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View from the Cab: Show of all shows

(CIFN file photo)

The farm show of all farm shows is just over two months away.

Boone, Iowa is the location for this year’s 65th annual Farm Progress Show which runs Aug. 28-30. This location alternates with Decatur, Illinois every other year. I have never been to the Boone show but wouldn’t mind checking it out if I can get away for the road trip. It typically takes multiple days to see everything you want to in the massive outdoor exhibit area.

A Farm Progress Show app is available for download for your Android or iPhone device. This allows instant access to show information including a search for exhibitors and show map. The app is free if you look for “Farm Progress Show 2018” in the app store. An online show planner can be utilized to optimize your trip to Iowa. According to the folks at Farm Progress, creating the planner is “quick, simple and best of all, it’s free.”

One of the fairly new Farm Progress Show attractions includes Syngenta Square – which offers cold drinks and live music. What else could a farmer want? Iowa Craft Brewers will be there along with local musician Brian Congdon, allowing visitors to relax and have a little fun during the festivities.

Farm Progress Show staples Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong return to the event with The Noon Show sponsored by ADM as they chat with notable guests. Bryce Knorr of Farm Futures will present his market outlook each morning during the show as well.

This message appears when you visit the Farm Progress Show site at “This is where producers from all over gather, meet, and learn. This is where major manufacturers choose to roll out their newest offerings. This is where Ag families take a break from their daily routine to immerse themselves in the wider Ag community. This is where tradition and business have come together for 65 years. This is where we celebrate agriculture.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. If you have never been, give it a try. Just bring plenty of water along and some good walking shoes. Many folks bring golf carts these days, which can make it tough to navigate roads during peak hours but it is a bit easier than walking all of the roads on foot.

(The View from the Cab blog is powered each week by Petersen Motors in Fairbury)

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