Visitors at the 2018 Four State Farm Show should notice a few changes as they browse the “Mall of Agriculture.” Although old favorites like the hay demonstrations and lawn mower test driving range are returning, several new features have been added.

 “We’re working to do more this year to help spectators enjoy the show,” said Lance Markley, Four State Farm Show coordinator and Farm Talk Newspaper publisher. “For the first time, golf cart rentals will be available to the general public.” The cart vendor will be located in a tent northeast of the show’s center entrance.

“Another first will be the addition of a cooling tent on the show’s southwest corner,” Markley continued, adding the rest area will be near a concession stand and have tables, chairs and electric fans so spectators can take a break from the heat. “It’s the perfect opportunity to get rejuvenated and then continue through the show.”

On the northern end of the show, visitors can still cool off in the Farm Talk tent where there will be fans, chairs and ice water available or in the tent just north of the Farm Talk tent where there are tables and chairs for those who’d like to enjoy their purchases from the center concession stand.

Daily drone demonstrations also will debut at the 44th edition of the Farm Show. Michael Sneed with Forum Drone Services will fly an AgEagle fixed wing drone, manufactured in Neodesha, Kansas. The demonstrations will be held at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

The all-wheel drive, amphibious Argo demonstrations by Castagno Oil and Trailer Sales will take place each day at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the pond near the Morton Building.

Water well-drilling demonstrations by Double J Energy will be at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. near the silo on the south ends of the showgrounds. Trailers will begin loading at the Morton Building at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to transport interested visitors to the demonstration.

Daily hay demonstrations will be held at 1 p.m. in the hay field south of the show. Area implement dealers will have mowers, rakes, balers and bale-handling equipment in action for visitors to see.  Visitors can catch a ride at the Morton Building at 12:30 p.m. to the hay field.

While at the hay demonstrations, visitors can enter to win the $500 Shopping Spree. Visitors must be 18 years old or older and must be present to win. The $500 Shopping Spree can be spent with any hay demonstration exhibitor.

If the $500 Shopping Spree isn’t enough to entice you, 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 do not 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 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 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 like the “Four State Farm Show” page on Facebook. Let us know if you’re attending the Farm Show on social media with #FourStateFarmShow.