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Published March 17, 2010, 07:00 AM

Big farm show four months away, but volunteers now top 1,000

Public acknowledgment earlier this month of commitments by 1,000 volunteers and some 350 vendors make it clear the upcoming Farm Technology Days will meet its billing as the biggest event ever to hit Pierce County.

By: Steve Dzubay , Pierce County Herald

Public acknowledgment Thursday of commitments by 1,000 volunteers and some 350 vendors make it clear the upcoming Farm Technology Days will meet its billing as the biggest event ever to hit Pierce County.

“The committees continue to push to meet the planning progress benchmark of 90 percent in place by April 1, three months out from the start of tent city construction,” said Greg Andrews, executive secretary for the local effort.

Members of the executive and 21 sub-committees gathered Thursday to review contracts and compare notes on everything from parking and food concessions to field demonstrations and preparedness in the event of a tornado.

To date, the group has cemented $137,000 worth of cash and in-kind donations and, on Thursday, received checks totaling nearly $80,000 from the non-profit Wisconsin Farm Technology parent organization from exhibitor space feeds.

The July 20-22 show is expected to draw up to 80,000 visitors and fill some 2,000 hotel rooms within a 30-mile radius of the showgrounds at the Roger and Bev Peterson farm, two miles south of River Falls on Hwy. 29-35.

Parking Committee Chair Dale Hines and Admissions Chair Ann Webb are both still looking for volunteers. Hines said he’s received dozens of calls from people--many elderly--willing to help but unable to tolerate long hours under the July sun. Lots will open at 6 a.m. and close when cleared of vehicles when the show ends at 5 p.m. each day. Hines encourages teenagers willing to commit to a day of volunteerism to contact him.

For more please read the March 17 print version of the Herald.

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