By JOSH NICHOLS
Daily Press writer
Bigger is better.
Regarding the annual Colorado Farm Show in Greeley that will be held Jan. 29-31, bigger is definately better, according to the show's marketing director John Guild.
Because of the waiting list of exhibitors in past years, a new community building was constructed to house exhibits at Greeley's Island Grove Regional Park, the location of the annual event.
"We have a building that was just finished a few months ago that increased our space by 50 percent," Guild said. "And we'll still be full."
The 25,000 thousand people who attend the annual event will have a lot more to look at.
"Many long-term exhibitors of farm equipment and services have doubled their booth space, and the Farm Show has added between 75 to 80 new exhibits," Guild said.
The annual farm show, which has been in existence 38 years, is one of the largest agricultural trade shows in the West, Guild said.
This year, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Jim Moseley, will kick off the event with a welcome address at 9 a.m. on Jan. 29.
Guild said he will likely speak on free-trade agreements, issues in regard to food sales, bio-terrorism and the environment.
The event features free daily seminars and more than 350 farm-related exhibits.
Guild said the Farm Show follows the National Western Stock Show for the convenience of exhibitors who attend both.
Farm Show Chairman Curt Probert encouraged dairy experts, farmers and stockmen to attend the event.
"Almost 100 people volunteered to plan and manage this year's show," he said. "It is a non-profit event, and any excess revenue is used to improve or expand the exhibition facilities."
In addition, four $500 college scholarships are given annually to Colorado high school seniors who plan to pursue a career in agriculture.
For more information on the Colorado Farm Show, people can call (970) 356-9426, or visit the website at www.ColoradoFarmShow.com.