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Farm Progress Show expands

Published: Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 4:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 1:51 p.m. CDT

DECATUR — The 2013 Farm Progress Show once again introduces an expanded show site for its Decatur permanent facility. A new street has been added as well as an annex to accommodate exhibitors’ requests for exhibit space. This year’s Farm Progress Show is set for Aug. 27, 28 and 29.

In 2012, the Farm Progress Show needed to expand the Boone, Iowa, site, also due to the increased demand for exhibit space at this prime show. Demand for space has once again spurred show organizers to expand exhibit space, this time at the Decatur site.

Growth projections exceeded

“When the Farm Progress Show sites were built in Decatur and Boone, they were built to accommodate the largest show usage in recent times,” said Matt Jungmann, national events manager. “Before the 2011 show, we added Eleventh Street to meet the demand for space. This year, it became clear that extra space was needed to accommodate all the requests by exhibitors, and the investment would need to be made to accommodate those requests.”

Largest outdoor farm show

The Farm Progress Show grounds have grown from 10 streets to 12 over the last eight years the show has been in Decatur. This year’s demand for exhibit space results in the creation of an annex exhibit area in the west parking lot, as well as adding the Twelfth Progress Street within the exhibit field. This expansion equates to 3.647 million square feet of exhibit space, a 6 percent increase since 2011.

More for visitors

The extra expansion area referred to as the “Annex,” located outside of Gate 1 in the west parking lot, has an excess of 60 new companies exhibiting. There will be a mix of outside lots and a tent with booths inside. These exhibitors span the ag spectrum and include companies like Polaris, Roto-Mix, Merschmann Seeds, Husqvarna and many more. This year’s show has even more for visitors to see. With the completion of Twelfth Progress Street and the addition of the Annex, the Farm Progress Show will host more than 600 companies, almost 100 more exhibitors than in previous years.

Don't miss this year's events

Mark your calendar for the 60th annual Farm Progress Show and, after you learn about the latest in ag technology, make your way to the fairgrounds for the third annual Great Lakes Hybrids Farm Progress Show Shootout Tractor Pull or take in the country music concert headlined by Chris Cagle. The exhibit field is open to visitors from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for ages 13-17 and free for ages 12 and under. Discounted advance adult admission tickets are available now on the show's website. For a full schedule of events and more detailed information, visit www.FarmProgressShow.com.

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