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WIU Ag Mech Show Feb. 9-10 in Western Hall

January 24, 2019

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MACOMB, IL — The 2019 Agriculture Mechanization (Ag Mech) Club at Western Illinois University will host its 49th annual Farm Expo Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 9-10 at Western Hall.

Admission to the expo is open free to the public from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m-4 p.m. Sunday. Free parking for the event is located in Q-lot, adjacent to Western Hall.

This annual event is known to be the biggest student-run agriculture show in the country with over 150 vendors registered. New this year is an expanded kids corner with complimentary balloon artist, face painter and caricature artist.

"One of the highlights of the show is seeing our alumni come back to enjoy the show with their families," said Ag Mech Club Co-Advisor Jana Knupp. "We look forward to seeing everyone this year, as well as next year for the 50th WIU Ag Mech Farm Expo."

Knupp said some notable benefits of the annual event include the opportunity for face-to-face customer relations.

"This show gives a unique opportunity to foster those ongoing business relationships and develop new ones as well," she added.

With alumni making the trip back to campus, and the large number of vendors attending this event, WIU agriculture students are provided with countless networking opportunities.

The expo will once again include "Tot-Rod Pedal Pulls," beginning at noon Sunday, along with displays of farm tractors and machinery, ag sales and service companies, ag management companies, emerging ag technology, livestock supplies, crop supplies, conservation and ag structures. The second floor of the show will feature a farm toy show and crafts.

"We hope all of our alumni and friends will join us at Buffalo Wild Wings on Saturday evening for a WIU Aggies event," added Knupp. "We will have appetizers, sponsored by McDonough Telephone Cooperative, a cash bar and great company. The event runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m."

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