Farm Talk

July 24, 2012

Farm and ranch families and more attend 38th Four State Farm Show


Parsons, Kansas — All the hard work of preparing and planning for the 38th Four State Farm Show paid off last weekend when thousands of visitors made their way through the Farm Show grounds Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

When it was all said and done and the curtain was closed on the 2012 show, Farm Show Manager, Ted Gum felt the show was a success.

“Our attendance, overall held together,” Gum said. “For the weather condition I thought we had good attendance.”

In addition to feeling like a good number of visitors came out for the weekend, Gum also was pleased with the positive comments about the show from the exhibitors.

“I heard numerous reports from different exhibitors of how good of a show it was for them,” he said. “But, one that sticks with me came from Eric Schnelle, president and co-owner of S&H Farm Supply in Lockwood, Missouri. Eric came to me and said even though it was hot out there, they sold the most equipment they ever had at the Four State Farm Show.”

According to Gum, a number of other exhibitors expressed the same feeling of it being a good show for them.

In addition to a number of happy exhibitors there were also a number of very happy visitors to this year’s Four State Farm Show.

Farm Talk held the first ever, $1,000 a day Shopping Spree Give-Away this year and all of the winners were very excited when their name was drawn.

The Shopping Spree winners could choose any of the Farm Show exhibitors to spend their money at.

This year’s winners of the $1,000 Shopping Spree were as follows:

•Friday, July 20, Gwen Scroggins from Washburn, Mo., chose to spend his money at Sea Minerals.

•Saturday, July 21, Donnie McCollum, Fall River, Kan., chose to spend his money at Portable Livestock Shelters.

•Sunday, July 22, D.H. Mitchell, Ark City, Kan. is still trying to decide where to spend his money.

Also new for 2012, Farm Talk sponsored a Hay Demonstration Give-Away where $500 was drawn for each day at the Hay Demonstration. The lucky winner of the Give-Away could use that money towards the purchase of parts, service or equipment at any of the exhibitors participating in the Hay Demonstration.

The $500 winners each day were as follows:

•Friday, July 20, David Garver, Humansville, Mo., chose to spend his money at S&H Farm Supply.

•Saturday, July 21, Michael Van Der Schaaf, Milo, Mo., chose to spend his money at Legacy Farm and Lawn.

•Sunday, July 22, Wesley Brooks, Rich Hill, Mo., chose to spend his money at R&R Equipment.

With a July show date there is no doubt it will be hot, however, a number of folks still took the opportunity to come out and visit with fellow show attendees as well as with exhibitors.

Just as one show wraps up it is time to get ready for the next one.

The Ozark Fall Farmfest is coming right up. The dates for that show, which is held at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, Mo., is set for October 5, 6 and 7.

Next year’s Four State Farm Show will be held July 19, 20 and 21.