KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Western Farm Show, well-known for its huge displays of the latest agricultural equipment and other services for farmers and ranchers, is now in its 55th season. The event includes many popular, family-oriented exhibits and attractions.
The 2016 Western Farm Show will occur Feb. 26-28 at the American Royal Complex in Kansas City, Mo., with more than 500 exhibitors and over 400,000 square feet of floor space, all under one roof.
The Health & Safety Roundup, located on the American Royal upper level, features interactive health and safety exhibits, including free blood pressure, hearing and other health screenings. Law enforcement exhibits include: the Missouri Highway Patrol and its Rural Crimes Investigation Unit; the Kansas Highway Patrol, which will discuss highway movement of equipment, load and sizes; and the TRACE (Theft Reports of Agricultural and Construction Equipment) program of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department. There will also be University of Missouri Extension farm safety displays and a University of Central Missouri Emergency Response exhibit.
“In addition to these exhibits, families really enjoy our relaxed, friendly atmosphere,” said Diane Olson, promotion and education director for the Missouri Farm Bureau, which coordinates the Health & Safety Roundup. “There are also fun activities for children, including puzzles and coloring.”
Olson said one new addition to the Health & Safety Roundup will be P.H.A.R.M. (Pets Helping Agriculture in Rural Missouri) Dog USA, a nonprofit organization that places dogs with farmers and farm family members with disabilities, to help make their lives easier.
Next to the Health & Safety Roundup will be the Family Living Center, reserved for cash-and-carry sales of products or services with only an ancillary connection to agriculture. Items such as clothing, crafts, food products, health and home décor are displayed in this area.
Also, the Taste of Home Cooking Show returns for the 2016 Western Farm Show. The one-hour demonstration is at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the Wagstaff Theater, which can hold 500 attendees. The event is sponsored by American Family Insurance, whose agents will distribute tickets to their customers before the Farm Show, as well as to show attendees who visit their booth in the central hallway.
Other Western Farm Show highlights include:
• The Championship Tractor Pull, with Doug Roberts and the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pulling Association, Friday and Saturday nights, Feb. 26-27, at Kemper Arena, adjacent to the American Royal.
• FFA Day, on Friday, Feb. 26, when about 3,000 FFA students from Missouri and Kansas will take part in the Food Drive “Border War,” with collections donated to the Harvesters Community Food Network serving western Missouri and eastern Kansas. FFA students also can learn about educational and career opportunities in agriculture.
• The Low-Stress Livestock Handling Demonstration, sponsored by MFA Incorporated, at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, in the Scott Pavilion adjacent to the American Royal Complex.
The Western Farm Show is managed by the Western Equipment Dealers Association, formerly the SouthWestern Association. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Adult admission is $8 and free for children 12 and under. All attractions are free to show attendees, except for the Championship Tractor Pull, which has a separate admission.
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