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May 21, 2014

Four State Farm Show set for 40th year

Parsons, Kansas — For 39 years, the Four State Farm Show has brought agricultural producers and agribusinesses together, and the 40th Show aims to do it again.

Those interested in agricultural technology and agribusiness should make plans to visit the area’s premier agricultural event on July 18, 19 and 20.

“People keep coming back because companies always have something new each year,” says Ted Gum, Four State Farm Show coordinator and Farm Talk Newspaper publisher. “The Four State Farm Show is the place to see virtually anything new in agriculture.”

A new feature at this year’s Show will be a water well drilling demonstrations given by Double J Energy LLC.

“The drilling rig will be located east of the hay demonstration field,” Gum says. “We will have a tour trailer to take people back there at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and after the hay demonstrations.”

Other Show features include hay demonstrations at 1 p.m. each day and a lawn mower test driving range where interested buyers can actually operate new mowers.

“It allows people to see equipment at work,” Gum explains. “It’s a hands-on experience. Also at the show, you get to see some equipment you wouldn’t see at a dealership.”

In addition to the hands-on element of the Show and great deals offered by exhibitors, visitors also can enter to win the Four State Farm Show Shopping Spree.

“We’ll give away $1,000 a day at the Farm Talk booth and $500 each day at the hay demonstrations,” he explains. “You must be present at the hay demonstration to win.”

These Farm Show Dollars must be used for purchases with Four State Farm Show exhibitors.

The Show has become a “Mall of Agriculture.” It has grown over the past 40 years to nearly 700 booths that cover over 25 acres.

“We had an idea to bring people together,” Gum recalls. “We needed an event geared to agricultural producers and agribusinesses.”

The first Four State Farm Show was held at the National Guard Armory in Pittsburg, Kan., and featured roughly 60 indoor exhibits and 25 outdoor exhibits. Its biggest problem was that it outgrew several venues over the next 10 years.

The Show moved to the Miami Civic Center in Miami, Okla., from 1976 to 1979. It then moved to Parsons, Kan., in 1980. Once again the Show was held in Pittsburg from 1981 to 1982 before moving back to Parsons in 1983.

Finally, the Show found a permanent home in 1984 on a 300-acre farm south of Pittsburg where it moved from an indoor show to an outdoor format.

“We saw other shows in Iowa and Illinois that were outside and decided we could do it if they could,” Gum recalls.

The event also had to move from spring to mid-July due to the weather and farmers’ schedules.

“We tried to schedule it after the wheat harvest and double-crop beans had been planted,” Gum says. “That was around July 15, and we’ve tried to maintain that same time frame each year.”

“Our goal was to bring farmers and ranchers of the area together with people they’d like to do business with,” he adds. “It has done that over the years.”

According to Gum, businesses interested in exhibiting at the Four State Farm Show should contact Farm Talk Newspaper. The event is expected to sell out soon.

“At this point, all our electric booths are reserved,” Gum says. “We have a handful of non-electric booths still available.

“We’re about to have a full house again for 2014,” he adds.

So mark your calendars, the 2014 Four State Farm Show will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 18, 19 and 20. As always, parking and admission are free.

Show hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The Four State Farm Show grounds are located south of Pittsburg, Kan., to the junction of Highways 400, 69 and K-171, then 1/2 mile east.

The Four State Farm Show is sponsored by Farm Talk Newspaper. For more information, call 620-421-9450.

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