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The second day of Farm Technology Days in Barron County found the grounds bustling with activity. After a rainy start on Tuesday, near perfect weather welcomed visitors on Wednesday.

The second day of Farm Technology Days in Barron County found the grounds bustling with activity. After a rainy start on Tuesday, near perfect weather welcomed visitors on Wednesday. Photo By Gloria Hafemeister

Rain presents challenges for FTD

July 18, 2013 | 0 comments

DALLAS

Farmers are accustomed to challenges with the weather so rain on the first day of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days didn’t keep the show from going on.

The 60th annual show, hosted this year by Alex and Mary Olson of Breezy Hill Dairy near Dallas in Barron County had a slow start but exhibitors were still pleased.

Never mind the downpour that muddied the grounds on the event’s opening morning. For those who were there, it meant spending more time under tents talking with sales representatives of the various products shown there. That pleased the exhibitors.

It did present a few more challenges for the committees, especially the crews whose job it was to distribute wood savings in the wettest areas.

Grounds crews acted quickly to spread shavings where needed but opted not to spread them in walk and drive areas unless there was standing water.

In the parking lots there were a few vehicles that got stuck the first day but the busy crews rerouted some of the driveways for traffic during the rest of the show. Traffic flowed smoothly.

The sunshine later on Tuesday and throughout the day on Wednesday quickly dried the ground. Field demonstrations also went on as planned on Wednesday.

Perhaps the biggest issue was that storm warnings came just before the opening ceremonies were about to begin. Fortunately the worst of the storms in the area did not move through the Dallas area as feared.

Still it was plenty windy, says Pam Fall, Family Living committee chair who said that tent was filled with people waiting to take part in the opening ceremonies.

Emergency management officials kept a close eye on things as did the Barron County Sheriff’s Department. Organizers were relieved they did not need to evacuate but it did delay things a bit and the rain discouraged many people from coming the first day.

Normally attendance on the first day is in the 15,000 range but this year it was about 5,000.

They made up for it on day two of the show, however, when near-perfect weather welcomed more than the usual numbers of visitors.

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