Exhibitors had the worst of it this week as they prepped their exhibits for the 2011 Hay Expo. When the gates open at 9 a.m. for the show, near Cannon Falls, Minn., visitors will be greeted with comfortable temperatures and a vast array of the latest in hay- and forage-making technology.
One of the four major events put on by Farm Progress, Hay Expo celebrates its 25th year with a first-ever stop in Minnesota. The site, on County Road 9 south of Cannon Falls offers a 10-acre "Tent City" and 150-acres of forage crops for mowing, baling and chopping demonstrations.
The weather for setup was unseasonably warm topping 103 degrees on Tuesday as exhibitors worked to clean machines and get their displays cleaned up. Top that with 40 mile-per-hour winds and you could say it was a challenge. But Nature is cooperating in time for visitors to arrive with temps predicted in the mid-70s Wednesday and light winds.
If you're heading to the show, gates open at 9 a.m. and the first field demos - mowing and tedding - start at 10 a.m. Check out the Schedule of Events to plan your visit. Meanwhile more than a 100 feed and forage-focused exhibitors will be on hand at the exhibit field with product and technology information.
Find your way to the show, by checking out the directions. The free show has a $10 per vehicle parking charge.
General Show information: The Farm Progress Hay Expo marks its 25th anniversary this year. The event was developed in 1986 to fill a void in the marketplace and satisfy a need for a trade show strictly focused on forages. The Hay Expo has grown and evolved over the years but continues to be the best place for forage producers to see and learn about products and services in their industry. This marks the inaugural year for the Hay Expo in Minnesota. The 2011 Farm Progress Hay Expo will be held June 8 and 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The show site is located off of Highway 52 at the intersection of Goodhue County 9 and Goodhue County 1, south of Cannon Falls, Minnesota at farms of Hernke, Inc. Admission is free; parking is $10 per vehicle. The public is welcome. For more information, visit HayExpo.com or call 866-264-7469.