Besides raising hunger awareness, participation in the Western Farm Show offers valuable educational and career information for FFA members. "For many of the FFA attendees, the Western Farm Show is also the only industry event they have the opportunity to attend to see, learn and visit with our exhibitors about the latest trends, products and services within the agricultural industry," noted Cory Hayes, Director of Education for the SouthWestern Association, the show producer.
In particular, students and advisors are encouraged to visit the Oklahoma State University booth to learn about the Equipment Technician Training Program offered by the OSU Institute of Technology for students looking to earn a degree in equipment maintenance and repair.
To receive free admission to the show on FFA Day, Friday, Feb. 22, Missouri and Kansas FFA chapter advisors can visit the Westerm Farm Show website to fill out and submit a ticket request form online.
The Western Farm Show ranks as one of the largest indoor displays of farm equipment and new agricultural technologies in the Midwest, showcasing more than 500 exhibitors under one roof at the American Royal Complex. Highlights also include the Health & Safety Roundup Area, the Family Living Center and livestock demonstrations sponsored by MFA, Inc. The show's highly popular Championship Tractor Pull, featuring more than 150 top drivers and machines from 15 states, will be held Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 21-23, 2013, at Kemper Arena, which is a short walk from the American Royal.
Western Farm Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24. Adult admission is $8 and free for children 12 and under.
Source: Western Farm Show