MACOMB, IL — The tradition of the Western Illinois University School of Agriculture Ag Mech Club’s Farm Expo continues this year with its 46th annual event Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 6-7. It was in 1970 the Ag Mech Club started what has become the largest student-run agriculture show in the U.S., the annual WIU Farm Expo—which many refer to as the “Ag Mech Show.”
As in past years, the Farm Expo will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 6) and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 7) in Western Hall and is open free to the public. Complimentary parking is available in Q-Lot, east of Western Hall.
The 2016 keynote address is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 6), and the speaker is Erin Brenneman, of Brenneman Pork, a family farm operation in Washington (IA). Brenneman is also a contributor to the Pork Network website (see www.porknetwork.com/users/erinbrenneman).
For the third year, Western’s School of Agriculture will add to the Ag Mech Show tradition by incorporating an alumni social for all “WIU Aggies” (alumni, students and current and retired faculty). The social is set from 6-9 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 6) in the Multicultural Center (south of the University Union).
The Farm Expo will include the traditional popular activities of the “Tot-Rod Pedal Pulls” (beginning noon, Sunday, Feb. 7), as well as exhibits with farm machinery, ag sales and service information, ag management information, emerging ag technology, livestock and crop supplies, ag structures, crafts, a farm toy show and much more.
For more information about the Ag Mech Show, contact the School of Ag at (309) 298-1080. Individuals planning to attend the School of Agriculture Alumni Social are asked to confirm attendance with the School of Ag at (309) 298-1080 or via email at DC-Pestle1@wiu.edu.
Written By: Teresa Koltzenburg (TE-Koltzenburg@wiu.edu)