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Prep for the Big Show

Here are a few links that can help make your trip to Boone a little easier next week.

Years ago when I first joined Farm Progress, I was excited because I could be paid to go to the historic big event - The Farm Progress Show! Back then getting information out to you meant you had to wait for the show program to show up in the host state local magazine. And that's still a critical resource.

Otherwise there would be those press releases announcing location, or perhaps some key announcements regarding on-site events. Today, however, the Web has changed all that and frankly if you have a question about the show you can get it answered pretty quickly. And in this blog I thought I'd help you out a bit.

Last week I shared a few links - which I'll repeat here, but you'll also find some other valuable links in this installment too.

First, the map of the show is critical and we offer a printable show map you can get ahead of time to so some preliminary planning. That's pretty handy when you want to see a lot in a single day. We also have a cool tool we've offered for a few years - an interactive show map - you can go through and create a schedule for your visit so you don't miss anything important.

If you're not sure about a specific exhibitor, you can look them up too. We have a handy lookup tool on the Farm Progress Show website that allows you to find specific exhibitors that will be on hand for the 2014 event.

There's a lot going on at the show, and having a schedule is important too. You can also download a printable show schedule for carrying to the show if that helps. It tells you when field demos begin, but it also offers insight to Rural Life tent activities and other events at the show,

A decade ago we started offering concert opportunities at some Farm Progress Shows. This year, you can see Jerrod Niemann - country star - in a Farm Progress Show concert, also sponsored by Syngenta and the Iowa State Center. It looks to be a good time and tickets are still available.

Of course there's always the question about golf carts (or cars as the case may be). Turns out all the advance reservation carts are taken, but a few may be available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can bring your own, but you'll need to pay $45 for a golf cart pass. There are mobility scooters available for all three days. The golf cart has become a popular addition to the show, even if they aren't popular with all visitors. I'm a walker (and yes I have access to a show Gator) which during peak hours is faster than moving around by golf cart.

We're conducting a Food Drive again this year, which allows students to get in the show free provided they have 5 can goods (each) that they bring to the show. Sponsors of the event - The Howard G Buffett Foundation and Monsanto will match the donations with a dollar for every pound of food donated (up to $10,000 each). It's a great cause and helps the local food shelves in our show cities (we're doing a drive during Husker Harvest Days too).

And you can always get a jump on things by looking at the whole show program online. You'll find historical information, and a lot of helpful tools for your trip to the big show next week. See you in Boone!

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