2014 Western Farm Show to feature attractions for whole family

Monday, December 9, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo -- Whether you're a farmer looking for the latest in new farm equipment, a rancher interested in livestock handling techniques and supplies for your operation or an indoor tractor pull fan, the Western Farm Show offers something for just about anyone involved or interested in agriculture.

Scheduled Feb. 21-23 at the American Royal Complex in Kansas City, Mo., the 2014 Western Farm Show promises all of these attractions and much more. Now in its 53rd year, the event will once again feature over 500 exhibitors and more than 400,000-square feet of floor space filled with aisles and aisles of new equipment, buildings, fertilizer, feed, seed and other farm products.

"The Western Farm Show is a great destination for farm families throughout the midwest and definitely the place to be," said Ken Dean, Western Farm Show manager. "Located in the heart of agriculture, it not only showcases the latest innovations in agriculture, but also offers the opportunity to experience all the other exciting attractions the show has to offer."

Highlights of the 2014 Western Farm show will include:

- The Championship Tractor Pull, with Doug Roberts and the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pulling Association. Expected to draw 125 drivers and vehicles from throughout the midwest with $56,000 in prize money at stake, this highly popular competition will be held Friday and Saturday nights at Kemper Arena. A separate admission is required.

- The stockmanship and stewardship low-stress livestock handling demonstration, sponsored by primary show sponsor MFA Inc., at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Scott Pavilion adjacent to the American Royal Complex. Led by Ron Gill, Ph.D., Texas AgriLife Extension Specialist, this demonstration is designed to improve the well-being of beef and dairy cattle and their handlers through humane animal care. Admission is free to all Western Farm Show attendees.

- The Health and Safety Roundup, featuring CPR training, safety displays and free blood pressure, cholesterol, hearing and vision screening. This health exhibit will be coordinated by the Missouri Farm Bureau in cooperation with the American Heart Association, which will receive a donation from the Western Farm Show for the second year in a row based on exhibitor fees.

- FFA Day, on Friday, during which an expected 3,000 FFA students from Missouri and Kansas will compete for bragging rights in the annual Food Drive "Border War." FFA students will also have the opportunity to participate in seminars and learn about educational and career opportunities in agriculture.

The Family Living Center, offering clothing, crafts, and food, health and home décor products.

Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Adult admission is $8 and free for children 12 and under. For more information, visit www.WesternFarmShow.com.