by 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 38th annual Four State Farm Show in Pittsburg, Kansas is not set to open until Friday, July 20, setup for the big event began July 10.
“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. Once 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 and there are a total of 700 booths.
Once the grounds are completely ready, exhibitors and machinery start moving in. Each exhibitor is responsible for renting their own tents, and then Weiser Tent Service out of Monett, Missouri, sets them up the week leading up to the farm show.
Machinery starts showing up on the Monday before the event begins and trickles in throughout the week, usually beginning with the larger machinery first.
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.
“Everything from trash services, electric, concessions, to restrooms is all on Farm Talk,” he said.
Markley explained, with the farm show, Farm Talk Newspaper has to build the entire event from the ground up and it’s a job that takes a lot of thought, work and many months of planning.
Once the set-up is complete the tents are put up and the machinery starts filling the booth spaces.
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 of agriculture 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.
The 2012 edition of the Four State Farm Show will once again 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 fact that the show features free parking and free admission. However, this year, one of the additions Farm Talk has added are the daily Shopping Spree drawings.
This year, everyone attending the show can stop by the Farm Talk tent and sign up for a daily $1,000 drawing. That money can then be spent at any of the exhibitors in the show. The $1,000 drawing will be held each day of the show.
That’s not the only opportunity for those at the show to prosper though. Farm Talk will also be holding a $500 daily drawing at the Hay Demonstrations.
“We are going to give away $500 each day to one lucky drawing winner who is present at the Hay Demonstration,” Gum said. “They can then use that $500 towards the purchase of parts, equipment or service at any of the Hay Demonstration participants.”
With all that is going to be available at this year’s Four State Farm Show it is definitely a “must attend” event so be sure and mark Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 20, 21 and 22 on those calendars.
Parking and admission are free and the show hours will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
More information on demonstrations at the upcoming Four State Farm Show include:
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.
Ag Health Alert
During the Four State Farm Show the Lower Eight Public Health Departments of Southeast Kansas—which consist of Chautauqua, Cherokee, Crawford, Elk, Lanette, Montgomery, Neosho and Wilson Counties—ask that you stop by their booth located by the Pittsburg Convention Bureau’s booth and complete an anonymous survey. Since the entire Southeast Kansas area has low rankings for health outcomes and behaviors, the results of the survey will help the Lower Eight decide what they can do to make the community healthier, and anyone who completes the survey will walk away with a free gift.
Also during the farm show, Ag Health Alert from Mercy Hospital—located in Ft. Scott, Kan., Independence, Kan., Columbus Kan., Joplin, Mo., and Carthage, Mo.,—will be passing out sunscreen and ice cold towels.
Returning again this year will be Wellness on Wheels on Friday provided by Via Christi. Saturday free skin screenings will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunscreen will be provided as well as health and safety information on tick bites, sun and heat exposure, and skin cancer.
Antique Farm Equipment
The Brush Creek Antique Tractor Club and Kansas Chapter #3 of the International Harvester Collectors will give Farm Show visitors a look back at the past with their display of vintage farm machinery.
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.
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.