Four State Farm Show returns this weekend | Local News
PITTSBURG, Kan. – The 2021 Four State Farm Show returns bigger and better than ever after its one-year pandemic hiatus, organizers say, and it will feature hundreds of indoor and outdoor exhibitors in a new location.
Now in its 46th year, the Four State Farm Show is scheduled Friday through Sunday at the Robert W. Plaster Center at Pittsburg State University, 1701 S. Homer St. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
The performance location will include the Robert W. Plaster Center as well as the surrounding parking lots and grounds. The venue is located on the eastern edge of the campus.
The highly anticipated event serves as a one-stop-shop for agriculture in the region, where visitors can see the latest technologies and agricultural products on offer from vendors in the region. It typically attracts around 20,000 visitors during the three-day event each year, according to officials.
Visitors can view exhibits on rural agricultural life and learn about the latest farming equipment. There will be a zero-turn lawn mower trial driving area where participants can try out a variety of machines. All spectator and exhibitor parking lots will be on hard surface grounds and will be free.
“This particular show will have around 800 booths – there are around 400 inside in the temperature-controlled plaster center, and then there are another 400 outside,” said Lance Markley, show coordinator. and responsible for special farming events for the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, the event’s new sponsor. “This is the opportunity to see all the latest agricultural products and trends.”
In late 2020, the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds & Event Center in Springfield acquired the assets of the Four State Farm Show and signed a multi-year agreement with PSU to host the show for years to come.
Weather was often an issue for the show, which has taken place on 300 acres of land near Pittsburg for the past 36 years. But organizers and officials are now eager to create future traditions on campus.
“We are extremely happy to be at the new location,” said Markley. “All kiosks and parking lots are on hard surfaces. No one will have to face mud in any way, shape or form in the living room. What we have gained are the indoor stands with room to expand in the future. It will go in rain or shine. “
Kansas Secretary of Commerce David Toland, who made the trip last year from Topeka to help announce the new venue, said at the time: “There is no better venue than the Plaster Center. here at Pitt State; it is a wonderful facility that offers new opportunities for this event to develop. It is clear that it will be a huge success.
Before the pandemic, the show typically had more than $ 1 million in economic impact per year. Devin Gorman, executive director of the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said in a statement that the show was a valued event for the entire county and that the benefits of being on campus would make it more enjoyable for everyone. world.
Masks will not be required to be worn.
Details: fourstatefarmshow.com or [email protected]