Campus Connection: Feb. 1, 2008 • Vol. 23 , No. 9

Largest Student-Run Farm Show, 38th Annual WIU Farm Expo, Feb. 9-10

The 38th Annual Farm Expo at Western Illinois University, the largest student-run farm show in the United States, will be held Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 9-10 in Western Hall on the WIU campus in Macomb.

The event, organized and conducted by WIU Agriculture Mechanization Club members and agriculture students, will feature emerging ag technology, farm tractors and machinery, livestock equipment and supplies, ag sales and service, conservation methods, crop supplies, ag structures, guest speakers and much more. More than 250 exhibitors will participate.

Robert Woerman from Land O’ Lakes Purina Feed will speak at the opening ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.

In addition to the expo, a farm toy and craft show will be held both days in the upper level of Western Hall, and a kiddie pedal-tractor pull will be held at noon Sunday, Feb. 10. Ribbons will be awarded to tractor pull winners in a variety of age categories. The McDonough County Child Advocacy Center will provide children’s identification and fingerprint packets, and McDonough District Hospital will also host booths featuring blood glucose screening and golf swing analysis. Agriculture Professor Tom Green’s urban forestry students will host a rope-climbing activity both days of the show.

Hours for the expo are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. Admission and parking are free.

For more information or to sponsor a booth, contact the WIU agriculture department at 309/298-1080, or the Ag Mech Club office at 309/298-1231 or visit www.wiufarmexpo.com.