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The Midwest's largest agricultural event is returning to the region with the 27th Annual Big Iron 2007 Farm Show and Exposition set to run Sept. 11, 12 and 13, at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo. Showtime will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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The event is a function of the Red River Valley Fair association that started in 1980 in Casselton, moved to The Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo in 1981, and has been continuing there successfully ever since.

Annually, the event attracts over 70,000 national and international visitors - with a record breaking number of exhibitors - over 800 - representing more than 600 companies.

This year promises to be no exception according to Judie McKay, office manager for the Red River Valley Fair. "Big Iron does well every year and we are gearing up for another excellent event."

Exhibits will be featured both indoors and outdoors, with on-ground and field demonstrations conducted each day, weather permitting, with the latter located on the farm ground south of the show grounds.

This year, Big Iron will be adding something new with the involvement of the North Dakota Trade Office who will have a location set up and staffed in the Pavilion right next door to the agricultural building, for the purpose of welcoming a large delegation of foreign visitors.

The Trade Office is a public private partnership dedicated to expanding North Dakota's export sales, with offices in Fargo and Bismarck and team members in Grand Forks and Dickinson.

Communication Director Jeff Zent said his organization is in the process of creating a program in conjunction with the U.S. Commercial Service. "We've identified and qualified good potential buyers of agriculture equipment all of which come from high demand markets. They will be attending the show to see what our agricultural businesses have to offer."

Exact details of the program have yet to be finalized, with details to be announced at a press conference that is being planned for Big Iron opening morning, Tuesday, Sept. 11, with North Dakota Governor John Hoeven expected to lead the briefing. More details about his conference will be forthcoming from the Trade Office.

In addition to the vast number of exhibits and the trade office representation, Big Iron will also feature a varied program for the ladies, with a Craft Show set all three days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Craft Show Building.

A Ladies Brunch is also scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Great Hall of the Fargo Holiday Inn. KFGO radio personality Sandi Buttweiler will serve as master of ceremonies for the style show, which will be a part of the fun, presented by Catherine's, Herberger's, Talbots and Pendleton. Tickets cost $10 and will be available at the door. Those planning to attend are encouraged to arrive early since seating is limited. Doors open at 9 a.m.

There is no admission charge to Big Iron activities at the Fairgrounds and their will be plenty of free parking each day. People movers will also be available to transport people around the exhibit grounds.

Big Iron 2007 Committee members are: Terry Goerger, chairman, Gale Skjoiten, Mike Krueger, John McGowan, Mike St. Onge and Steve Alm.

For more information about Big Iron, visit the Red River Valley Fair Web site at redrivervalleyfair.com and click on the Big Iron Show, or call the Fairground's office at 701-282-200 or 800-456-6408.

For more information about the North Dakota Trade Office call Zent at 701-235-3638 or visit their Web site at www.ndto.com.

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