With record crop prices the last two years in Southwest Nebraska, Northwest Kansas, & Northeast Colorado, the McCook Farm & Ranch Expo is the place to be. The Expo will return to the Red Willow County Fairgrounds on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 14-15, 2012.
The show opens at 9 a.m. both days and closes at 7 p.m. the first day and 4 p.m. the second. Admission and parking are free.
To kick things off, there will be a free producer’s breakfast at 7:30am on Wednesday November 14th.
“It’s a great place to come see the newest and latest in farming and ranching practices and technology,” said Darren Dale, show manager. “We are expecting 350 vendors from 20 states, Canada& Australia.”
Exhibitors include displays for farm and ranch equipment, seed and
chemicals, agricultural services, irrigation manufacturers, financial providers, commodity organizations, colleges, governmental services, home services, furniture and art galleries and much, much more.
Coming back to the McCook Farm & Ranch Expo will be the working Ranch Horse Sale on Wednesday the 14th starting at 6:00pm. The sale will show case the best performance horses for sale in the tri-state area that will be sold to the highest bidder. Also, back at the expo by popular demand will be the FFA Auction. Immediately following the horse sale many local FFA Chapters made a project that will be auctioned off with all proceeds going back to that chapter. If your local FFA Chapter would like to participate, please contact Darren Dale.
New this year to the Expo is the “High Quality Beef- From Gate to Plate” program. This event will be featured on Wednesday the 14th in the Kiplinger Arena at 1:30pm. Genetically tested heifers for growth and carcass traits will be brought to the Farm and Ranch Expo. The audience will then be asked to participate in the program and help to judge the heifer(s). The presentation will be followed by demonstrations and meat sampling.
Scott Daily Horse Training will be displayed this year at the expo. Scott has been featured on RFD-TV. He will be show casing his low stress horse training techniques both days at the expo. Scott has been around horses most of his life. His love for horses and desire to train them began in 4-H while he was growing up inInola,Oklahoma. Scott started training horses about 15 years ago. After many years of working with challenging colts and horses, Scott has developed and perfected his own techniques. Scott believes in building trust between horse and rider.
There will be a great line up of Rodeo Athletes this year, including Professional Bull Fighter Quirt Hunt, World Champion Steer Wrestler Dean Gorsuch, along with Miss RodeoNebraska. They will be at the expo both days signing autographs along with other Rodeo queens from the area. There will be several drawings at the expo including tickets to the Tri-City Storm Hockey and a beer garden to quench that thirst.
McCook is in the center of rich farmland and cattle feedlots in southwest Nebraska and northwest Kansas.
The Red Willow County fairgrounds are in north central McCook, near West Fifth and O Streets.