Organizers call Colorado Farm Show a success
The Colorado Farm Show is intended to teach everyone about the importance of all types of agriculture in the community. Beef, Colorado produce, equine, dairy and hay and forage each have a day to stand out and be recognized. Next year the Colorado Farm Show will be Jan. 26-28 at Island Grove. For more information visit http://www.coloradofarmshow.com.
After three days of classes, exhibitions and visitors, the Colorado Farm Show at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, Colo., concluded Jan. 29 on a good note for organizers and vendors.
“Once again, it was just another outstanding year of classrooms and what’s trending in agriculture — what’s top of mind for the producer, farmer, rancher,” said Marketing Chairman Erich Ehrlich.
Between 30,000 and 35,000 people attended the farm show and there were 290 exhibitors, said Bill Stevens, farm show chairman.
Ehrlich said the farm show is meant to educate people about agriculture and to further educate those who already work in the agriculture field.
“There’s an opportunity for people who are not associated with agriculture to learn the importance of agriculture to what they do,” Ehrlich said. And for current farmers and producers, “the education classes are always spot on with what’s happening (in agriculture) in the state of Colorado.”
Ehrlich said he thinks people are more conscious of their food choices now than they were years ago.
“More people are aware of it because of the global economy that we live in,” he said.
He said people think about where their breakfast eggs and sausages come from now, and people try to buy local.
“It’s important to help people understand we have producers right here in our own backyard, in our own state, contributing and helping feed the world,” he said.
Stevens said he heard from vendors that they found more quality people this year than in the past.
“This year, a lot of people they talked to were serious about acquiring their product,” Stevens said.
And that was true for at least one vendor.
Greg Chenoweth, with Wickham Tractor, said he sold three units at the farm show alone, not to mention the connections he made.
“Usually we take them all home with us,” he said. “A lot of competitors’ customers were in our booth.”
Dave Davis, also with Wickham, said their Polaris all-terrain vehicles brought in a lot of the younger generation. Otherwise, he said he noticed a lot of older attendees.
Davis said they always look at the theme and plan their booth accordingly. This year, for the “Continuing the Tradition” theme, they had antique and current tractors for customers to check out. Wickham won the Big Booth Best Design award. Steve Fiscus with Dairy Specialist said Thursday was a little slower than he would have liked, but the rest of the days were normal.
“I think the weather is beautiful, and I think (people) are probably outside working,” he said.
Paul Hahn with PGS Hybrids said the show was great this year.
“It’s always a really good show,” he said. “It’s always good to interact with a bunch of customers we only get to see once a year.”
But the big tractors are really what draw people in, he said.
“The equipment is always new,” he said. “That’s what people come for.” ❖
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