In May 1975, the movie “Jaws” was a month from hitting theaters, corn prices were higher than minimum wage, calf prices were $29.10 per hundredweight, the Vietnam War had just ended, and the first Four State Farm Show was held at the National Guard Armory in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Forty-five years later, the small show with about 60 exhibits has grown to over 700 booths on a 300-acre farm near Pittsburg but the main goal remains the same: To bring agricultural producers and agribusinesses together in one location.
“I believe the changes at the Four State Farm Show over the last 45 years have mirrored the changes in agriculture,” said Lance Markley, Four State Farm Show coordinator and Farm Talk Newspaper publisher. “It remains the area’s best venue to see the very latest in agricultural technology, products and services.
“The earlier show days should make for more pleasant temperatures as visitors view the exhibits,” he added.
The popular golf cart rentals, which premiered last year, will return for visitors’ comfort and convenience.
The Four State Farm Show isn’t just a “Mall of Agriculture” — it also offers live-action demonstrations.
AGL Drone Solutions and AV8 Droneworx will demonstrate drones and their uses in agriculture at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. each day of the show. Double J Energy will return again this year with water well-drilling demonstrations at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Castagno Oil Co. & Trailer Sales will showcase the features of the Argo XTV at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. each day at the pond.
Altoz, Cub Cadet, Exmark, Ferris, Grasshopper, John Deere, Kubota and Snapper mowers from retailers around the Four States will be available at the Lawn Mower Test-Driving Range for adults 18 and older.
Visitors can enter to win the $1,000 Shopping Spree at the Farm Talk tent. To enter, you must be 18 years old or older but you don’t have to be present to win. Also in the Farm Talk tent, younger Farm Show visitors can enter to win the $25 Kid’s Drawing.
While at the Farm Talk tent, you can subscribe or renew your subscription to Farm Talk and get your choice of a cattle prod, grocery tote, hat, mug, calculator or rain gauge.
Parking and admission are free. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
The Four State Farm Show is located south of Pittsburg, one-half mile east of the junction of Highways 400, 69 and K-171.
The Four State Farm Show is sponsored by Farm Talk Newspaper. For more information, call 1-800-356-8255 or visit FourStateFarmShow.com. Let us know if you’re attending the Farm Show on social media with #FourStateFarmShow.