KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Whether it’s shiny new equipment, livestock demonstrations or the roar of a tractor pull, the 2016 Western Farm Show will once again offer a wide array of products and entertaining attractions for farming and ranching families from throughout the Midwest.
The popular event returns Feb. 26-28 to the American Royal Complex in Kansas City, Mo. Now in its 55th year, the show will feature over 500 exhibitors and more than 400,000 square feet of floor space, all under one roof. Exhibited will be the latest farm and ranch equipment, farm structures, crop production products, ag services and much more among aisles and aisles of displays.
“The Western Farm Show not only introduces farmers and ranchers to our industry’s newest products and technologies, but also provides other attractions that are both fun and informative,” said Ken Dean, show manager. “We’re very proud to continue that tradition in 2016 as we mark the show’s 55th consecutive year.”
Highlights of the 2016 Western Farm Show will include:
• The Championship Tractor Pull, with Doug Roberts and the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pulling Association. One of the nation’s top indoor tractor pulls, the competition is expected to draw 120 drivers and vehicles from throughout the Midwest with over $62,000 in prize money at stake. The event will be held Friday and Saturday nights, Feb. 26-27, at Kemper Arena, adjacent to the American Royal.
• The Taste of Home Cooking School one-hour cooking class at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the Wagstaff Theater. Sponsored by American Family Insurance, it is an entertaining, step-by-step audience participation program, presented by professionally trained culinary specialists demonstrating recipes, cooking techniques, practical kitchen tips and simple plating ideas.
• 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 demonstrations, led by Ron Gill, Ph.D., Texas AgriLife Extension Specialist, focus on improving the well-being of beef and dairy cattle, as well as their handlers, through humane animal care.
• The Health & Safety Roundup, featuring interactive and educational health and safety exhibits, including free blood pressure and hearing tests, vision screening, including glaucoma, tetanus shots and, for a nominal fee, cholesterol screening. This exhibit will once again be coordinated by the Missouri Farm Bureau.
• FFA Day, on Friday, Feb. 26, when an expected 3,000 FFA students from Missouri and Kansas will participate in the annual Food Drive “Border War” with collections to be donated to Harvesters Community Food Network serving western Missouri and eastern Kansas. FFA students also have the opportunity to learn about educational and career opportunities in agriculture to keep farming strong in the future.
• The Family Living Center, a special area of the show offering clothing, crafts, food, health and home décor products.
The Western Farm Show is owned and managed by the Western Equipment Dealers Association, formerly the SouthWestern Association. Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, and from 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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