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Big Iron celebrates 32 years as Midwest's largest farm expo

For the 32nd year running Big Iron, will be invading the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo for its annual three-day run Sept. 11, 12 and 13, as the Midwest's largest agricultural expo.

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.

Since its inception, Big Iron has grown from a farm equipment show into an international venue showcasing whatever is new in agriculture, at the same time connecting buyers and sellers looking to advance agriculture.

The show typically features upwards of 800 agricultural exhibits with local, regional and national flavor, appealing to the approximate 80,000 people who annualy attend to educate themselves on the latest advances in farm equipment and technology highlighted in the indoor and outdoor displays on 200 acres of convenient viewing space.

Big Iron General Manager Bryan Schulz and Events Coordinator Chaun Merkens have been overseeing efforts to make the 32nd show unique in its own right for both exhibitors and visitors alike. Members of the volunteer committee assisting with the shows planning, all involved in various aspects of agribusiness include: John Gowan, chair; Terry Goerger, Mike St. Onge, Keith Peltier and Gale Skjoiten.

In addition to the wide variety of booths and displays, other smaller field demonstrations featuring all types of equipment will be offered each day starting at 1 p.m. on the areas south of the Red River Valley racetrack, with transportation provided to and from the area free of charge. There will also be demonstrations conducted on the grounds throughout the show by various exhibitors.

Also featured each day will be: discussions an seminar type events in the Issues and Events Center; an Antique and Farm Machinery Show; United Blood Services' bloodmobile, for those wishing to donate; and health screenings will also be conducted daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Horticulture Building.

An added highlight of this year's Big Iron will be the appearance of Miss North Dakota Rosie Sauvageau of Fargo, who will greet the public from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The Concordia graduate will be promoting her platform "Celebrate Diversity: One Nation, All People." She will be competing in the Miss America competition in Las Vegas in January of 2013.

A craft show will be staged each day of Big Iron in Dawson Hall at Bonanzaville, adjacent to the Fairgrounds. A huge variety of vendor booths, with products ranging from food, to jewelry to home accessories, will be previewed for sale.

As always, admission to the grounds and parking will be free. There will be people movers on the grounds to transport people free of charge from parking areas to the grounds and around different areas of the grounds. Camping will be available just east of the show.

For more information about Big Iron, visit their website at or call 701-282-2200 or toll free 800-456-6408.