The 5th Annual Kenny Norton Southeast Iowa Farm Show plows its way to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Saturday, March 2 with the latest in machinery, seed technology, grain handling and agriculture services from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Enjoy free admission to this rapidly growing agricultural exhibition and join the conversation with area businesses on today's farming operation.
In addition to the more than 50 exhibitors, new at this year's Farm Show is a face art painter Brandi Glaspie along with caricature artist David Ayala, both free activities. The Jefferson County Cattleman will be offering lunch from 11-2 p.m.
The Southeast Iowa Farm Show is presented by Bush Hog, Fairfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, Iowa State Bank of Fairfield, Iowa and Jefferson County Supervisors. The Farm Show partner sponsors are Community 1st Credit Union, Dekalb/Asgrow, Hearland Co-op, Libertyville Savings Bank, Pilot Grove Savings Bank, Sinclair Tractor, and the friend level sponsor is Southeast Iowa Diesel.
"Thanks to our sponsors' commitment to agriculture and the Farm Show, admission continues to be free," said Rachel Anderson, event manager at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. "Machinery will once again line the street in front of the Center, providing an up-close view of the newest equipment in agriculture."
Vendor information and advertising options for the Commemorative Program are available on the Southeast Iowa Farm Show's website, www.SEIowaFarmShow.com
Following the Southeast Iowa Farm Show is Grammy winning SHENANDOAH. Fueled by Marty Raybon's distinctive vocals and the band's skilled musicianship, Shenandoah became well known for delivering 13 number one hits, including, "Two Dozen Roses," "Church on Cumberland Road," and "Next to You, Next to Me," as well as achingly beautiful classics as "I Want to be Loved Like That" and the Grammy winning "Somewhere in the Vicinity of Heat" duet with Alison Krauss.
Opening the night of country music is THE BOYS, Southeast Iowa's own high energy country band. With songs playing on local radio stations and frequent live performances it's hard to miss these small town troubadours. The signature harmonies of the Klett twins is what sets them apart from the rest. Truly original music mixed with some of the best of today.
The Boys will also play the Farm Show after party following the concert. The after party will begin immediately following Shenahdoah and is free and open to the public; ticket to Shenandoah is not required. A variety of beverages will be available, but if you drink, don't drive, do the watermelon crawl.
Preceding the Farm Show on Friday, May 1 is a play from Iowa's Poet Laureate Mary Swander, "MAP OF MY KINGDOM." The play, commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa tackles the critical issue of land transition and will take the Sondheim stage at 7:30 p.m. No tickets required. In the drama, Angela Martin, a lawyer and mediator in land transition disputes, shares stories of how farmers and landowners she has worked with over the years approached their land successions. Some families almost came to blows, struggling to resolve the sale or transfer of their land, dissolving relationships. Others found peacefully rational solutions that focused not only on the viability of the family, but also the land.
Additional sponsors of Map of My Kingdom include Edward Jones - Connie Boyer, Joe Stever, John Stever and Brian Olson; Foss, Kuiken, Cochran & Helling; and Sustainable Living Coalition.