The 49th annual Wisconsin Public Service Farm Show returns to the grounds of the Experimental
Aircraft Association in Oshkosh on Tuesday, March 31, and continues through Thursday, April 2. This year's show features more than 400 exhibitors and is expected to draw thousands of visitors from the Midwest and Canada.
"As always, exhibitors will be showing a variety of products and services of interest to farm owners and operators," says Mike Kawleski, agriculture market leader for Wisconsin Public Service. "This includes tractors and field machinery and parts; feed, livestock and manure-handling equipment; ventilation systems; lighting; milking and barn equipment and supplies; financial, insurance and real estate services; and seed, feed and fertilizer."
Kawleski adds that the show is "green" again this year by purchasing its electricity through WPS's NatureWise program. NatureWise offers renewable energy from wind and biomass resources
in northeast Wisconsin.
Admission to the farm show is free, and parking is $3 per vehicle. Gates are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday.
"The show comes at the time of year when farmers are anticipating the upcoming planting and haying seasons," notes Kawleski. "That's why this event has become known as a 'buying' show because they're ready to invest in new equipment and try new methods."
Among the highlights of this year's show are the following:
- more than 350 vendors throughout the EAA grounds
- more than 800 indoor and outdoor booths covering the 10-acre site
- free motorized scooters, manual wheelchairs and wagons for attendees
who need mobility assistance
- seminars on renewable fuels, manure digesters, wind energy, commodity
marketing, oilseed processing and other farm management topics
- silent auctions to benefi t the Wisconsin FFA Foundation each day
- routine medical screenings provided by University of Wisconsin-
Oshkosh Health on Tuesday and Thursday only: blood pressure screenings
are free, blood sugar screenings cost $5, cholesterol tests cost $10
- centrally located food tent offering a wide selection of food from nonprofit commodity groups
- on-site agricultural consultants from Wisconsin Public Service to answer energy management questions.