With harvesting wrapped up, many farmers and their families made their way to The Buffalo County Fairgrounds to check out the latest in the agricultural world. The 43rd annual Gateway Farm Show in Kearney, Neb., featured many returning vendors as well as many first-timers which resulted in a full house of vendors spanning all three sections of the building including several parking lot displays.
Robert Klingelhoefer and his family have been vendors at the expo for the last six years but in business since 1970. Klingelhoefer Well Drilling is based out of Amherst, Neb., and with experience in eight states. “We’re a water-well-drilling and pump repairing company, irrigation wells, house wells, irrigation pumps, about any kind of pump we will work on,” said Klingelhoefer. When asked what brought him to the event, he said, “A few years ago things slowed down a little bit and this seemed like a way to generate some more work. We have kept at it because it is always interesting and it is fun.” The family went on to explain that they enjoy meeting new people and learning about different things at the expo. “We travel anywhere. We’ve been to Salt Lake City, Idaho, Kansas, along with just about anywhere in Nebraska. We’ll look at any job,” concluded Klingelhoefer.
One new comer to the event was Dennis Grieve. He was demonstrating his new innovative product the Air Filter Blaster. Grieve explained, “The Air Filter Blaster is a method for air filter cleaning to reduce filter replacement and fuel usage on motorized equipment.” When asked what brought him to the event he said, “Gateway just seemed like a good show and I heard good things about it so that’s why we choose to come to Kearney all the way from Boise, Idaho.” He went on to state that the event had provided “good accommodations and everyone has been super nice, very hospitable.” The company has only been in business since the beginning of the year but since its inception they have won several awards and Grieve reports that, “Business is booming.” When asked if the company would return again, he said, “Absolutely!” More information about the product is available on the company website www.AirFilterBlaster.com.
Those in attendance were treated to free lunch and entertainment on both days. As a barbeque lunch was served, those eating were entertained by singer/guitarist Reggie Shaw. Shaw is a Nebraska native from Overton who recently released an album in March of 2012, “Living In The Fast Lane.” The artist kept the audience tapping their feet along with classic country songs from Johnny Cash and George Straight. While he enjoyed taking songs from the audience, Shaw was especially thrilled when songs from his current album were requested. A free iTunes download of his single “Someone I Can’t Live Without” is available through his personal website www.ReggieShaw.com for any fans.
Another barbeque lunch free to the public brought in an even larger crowd the second day. While eating in the pavilion, guests were treated to the styling’s of Cowboy Poet R.P. Smith. The entertainer hails from Broken Bow, Neb., on his Pine Crest Ranch. Smith entertained the crowd with a mix of poetry, jokes and personal stories that got them laughing and cheering. Fans can visit www.RPSmith.us for more work from the author.
With booths selling out this year, Nebraskans can expect another vendor-filled event for years to come. ❖