Biggest outdoor Ag show takes army of volunteers

Colleen Kottke

Hosting the largest agricultural show in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the nation takes time and a large group of hardworking volunteers.

The executive committee serves to plan, organize and mobilize a small army of 1500 volunteers that put on the state's largest outdoor agriculture show.

More than 300 members spread across 18 board committees making up the planning force for the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days have been working tirelessly for the past year and are ready to roll out the red carpet to welcome more than 40,000 visitors to the Kewaunee County Event, July 11-13, 2017.

This year's host farm is Ebert Enterprises near Algoma, just two miles west of Lake Michican.

Farm Technology Days is designed to showcase the latest improvements in production agriculture, including many practical applications of recent research.

Last year 200 Kewaunee County residents traveled to the Farm Technology Days show in Walworth County to promote their 2017 show.

About 15 people worked in the Kewaunee County hospitality tent and lounge, which is traditionally operated by the next year's host of Farm Technology Days.

As the following year's host, Kewaunee County was already spreading the word at FTD 2016 in Walworth County.  Courtesty FTD 2017

"Those were hot days and we were one of the few tents with air conditioning, so we were very popular," said Aerica Bjurstrom, secretary of the executive committee for the Kewaunee event and agricultural agent for Kewaunee County.

Farm Technology Days committee members were also visible in area parades, navigating their promotional float down the parade route in Rio Creek and Luxemburg and the Algoma's Shanty Days parade.

The Farm Technology Days float is out and about promoting the July 11-13, 2017, event at Ebert Enterprises in Kewaunee County.

Walworth County officially passed the torch on to the Kewaunee County crew when it delivered the semi-trailer full of signage to Randy and Renee Ebert's farm. Road signs are in place and will direct visitors to the 60-acre Tent City erected in a field near the Ebert's dairy farm just off Highway K.

On opening day all hours of planning will serve to promote not only Kewaunee County but the agricultural industry as well.

Karen Ebert Yancey contributed to this report.