2020 Western Farm Show to Offer Latest Technologies and Fun Family Attractions
Technologies and Fun Family Attractions
59th Annual Event Returns Feb. 21-23 to the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Jan. 2, 2020) — With hundreds of exhibits and acres of things to see and do, the 2020 Western Farm Show will once again provide a highly informative and entertaining experience for farm and ranch families from throughout the region.
The popular show, now in its 59th season, will be held Friday through Sunday, February 21-23, at the American Royal Complex in Kansas City, Missouri. Attendees can browse 400,000 square feet of exhibit space, all under one roof, to view aisles and aisles of new farm and ranch equipment, as well as wide-ranging displays of other agricultural products and services. New for 2020, a sampling of new products can be found by accessing the Attendees tab on the Western Farm Show website home page.
There’s plenty to see, learn and enjoy throughout the weekend for the entire family, according to Ken Dean, Western Farm Show manager. “Preparations are underway for another great show, with attractions for the whole family,” he said. “We’re proud that the Western Farm Show ranks among the top indoor farm shows in the Midwest.
We’re not just another big show, but really an ag event.”
While the Western Farm Show has a strong focus on new equipment and the latest technologies, there are also numerous other exhibits and demonstrations attendees won’t want to miss. One of the most popular is the Stockmanship and Stewardship Low-Stress Livestock Handling Demonstration, sponsored by MFA Incorporated, to be held at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Scott Pavilion adjacent to the American Royal.
The demonstrations are led by Ron Gill, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialist, who has been providing technical expertise to livestock producers in beef cattle nutrition, management and livestock handling techniques for over 23 years. Returning to the Western Farm Show for the 10th year, he will show ranchers how to incorporate the economic benefits of improved livestock handling through reduced sickness and labor and improved weight gains. “We’ve had ranchers see Dr. Gill’s demonstration and come back to the show the following year and tell us how they were able to begin applying the techniques in many cases by the very next day and see the benefits on their own operation,” Dean said. He noted that admission to the demonstrations is free to all Western Farm Show paid attendees. Another show favorite, the Health & Safety Roundup, will be open during regular show hours offering interactive and educational health and safety exhibits for all ages. Among the 10 participating agencies are the Missouri Farm Bureau, which coordinates the exhibit; the Missouri Highway Patrol; Missouri 4-H Shooting Sports for Kids; Kansas State Highway Patrol Rural Crimes Unit; Johnson County, Kansas TRACE Program; Protect the Harvest; and University of Missouri Extension.
Free health care screenings will include blood pressure and hearing tests, tetanus shots, vision screening, glaucoma testing and children’s eye screening (infants to six years). Cholesterol screenings will also be offered for a nominal fee.
Dean said another show tradition, the FFA Food Drive, will be held Friday, drawing an expected 3,000 FFA students from Missouri and Kansas. The food drive is part of the show’s FFA Day, of which American Family Insurance is the official sponsor. The 2020 FFA Food Drive will feature a new format. Instead of a single winning chapter with the highest number of nonperishable food items receiving a $500 prize, all participating chapters that collect at least 200 items will be entered into a drawing with other chapters from their state. One winning chapter will be drawn from both Missouri and Kansas, with each to receive a $1,000 check to be used to further their chapter’s ag educational activities.
‘We’re very excited to introduce this new format, which gives every qualified chapter a chance to win,” said Dean. “We think this will make the food drive more fun and competitive, as well as expand chapter participation and increase food collections to help combat food insecurity in our region.”
The food donations are given to Harvesters — The Community Food Network, a regional food bank serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas. During the past eight years, more than 34,000 pounds of food have been donated, enabling Harvesters to provide more than 28,000 meals for those in need.
Participating FFA students also have the opportunity to expand their agricultural knowledge by exploring the show’s exhibits and learning about ag career opportunities.
For attendees wanting to take a break from the trade show floor, a special area on the upper level of the American Royal is where the Family Living Center can be found. Attendees can shop here for clothing, crafts, food, and health and home décor products. “Attendees can relax and browse hundreds of items, everything from miniature toy tractors to pots and pans to scented candles,” Dean said.
The Western Farm Show is produced by the Western Equipment Dealers Association, which represents regional agricultural equipment dealers. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23. Adult tickets are $10 daily. Children ages 12 and under are free. A $3 off coupon is available by filling out a survey on the show’s website or visiting a participating dealer member of the Western Equipment Dealers Association. For more information, visit www.westernfarmshow.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WesternFarmShow and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WesternFarmShow.