Good weather added to success of Farm Technology Days

Carol Spaeth-Bauer
Wisconsin State Farmer

MARSHFIELD - The dust has settled, rain on the last night of Farm Technology Days left the site in Wood County a mucky mess, but the numbers from the show's three-day run tell the story of a successful event. With final attendance numbers above 42,000, Wisconsin's biggest agriculture show boasted another successful run. 

Various manufacturers of mowers demonstrated equipment during field demonstrations at Farm Technology Days on July 10 in Marshfield.

"We attempted to bring the community together and ended up creating a family in the process," said Wood County Farm Technology Days Executive Committee Chair Dennis Bangart. "Our group could not be happier with the size of the crowds and the quality of the show.”

The grounds committee reminded all exhibitors that they have full week to remove items from Tent City and asked that they avoid the site on Friday, July 13, because of poor conditions after rain the night before. 

Tent City coordinator Anna Maenner looked back on the show's run.

“If we were to compare this show to any other, I would say the crowds were just as big if not bigger than the 2009 show in Dodge County when it was held at Crave Brothers' farms," said Maenner. "A great location in the state and very nice weather made for an ideal situation to bring people out.”

The grounds committee will still be hard at work the week after the show. Fences come down, wood chips will be raked into piles and hauled away. The soil pit and cranberry bog will be filled in with subsoil and then topsoil. Garbage and recycling containers, dumpsters and Port-a-Potties are collected. Watering equipment is returned. Eventually, the Tent City road is removed by grading, loading and hauling gravel and cement blocks away, according to the 2018 FTD program.

Then gears shift as the Jefferson County Farm Technology Days executive committee moves into its final leg of the journey for the 2019 event at the Walter Grain Farms in Johnson Creek, July 23-25. 

Bud and Bev Walter purchased the farm in 1957 with 50 acres. In 1984, the couple hosted Farm Progress Days. The 2019 event, taking place on the same site, will mark the 35th anniversary of the first show the Walter family hosted, as the second and third generation of the Walter family continues the family farm tradition.