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Landmark event set for Farm Progress Show's 50th anniversary     Send a link to a friend

[AUG. 18, 2003]  HENNING -- The 2003 Farm Progress Show, scheduled for Sept. 23-25 near Henning, will be the 50th anniversary show. It features a spectacular lineup of new features, including an expanded exhibit area, field and livestock demonstrations with new events, and country music concerts by top-notch artists.

The show known as the "Super Bowl of Agriculture" returns to a Vermilion County site, approximately five miles from the Earl Bass farm, the site of the first show. The golden anniversary event unites the area's Peter Gernand and Scott Clark families' farm operations to host what is expected to be among the most memorable Farm Progress Shows ever. A combined 1,800 acres from these two farming operations offer an exceptional showcase for the massive exhibit field, field demonstrations and open-air concert arena.

This annual show is set to host hundreds of exhibitors displaying new farm equipment, tractors, combines, seed and crop protection products, and many other production items. Ag manufacturers and suppliers from across the country and around the world are set to participate. This year's show features added focus on the latest agricultural high-tech equipment, including computer-controlled guidance systems, satellite imagery, GPS-based management systems and a long list of state-of-the-art information and technology available for today's farms.

Field demonstrations are a show mainstay and include side-by-side equipment, tractor and combine performance comparisons on the more than 800 crop acres available for corn and soybean harvesting, tillage and tiling demonstrations and -- new this year -- high-tech equipment demonstrations and hands-on learning sessions. Demonstrations run 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. each show day.

Live cattle-handling demonstrations include the newest cattle chutes, equipment, animal health products and work techniques and are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. each show day. The Young Pro Ropers and Farm Progress' own "horse whisperer," Craig Cameron, also perform daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


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Family entertainment is featured throughout the day in the Farm and Fireside tent, with speakers, demonstrators and entertainers. Presenters include horticulturist Tom Cummins from The Apple House, Terre Haute, Ind.; Joanna Lund with her healthy cooking demonstrations modeled from her Iowa Public Television series; comedians Beck and Robertson; and others. There will be special appearances by Captain Stubby on Tuesday and Wednesday, and this is his 50th show too!

The Crafts Tent is a favorite shopping stop for home decorations, clothing, novelties, collectibles, art and other craft items. Hearty meals, tasty treats and refreshments are available at the show.

Morton Buildings, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, is building a special stage for two country music concerts adjacent to the show site's northwest corner. Excitement is already brewing for this new show facet. Country music star Brad Paisley performs Tuesday, Sept. 23, and 2000 CMA Duo of the Year Montgomery Gentry is set for Wednesday, Sept. 24. Concerts are open-air, general admission with lawn seating and take place after the farm show closes at 5 p.m.

The show site is located three miles north of Henning, and Henning is approximately 15 miles north of Danville. (See map.) Show admission is $7 for adults, $3 for ages 13-17, and ages 12 and under are admitted free. Parking is free. Montgomery Gentry and Brad Paisley concert tickets are $12 for each evening's concert. Discounted advance show and concert tickets are available from Big R stores and First National Bank of Danville, by calling (866) 279-7469 toll-free, or online.

The show exhibit field is open to visitors from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The public is welcome to the show and concerts.

The show is hosted by Prairie Farmer and Indiana Prairie Farmer magazines.

For additional information visit www.FarmProgressShow.com.

[News release]

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