UPDATED March 20, 2020: Due to the ongoing global pandemic and out of an abundance of caution, the Four State Farm Show has been postponed and will be held July 24, 25 & 26.
PUBLISHED February 18, 2020: The 2020 Four State Farm Show is headed to town after 36 years on the farm.
“We are very pleased to announce we have signed a multi-year contract with Pittsburg State University to host the show on its beautiful campus,” said Lance Markley, Farm Talk Newspaper publisher and Four State Farm Show coordinator.
The show will take place July 24, 25 and 26, 2020 (updated).
“We are excited to welcome the Four State Farm Show to Pittsburg and to the campus of Pittsburg State University,” said Devin Gorman, executive director for the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “After much effort, we are proud to continue the legacy of the Four State Farm Show in our community.
“The show has been a tremendously valuable event for us over the past 36 years, and the benefits of being on campus will help make it even more enjoyable for everyone in 2020 and for years beyond,” Gorman added.
Shawn Naccarato, Pittsburg State University’s chief strategy officer, said, “This is just one more example of the innovative sort of partnerships we’re willing to enter into to directly benefit our community… We’re excited that we’re able to come to an agreement that brings 20,000 people and more than $1 million in economic impact to our community.”
The Four State Farm Show has a long-time connection to the Pittsburg area. In March 1975, the Tri-State Farm Show was held at the National Guard Armory in Pittsburg and was sponsored by the agriculture committee of the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with Farm Talk Newspaper. The show then spent time in Miami, Oklahoma, moved back to Pittsburg, and then to Parsons, Kansas, before settling in 1984 on a 300-acre farm south of Pittsburg for the next 36 years.
Markley continued, “The previous location served us well for many years, and we owe a huge amount of gratitude to long-time Pittsburg John Deere dealer Phil O’Malley for providing the show site. Over the years, we have found we aren’t great at controlling the weather. Not surprisingly, we have experienced extreme heat with our July dates and then heavy rains last year after moving the show to May in search of cooler temperatures. While this move doesn’t alleviate weather concerns, it does offer more favorable options if inclement weather occurs.”
While the previous location had no facility for indoor booths, the spacious Robert W. Plaster Center has the capacity for more than 400 exhibit spaces. Additionally, outdoor exhibitors now have the opportunity to display on asphalt or grass. All spectator and exhibitor parking is located on hard surface lots.
“This is just a great example of the sort of things we anticipated would be made possible by the building of the Plaster Center and the investment that the city, as well as the private donors, made to build that facility,” Naccarato said. “It’s the sort of thing we envisioned the Plaster Center would enable us to do as a community, and I think it’s exciting to see that come to fruition.”
While the Four State Farm Show has always been an agriculture-only event, the brand-new addition of “rural living” exhibit space in the Plaster Center allows non-agricultural companies the opportunity to reach spectators with their products in a designated area. A similar section has been popular every fall at the Ozark Fall Farmfest in Springfield, Missouri, a joint venture between Farm Talk and the Ozark Empire Fair.
“To say exhibitors are excited about the move is probably an understatement,” Markley said. “We sold over 400 booths in the first 10 days they were available.” However, many great booth spaces remain, and prospective exhibitors should contact Farm Talk to receive information.
The popular Shopping Spree will make its return with $1,000 given away daily at the Farm Talk booth located in the Plaster Center. Shopping Sprees must be used for purchases with Four State Farm Show exhibitors.
Spectators and exhibitors will no longer be permitted to bring their own ATVs and UTVs but golf carts will be available for rent from Castagno Oil, Inc., Battery Mart.
Parking and admission are free. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, visit FourStateFarmShow.com or call Farm Talk Newspaper at 800-356-8255.
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