Farm show Saturday
The Southeast Iowa Farm Show is ready for its third annual show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.
It is rapidly becoming one of the state's largest exhibitions of agriculture machinery, seed and technology, grain handling and more to assist in today's farming operations.
New this year is the confirmed appearance of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, who will meet and speak to attendees at 11:30 a.m. Northey will visit with attendees and vendors following his remarks.
Last year's show welcomed 50 vendors and many more guests throughout the day. Machinery will again line Main Street and new this year, Sweet ‘n Saucy will be providing chicken, pork, loose-meat and brisket sandwiches.
“Expectations are high for this year’s Southeast Iowa Farm Show,” said Tracy Hammes, show co-chair. “Coming off the heels of last year’s more than 800 attendees, new vendors this year and the appearance of Secretary Northey, this year’s show is going to be the best yet.”
Admission to the Farm Show continues to be free and all attendees receive the full-color Southeast Iowa Farm Show commemorative program and bag.
Northey, a fourth generation farmer from Spirit Lake, has served as Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture since 2006 and continues to travel to Iowa’s 99 counties discussing the future of agriculture with farmers and rural Iowans.
Northey has said his priorities are leading Iowa’s agriculture and advancing science and new technologies to better care for Iowa’s air, soil and water, and to reach out to Iowans to tell the story of agriculture.
An evening with Collin Raye in the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts will follow the farm show. The tradition continues of welcoming a country music national recording artist to the Sondheim stage the night of the show.
Kadie Dennison, the convention center’s marketing manager, said lunch will likely be served all afternoon and continue through the musical performance that night.
The farm show is a fundraiser for the convention center. Dennison said it’s a way for the center to give back to the farming community, and for the farming community to help the center, too.
“I think we will have more vendors this year than last year,” Dennison said. “A lot of the vendors give out fun prizes. It’s really kid-friendly since it teaches kids about farming.”
For more information on the farm show, contact the center’s event manager Olivia Hunter at 472-2000 ext. 105.