Countdown to The Farm Progress Show

Countdown to The Farm Progress Show

Aug 26
Kendra Courson, Director for Special Events

Today was Media Day at Progress City in Decatur. The College of ACES works closely with Penton Media to provide many services to the several hundred thousand visitors. Services include traffic information, radio, and student translators from the college who greet international visitors in Portuguese, Spanish, and Mandarin. Rick Atterberry and I were happy to be a part of today's press conference, tour, and luncheon.

With this year's 400,000-square-foot expansion, the grounds now cover 90 acres and 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. There are multiple additions to this year's show. Some of these events will include UAV flights held daily from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a different manufacturer flying every 10 minutes. Also, this year’s main entrance features a bee habitat that will include bee facts and a picture prop. Since 2009, full field demonstrations have not taken place due to summer weather conditions. However, this year's growing season permits a full schedule of harvest, tillage, and planting demonstrations, including new high-speed planters. Corn harvested this week to make room for the tillage demonstrations checked in at 22.7% moisture content! And speaking of corn, visitors can look forward to a new beer tent featuring beer (Miller products) made with Illinois corn! The beer tent will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The University of Illinois tent will have a lot to offer this year’s visitors. With approximately 20 exhibits in the College of ACES tent, daily shows with WGN's Orion Samuelson, and daily market analysis with WILL's Todd Gleason. We look forward to welcoming visitors from all 50 states and 50 foreign countries.

Stop by our tent at 34 West Progress and say hello. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. See you next week!