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Nearly 300 people attend North Central Ag Show

By Staff | Feb 18, 2011

Nearly 300 people attended the North Central Dakota Agriculture Show held at the armory in Rugby on Feb. 4. They came to network with ag-related businesses and services and visit with their neighbors. They came from Rugby, Wolford, Rolette, Leeds, York, Barton, Esmond, Harvey, Bottineau and Willow City.

The theme was “Planting the seeds of Modern Farming.” Thirty-seven exhibitors had demonstrations, equipment, modern methods of farm management, seed and fertilizer supplies, financial lenders and the list goes on.

In the afternoon, between 40-50 people attended a presentation by North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. His presentation was followed by one given by the Assistant State Veterinarian, Dr. Jesse Vollmer.

Sub sandwiches and cookies, coffee and soda pop kept people from going hungry through- out the afternoon. The Ag Appreciation Banquet sold 300 tickets and prime rib was served at the Eagles in recognition of the farmers/ranchers contributions to the community. A comedian/hypnotist, Dr. Scott McFall, provided the entertainment after the banquet at the Eagles.

A Future Farmers of America (FFA) display was on hand. Students from the ag classes at Rugby High School participated at the show and recorded their findings for the class.

As in past years, the vendors completed assessment sheets on the show. For the most part they were positive, according to Lila Harstad, owner/manager, KZZJ Radio who heads the Ag Show committee. Because a shortage of parking spaces was a comment from last year’s show, the committee sought out the cooperation of Rugby High School students who share the parking lot with the armory.

Many door prizes were given at various booths. The Grand Prize was a Gun Cabinet which was won by Ronald Kramer, Pleasant Lake.

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