McCook Farm & Ranch Expo a success
Exhibitors and attendees were pleased with the McCook Farm & Ranch Expo which took place Nov. 18 and 19 at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds in three buildings, pavilion, and a walkway of larger exhibits.
"We had 302 exhibitors from 20 states, Australia and Canada and had great response for the show being in its second year and we are looking forward to it being even bigger and better in the years to come." says Darren Dale, expo manager.
Attendees represented approximately 1.45 million acres of agricultural property, including 119,000 crop acres and more than 1.3 million livestock acres, which produce some 112,763 head of cattle, organizers said. They added that, along with attendees from Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Texas, Oklahoma and other parts of the U.S., there also were visitors from Canada, Australia.
Exhibitions included state-of-the-art technology in farming and ranching equipment, including tractors, sprayers, and combines, as well as global positioning systems and new cattle management tools and technologies. There also were numerous booths and exhibits of farm, ranch, dairy suppliers, lending agencies, insurance agencies, art galleries and home furnishing companies.
"McCook is a prime location for such a show because it is centrally located in the Tri-State area and has one of the largest climate controlled agricultural facilities in the area."
The pig racing also drew a nice crowd and was a hit with not only the kids but adults alike. The pigs were sponsored by Wells Fargo and Vap Construction.
Dale added that the exhibitors lauded the "quality of attendee" at the show, which paid huge dividends to the vendors. "(The vendors) told us the attendees they spoke to were serious about buying supplies and equipment for their operations."
He added the dates for next year's show had already been set as Nov. 17 and 18, 2010 with more exciting entertainment lined up. Visit the website www.mccookfarmandranchexpo.net or give them a call to exhibit 866-685-0989.
Corporate sponsors of the show included SW Implement (McCook, Oberlin and North Platte), Hometown Family Radio, and The American Hat Company in Bowie, Texas.