Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days was “an overall success,” according to its executive committee in a follow-up report from Kristy Pagel, publicity liaison.
The outdoor farm show July 11-13 at Ebert Enterprises near Algoma attracted more than the county’s population of approximately 20,400 citizens over its three-day run.
“Additionally, organizers were excited to learn the first day of the show attracted over 10,000 visitors, the highest attendance on day one in several years,” Pagel said. “The official opening ceremony had a record-breaking 550 attendees, including Gov. Scott Walker and Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Ben Brancel.”
The show also drew the most volunteers ever, with 1,900 from Kewaunee and surrounding counties.
The outdoor event was not without challenges. Heavy overnight rains Tuesday prompted the grounds committee to use three vacuum tanks and wood chips to soak up water for an on-time opening. Wet conditions also shut down the field demonstrations mid-week.
According to Pagel, 15,000 burgers and 11,250 bowls of ice cream were served. Ice cream sold so well on the first day that the entire week’s supply was sold out and extra had to be brought in for the next two days.
All 1,000 of the commemorative toy Gehl 800 Forage Harvesters were sold out before the show opened.
“A fundraising goal of $500,000 was exceeded from in-kind donations alone due to the overwhelming support of local businesses and families for the 2017 show,” Pagel said. “Additionally, with final numbers still pending, the show is expected to exceed the net profit goals of the executive committee.”
Wood County and the Heiman and Sternweis families will host 2018 FTD July 10-12 near Marshfield.