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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 24, 2018

Residents turn out for farm show

By Jon Gilrain, Ledger Correspondent | Mar 05, 2018
Photo by: JON GILRAIN/Ledger photo Farm implements were parked outside the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Saturday for the 2018 Southeast Iowa Farm Show.

The Fairfield Arts & Convention Center hosted the 2018 Southeast Iowa Farm Show Saturday featuring 62 vendors serving the area’s ag industry.

Speaker and humorist Susie O also entertained attendees with her unique perspective and storytelling.

Vendors appearing at the show included area businesses, banks, and utilities all with something to offer southeast Iowa farmers. North Main Street in front of the convention center displayed large farm equipment as well as the educational trailer exhibit for the Iowa Corn Growers Association.

Attendee Margaret Savage was enthusiastic when asked what brought her to the show.

“Actually, I wanted to come out and listen to Susie O, and it was a fun talk,” she said. “I had invited a friend that I had gone to Washington County’s show with last year to listen to the speaker that was there, and I said, ‘Will you go with me to Fairfield?’ and she said sure!”

Susie Oberdahlhoff, aka Susie O, delivered her talk titled “Kids, Crops, Sows and Cows; Life Happens - Learn to Bounce,” a humorous and motivational story about Susie’s introduction to farm life as a young wife and mother.

Jim Adam and his son-in-law Kurt Stuecker of Hog Haven Agri Sales in Fairfield were on hand to explain their company’s expertise with grain handling, drying and storage although some of the most excited visitors to his booth were children fascinated by a diorama featuring 3D miniatures of his products and model train.

Colleen Matson of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office in Fairfield spent her day talking about the many activites offered locally including 4-H, youth programs and the Master Gardeners.

“It’s a fun, fun thing to get into,” Matson said. “They have a course they go through of about eight weeks to become a master gardener and they learn all the aspects through books and coursework. Then they have to do a certain number of hours. So they always dedicate their time to doing gardening around town and volunteering because they’re trying to make the hours needed to complete the program.”

Access Energy’s booth was all about selling safety to both adults and kids. The “Move Over - Slow Down” message is a key initiative for the company which brings awareness to drivers of the precarious safety situation when passing utility trucks and workers on the road.

The messaging aims to increase awareness of an Iowa law requiring vehicles to change lanes or slow down when approaching a stationary emergency, tow or maintenance vehicle that has its flashing lights activated.

“You know, linemen are seeing a lot of people that are not moving over or slowing down when they’re working 50 feet in the air in a bucket. The last thing they need is to worry about someone hitting their truck because you’re not getting over,” said Kimberly Davis, a representative for the company. “We also have a safety demonstration here that shows people how to stay safe on the farm.”

The demonstration, given by staff member Don Roach and typically shown at elementary schools along with a 45 minute presentation, involves a metal diorama of a farm scene with a tractor and a downed power line draped over it, a wire figure of a person and live power lines. When the figure touches the tractor, it lights up dramatically with live electricity simulating a potentially fatal shock.

The 2018 farm show, the fourth installment of the event, is set to return again next year on the first Saturday in March.


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