For the first time, camping will be permitted on the grounds of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. The 2008 edition of the three-day ag expo, the largest outdoor farm show in Wisconsin, takes place July 15-17 at Country Aire Farms, 1440 Lamers-Clancy Road, Greenleaf.
"For a one-time fee of $10, people will be allowed to camp in the General Parking and Vendor Parking areas," explains Stan Kaczmarek, vice-chair of the show's Executive Committee. "However, no tent camping will be allowed, just motorized and pop-up campers, and camper trailers."
Kaczmarek says the show will provide portables toilets, potable water and a hand wash station on the site during the event. No campfires or grey water dumping will be allowed and campers must take all their trash with them. Campsites will be inspected following the event; those sites not cleaned up will be charged a $50.00 clean up fee.
A camping rule sheet and check-in form is available on the show's web site, www.wifarmtechnologydays.com, by clicking "Brown County," then "On Site Camping." Although pre-registration isn't required, it is appreciated, says Kaczmarek. "We'd like some advance notice to get an idea how many people will be camping," he says.
Upon arrival, campers will be directed by Parking Staff to appropriate locations. Campers must complete the check-in form and turn it in to show headquarters on 6th Street in Tent City.
An estimated 70,000 visitors will gather for the event, which features more than 900 commercial and educational exhibitors in a 65-acre Tent City, as well as more than 300 acres of in-field demonstrations of the latest hay mowing, raking, merging, harvesting, baling and transporting equipment. Further information on 2008 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is available by contacting the show's Executive Secretary, Mark Hagedorn, at 920-391-4612 or by visiting the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days web site at www.wifarmtechnologydays.com.