The 2014 Western Farm Show will be held February 21-23 in Kansas City, and organizers are very excited to bring the latest in equipment and technology, as well as livestock demonstrations to the event's 53rd year. Attendees can expect more than 500 exhibitors on hand - sharing their expertise and their wares. Highlights of the event, according to the organizers, 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, Feb. 21-22, at Kemper Arena, adjacent to the American Royal. A separate admission is required.
- The Stockmanship and Stewardship Low-Stress Livestock Handling Demonstration, sponsored by primary show sponsor MFA Incorporated, at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, 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 & 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 co-operation 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, Feb. 21, 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.