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WIU Ag Mech Club's 40th Farm Expo Opens Feb. 27
February 18, 2010
MACOMB, IL -- Got cabin fever? Come out, get ready for the planting season soon to come and help celebrate agriculture in west central Illinois the last weekend of this month at the 40th Annual Farm Expo at Western Illinois University. The largest student-run farm show in the United States, the WIU Farm Expo will offer plenty to see and do, all inside WIU's warm and snow-free Western Hall. The exhibition is organized by the School of Agriculture's Ag Mechanization Club and is slated for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28 on the WIU campus in Macomb.
The two-day event will feature emerging ag technology, tractors and machinery, livestock equipment and supplies, crop supplies, as well as information about ag sales and service, conservation methods, ag structures and much more. McDonough District Hospital will offer blood-glucose screening, sun-damage screening and have cancer support services information available as well.
Darren Frye, CEO of Water Street Solutions, will deliver the keynote address at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. His presentation, according to WIU's Ag Mech Club President Billy Johnson (senior from Alexis, IL), will focus on maximizing farming operations' profits.
For the kids and crafters, a farm toy and craft show will also be held both days in the upper concourse of Western Hall. According to the 2010 Farm Expo website, many varieties of toy tractors, cars, trucks, scale models and crafts will be on display, and vendors from around the Midwest will be present.
The Ag Mech Club's 40th Annual Farm Expo is open free to the public, and free parking will be available in WIU's Q-Lot located on the east side of Western Hall.
For more information, contact WIU's School of Agriculture at (309) 298-1080 or the Ag Mech Club office at (309) 298-1231; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.wiufarmexpo.com.
Posted By: Teresa Koltzenburg, University Relations
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