The state’s largest outdoor farm show is making its way back to central Wisconsin this summer. Once again, Rural Mutual Insurance will be a major part of Wisconsin Farm Technology Days hosted by D&B Sternweis Farms and Weber’s Farm Store/Heiman Holsteins, just west of Marshfield. Over 35,000 visitors from across the state and throughout the nation are expected to visit Wood County for the show on July 10, 11 & 12.
The show will occupy most of the 640-acre section along County Highway H on Marshfield’s west side. With paved roads on all-four sides, there should be easy access to the ample parking lots. The 80-acre “Tent City” will feature commercial exhibits and farm equipment displays with knowledgeable experts who can answer questions related to the agricultural industry.
There will be plenty of opportunities to learn about various groups and organizations in agriculture including the folks from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau. Right in the middle of Tent City, the Rural Mutual Family Living Tent will stage a steady-stream of entertainment and educational presentations each day of the show. The traditional youth tent has been renamed the “Future Generations Tent” and will be filled with insight as to what agriculture may hold in the coming years. “Innovation Square” will give a peak into the future as well as exhibitors present their newest technologies. The Square will also feature a miniature cranberry marsh representative of what is a major crop in Wood County.
There’s something for country and city folks alike at Farm Tech Days. Farmers can do research on the next piece of machinery that they may want to buy, while others can learn about food production, test-drive small lawn and garden equipment or just relax and enjoy the musical entertainment.
Marshfield Clinic and its National Farm Medicine Center will welcome visitors to their hometown with a major presence at the show. Besides offering health screenings, there will be extensive displays and demonstrations related to farm safety.
The “Equine Arena” will welcome the return of the Meyer Farms 10-horse Belgian pyramid hitch, the Milk Buds, Billy Yoder Horsemanship, and Mounted Justice.
New to Wisconsin Farm Technology Days this year will be Virtual Tours of the Sternweis and Heiman dairy farms, Weber’s Farm Store and Nasonville Dairy. Continuous videos will let visitors learn about the long family heritage and everyday activities at each of these Central Wisconsin landmarks. There will also be guided tours of the Sternweis farm each day.
And of course, there will be plenty of food and beverage options throughout the grounds for attendees to enjoy.
Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is the only event of its kind that moves from county to county each year and is completely run by local volunteers. The exhibition has been held every year since 1954 and has been in the Marshfield area several times in the past.