Farm Talk

July 16, 2013

Final preparations being made for the 2013 Four State Farm Show

Danielle Beard

Parsons, Kansas — The days are getting longer and the sun is getting hotter. For many residents of the four state area, this signals one thing — Four State Farm Show time.

While the 39th annual Four State Farm Show in Pittsburg, Kansas is not set to open until Friday, July 19, setup for the big event began July 9.

“What’s always been unique to me about the Four State Farm Show is that it literally starts from a piece of agriculture land and transforms into a tent city and then back to open field in just two weeks,” said Farm Talk Newspaper’s Advertising Manager, Lance Markley.

The week leading up to the farm show the pasture used for the event is mowed, then Farm Talk employees along with those hired on to help set up the show, weedeat and clean up around and in all the buildings on the property.

Next, workers search the area to find flat discs attached to stakes buried in the ground, from there the stakes are pulled up and painted white. These stakes mark the perimeter of the show as well as the aisles between booths.

When all the stakes are visible, twine is strung between each stake connecting them. The twine is used to indicate the rows and aisles so each will be ready to paint.

Once the entire show is marked, lines are painted on the ground to signify each exhibitors booth space. Each booth is 25X25 feet.

After the grounds are ready, exhibitors and machinery start moving in. Each exhibitor is responsible for renting their own tents, which, Weiser Tent Service out of Monett, Missouri, sets up the week leading up to the farm show.

Machinery begins arriving the Monday before the event begins, and trickles in throughout the week.

Along with the arrival of machinery and beginning setup of exhibitors, the Four State Farm Show security crew also arrives. Security for the event consists of off-duty sheriff deputies from both Cherokee and Crawford Counties. On the Friday the show begins, security is joined by the Kansas Highway Patrol who work to safely direct traffic in and out of the farm show.

With the 20,000-25,000 people in attendance every year and the extreme July heat, ambulance services and a fire truck have to stay on location to ensure that any problem that might occur can be taken care of onsight.

Details such as these are just a few of the many that go into creating this annual show.

Markley explained, with the farm show, Farm Talk Newspaper has to build the entire event from the ground up. A job that takes a lot of thought, work and many months of planning.

“Everything from trash services, electric, concessions, to restrooms is all on Farm Talk,” he said.

This year, like so many years, the Four State Farm Show is sold out and has something to offer for just about everyone.

“This gathering brings agricultural businesses and agricultural producers together on a 25-acre show site for shopping, visiting and purchasing,” Ted Gum, Four State Farm Show coordinator, said.

As in year’s past, Four State Farm Show will feature over 700 booths displaying all the latest farm equipment, seed, feed, agri-chemicals, livestock equipment, farm buildings, grain and feed bins, tools, tires, trailers, ATVs, UTVs and so much more.

There are a number of things that go unchanged each year, including the show’s free parking and admission. However, this year, times of admission have been changed. The gates will open at 7:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. on Sunday and will close 3 p.m. all three days. This change will give those in attendance a better chance to beat the July heat.

Everyday during the show, there will be several events participants won’t want to miss out on. These events include:

Hay Demonstrations

Cattlemen and forage producers are given the unique opportunity to compare a wide range of big round balers, mowers, rakes and other bale handling equipment operating under field conditions at 1 p.m. each day.

Riding Mower Test

Driving Range

Try it out yourself. The Riding Lawn Mower Test Driving Range will be open all three days of the Farm Show giving area farm and ranch families the opportunity to check out a wide range of makes and models.

Farm Show Shopping Spree Give-Away

Four State Farm Show visitors will want to be sure to stop by the Farm Talk tent to subscribe to the paper and to sign up for the daily $1,000 Shopping Spree Give-Away. There will also be a Hay Demonstration Give-Away each day. Those in attendance at the Hay Demonstrations will have a chance to win $500 each day of the show to be used towards the purchase of equipment, parts or service from any of the participants in the Hay Demonstrations.

With all that is going to be available at this year’s Four State Farm Show it is definitely a “must attend” event so mark Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 19, 20 and 21 on those calendars.

Parking and admission are free and the show hours will run from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and  Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

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

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