2011 Farm Progress Show Adds Country Music Star Rodney Atkins Concert

Massey Ferguson, the 'official tractor' of Rodney Atkins for 2011, and the 2011 Farm Progress Show are proud to jointly announce his Aug. 31 performance in Decatur, Ill.

Published on: Jun 8, 2011

Rodney Atkins is slated to take center stage for a live country music concert on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the 2011 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill.

"We are excited to have Rodney Atkins performing at the 2011 Farm Progress Show to conclude the show's second day," states Don Tourte, vice president, shows and events, at Farm Progress Companies, St. Charles, Ill. "Rodney has established himself as one of country music's biggest talents, and his performance marks another milestone for the show. The concert, which we are presenting in conjunction with Richland Community College, is sure to bring greater enthusiasm to the event and attract an even larger crowd this year."

The 58th annual Farm Progress Show will be held Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1 at its permanent biennial location in Decatur, Ill. The show is recognized as the nation's largest outdoor farm show, featuring the most extensive state-of-the-art information and technology available for today's agricultural producers. The country's top agribusinesses, plus many regional and local manufacturers and suppliers, are exhibitors.

During a media event announcing the concert this week, Beau Hanger, director of Outdoor Exposition and Special Events at Richland Community College, discussed the Rodney Atkins concert. Looking on are Gayle Saunders, Richland president, and Dale Colee, Richland board chair.
During a media event announcing the concert this week, Beau Hanger, director of Outdoor Exposition and Special Events at Richland Community College, discussed the Rodney Atkins concert. Looking on are Gayle Saunders, Richland president, and Dale Colee, Richland board chair.

Rodney Atkins, whose newest single "Take a Back Road" is his fastest chart climbing tune, will headline a concert Aug. 31. at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill. The event is co-sponsored by Massey Ferguson and the 2011 Farm Progress Show.

The concert, which is sponsored by Massey Ferguson, follows the close of the second show day; concert gates open at 5 p.m. A Decatur-area band, to be announced at a later date, opens the concert prior to Atkins' scheduled 6:30 p.m. performance. The concert will be held at Richland Community College, just south of the Farm Progress Show exhibit field.

"As the 'official tractor' of Rodney Atkins for 2011, Massey Ferguson is proud to sponsor his performance at the 2011 Farm Progress Show," explains Meghann McNally, brand marketing manager for Massey Ferguson. "Growing up in a small town in east Tennessee, Rodney understands what it means to take pride in a long day's work on the farm. That deep connection with rural America really comes through in his music, and I couldn't think of a more appropriate venue for this concert than the Farm Progress Show."

Atkins has collaborated with some of country music's biggest stars during his career. He has toured with Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride and ZZ Top. He has charted five No. 1 hits, including "Watching You," "These Are My People," and "It's America." Atkins' most recent single, "Take a Back Road," released just four weeks ago, is already his fastest chart-climbing single ever. Since its premier, the song has received nearly 50,000 downloads. In 2006, Atkins received the Academy of Country Music's Top New Male Vocalist Award. His music has been nominated for numerous other awards by the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.

You can watch the music video for "Farmers Daughter" on this page.

Ticket Information. Ticket prices are $15 in advance and $25 at the gate. Tickets may be ordered online at Rodney Atkins Tickets. All tickets are general admission and lawn seating. Concert admission is separate from show admission. The public is welcome. There are no ticket refunds or exchanges. Additional show and concert information is available at FarmProgressShow.com.

General Farm Progress Show Information. Farmers and ranchers from across North America and around the world visit the Farm Progress Show each year to see agriculture's latest product introductions, meet face-toface with agribusiness professionals and gain hands-on knowledge. The 2011 Farm Progress Show will be held in northeast Decatur, Ill., south of I-72 and east of Richland Community College. The show exhibit field is open to visitors Aug. 30 - Sept. 1, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and until 4 p.m. Thursday. Show admission at the gate is $12 for adults, $8 for students ages 13 to 17. Children under 12 are admitted at no charge. Concert admission is not included in show admission ticket. The public is welcome. Additional show and concert information is available at FarmProgressShow.com.