another airplane hangar. That would be his first preference; but they would have no problem with the farm show putting up a tent on the grounds.

"We do feel that it will be worthwhile."

The show had used a tent to house some exhibitors four years ago, but then one of the hangars was enlarged, opening up additional space for the show. Now that, too, is filled.

This was the 53rd edition of the show, which began in Green Bay as a way to showcase innovations in the use of electric power like barn cleaners and bulk tanks on Wisconsin farms. This year was the 11th show held in Oshkosh in the ever-evolving event.

Over the years as the emphasis moved away from electrical innovations, Juneau says it moved toward just about every other thing that could be useful on a farm including services from professional providers, feed and seed companies and farm equipment.

"Everything keeps getting bigger and bigger," he said. There has also been an emphasis on greater precision in farm equipment, he finds. "What’s the old saying? If you can’t measure it you can’t manage it."

Even manure spreaders at the show now include global positioning systems (GPS) so that manure nutrients can be applied most profitably.

With his fifth year of managing the show for WPS under his belt, Juneau said he considers it a big success.

He should know what farmers want to see since he is a farmer, too. He has a 50-cow dairy farm in the Green Bay area. "It’s a bad habit I can’t get rid of."

In his agricultural work for WPS he helps farmers with the company’s farm rewiring program and stray voltage testing.

As for the work that brings farmers together for three days each spring, he’s planning for an even bigger and better farm show next year.

Dealers tell Juneau that not only did they talk to a lot of farmers at the show, but that they also did substantial amounts of business, ensuring that they are happy with the event and more than likely will be back next year.

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