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What does it really take to put on a big farm show? Rick Wild, operations manager, Farm Progress Show offers some insight.

August 26, 2022

Staging a farm show is not something everyone thinks of doing but every year Rick Wild has big dates circled on his calendar as he joins the Farm Progress staff to make the Farm Progress Show happen. As operations manager, Wild is responsible for a range of details involved in moving in hundreds of exhibitors to get them ready for the big show.

It’s the first time the show has been in Boone since 2018, but Wild was on hand back then. He shares some of the key issues that happen when you have a four-year gap. He also offers an interesting look at his main business, which he run when he’s not in Boone (even years) or Decatur (odd years).

From his expertise with signage to some thoughts about the best way to maximize your show site concert experience, Wild provides some solid inside baseball on what to expect for the 2022 show. Gates open at 8 a.m. Aug. 30 and the show runs through Sept. 1. Tickets are available at

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