By Frank J. Buchman
The 2016 Topeka Farm Show will celebrate its 27th anniversary, January 5-6-7, at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, announced Steve Guenther from Tradexpos, event coordinator, Austin, Minnesota.
“Our first show was in 1989, and we’ve grown to the use of three buildings, more than 485 exhibiting companies, 725 displays and many added attractions,” Guenther said.
“Free parking, free admission, free health care programs and events for the entire family make this show one of a kind attracting more than 34,000 attendees each year,” he continued.
A primary focus of the Topeka Farm Show has been to bring attendees who have a full-time stake in agriculture to meet and visit with exhibiting companies. This has been accomplished in a high degree as each year booth space is sold out with numerous companies on the waiting list, according to the show official.
Again, 580 WIBW will be a major sponsor of the Topeka Farm Show, as it has since the first year. Farm programming directors Kelly Lenz and Greg Akagi will be “live” each day at the show.
“Attendees can get the latest information daily on the show by dialing to 580 on their radios,” Lenz pointed out.
A drawing is planned for giveaway of Midland Soybean seed, enough to plant 50 acres, for those who register at the Tradexpos information booth or the Midland Seeds display. Everybody at the show can sign-up, and the winner, who will be announced Thursday midafternoon, does not need to be present.
The Shawnee/Osage County Health Agency, located in the Exhibition Hall Atrium, will have free health screening checks, well water nitrate testing, complimentary hearing tests and a drawing for protective ear muffs.
Blood donations are being requested by the Community Blood Center on Wednesday afternoon and evening, and Thursday, mid-day, in the south end of the Landon Arena. Also in Landon Arena, the Topeka Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) plans a Support Your Freedom raffle.
Horse training clinics have been scheduled twice each day by Scott Daily in Domer Arena, with no charge for attendance. All types of livestock equipment are to be on display for sale at Domer Arena throughout the show.
Annual convention of the Kansas Soybean Commission is again scheduled in conjunction with the Topeka Farm Show all day Wednesday, Jan. 6.
Show hours are Tuesday, Jan. 5, 9 o’clock, to 5 o’clock; Wednesday, Jan. 6, 9 to 8 o’clock; and Thursday, Jan 7, 9 to 4 o’clock.
“The Topeka Farm Show continues each year to recognize the needs of the exhibitors and attendees and expands its format to include those needs. Save the dates for next year’s show January 10, 11, 12, 2017,” Guenther encouraged.
Additional information is available at www.tradexpos.com.