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Sauk County prepares to host Wisconsin Farm Tech DaysSauk County prepares to host Wisconsin Farm Tech Days

The farm show will be held July 18-20 near Baraboo, Wis.

Fran O'Leary

June 13, 2023

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TENT CITY: Between 450 and 500 exhibitors are expected to fill Tent City at the 2023 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days in Sauk County, Wis. Farm Progress

The 2023 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days will be hosted by Sauk County at the Badger Steam and Gas Engine Club Grounds near Baraboo, Wis. The show will be held July 18-20.

This is the first time WFTD is not being held at a farm since the first show was held in 1954. Originally called Wisconsin Farm Progress Days, the show has been known as Wisconsin Farm Technology Days for the past 20 years.

“1954 was the first year that tractors outnumbered the number of horses and mules on farms,” explained Arnie Jennerman, general manager of WFTD, during WFTD Media Day on June 6.

“The Badger Steam and Gas Engine Club grounds should be great to handle a crowd,” added Wisconsin Ag Secretary Randy Romanski. “It’s also great to be in Sauk County. That’s one of the nicest parts about the show is it moves from county to county each year.”

Organizers say the 2023 farm show will offer plenty to see and do for all ages.

Tent City will include between 450 and 500 exhibitors. While there will be no field demonstrations this year, Anna Maenner, show coordinator, said several dealers will attend the show, and there will be a machinery display.

Food at this year’s WFTD will be provided by 12 area food and beverage trucks. Food trucks will be located in two main areas on the grounds — the North Food Area and the South Food Area — offering attendees a wide variety of meal and beverage options.

This year’s show will feature six tours to area farms, ag businesses and organizations. Those planning to attend a tour must sign up ahead of the show at wifarmtechdays.org. Two tours will be held daily. There is no cost for the tours, but space is limited.

Tours will be held at:

  • Narrows Dairy Farm near Rock Springs, which has used robotic milking for nearly 15 years

  • Sauk Prairie State Recreation Area near Devil’s Lake State Park

  • Laukant Farms, which rotationally grazes Red Angus cattle on more than 500 acres

  • Bula’s Pleasant Valley Farm, which raises grass-finished beef and lamb, pasture-raised laying hens and broiler chickens, and pigs

  • McFarlane Manufacturing, serving the Sauk County community for more than 100 years

  • U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, which borders the Wisconsin River near Prairie du Sac

More WFTD highlights

Other highlights of this year’s show include:

  • Wisconsin’s 76th Alice in Dairyland Ashley Hagenow will attend all three days.

  • A Chevrolet electric pickup truck will be featured in the Ride and Drive area.

  • A 10-horse hitch from Meyer Farms Belgians will perform daily.

  • NRCS will have a 70-foot-long soil pit to show what’s going on underground.

  • Comedian Scott Long will perform on the Rural Insurance Rural Event Mainstage each day.

  • Drone demonstrations will be held each day.

  • “Grillologists” Mad Dog and Merrill will entertain and educate backyard enthusiasts.

  • Youth will have opportunities to learn about agriculture careers, farm safety and more.

Admission to Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is $10 cash or $12 credit for adults and kids 13 years and older. Kids 12 and under will be admitted free. The show hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The Badger Steam and Gas Engine Club Grounds is located at S3347 Sand Road, Baraboo, WI.

More information about the show is available at wifarmtechdays.org.

About the Author(s)

Fran O'Leary

Wisconsin Agriculturist Editor

Even though Fran was born and raised on a farm in Illinois, she has spent most of her life in Wisconsin. She moved to the state when she was 18 years old and later graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Fran has 25 years of experience writing, editing and taking pictures. Before becoming editor of the Wisconsin Agriculturist in 2003, she worked at Johnson Hill Press in Fort Atkinson as a writer and editor of farm business publications and at the Janesville Gazette in Janesville as farm editor and feature writer. Later, she signed on as a public relations associate at Bader Rutter in Brookfield, and served as managing editor and farm editor at The Reporter, a daily newspaper in Fond du Lac.

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