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Big Iron back as region's premiere farm show

Big Iron will be back for its 33rd annual three-day run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 10, 11 and 12 ar the Red River Valley Fairgrounds, West Fargo. Show hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p. m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.

Billed as the largest farm show in the upper Midwest, the event will feature over 850 exhibitors, training sessions, demonstrations and countless opportunities to connect with peers in agribusiness.

Those attending will be able to immerse themselves in three days of agricultural advancements mixed with a local, regional and national flavor showcasing the newest products, equipment and technology in the ag field.

Big Iron organizers are looking forward to the annual event.

General Manager Bryan Schulz said, "The 2013 Big Iron Farm Show is once again a sold out show. The diversity of the agricultural vendors is sure to bring a variety of farmers to the show. Planting equipment and soil health are the topics of the field demonstrations this year. We expect to once again have nearly 80,000 people attending the three day event. "

Emily Grunewald, Big Iron Exhibit Coordinator stated, "I'm new to the this area and am new to this position. I am amazed at how many exhibitors and the different types of equipment will be at the show. There really is something for everyone."

Assistant General Manager Jodi Buresh, agreed adding, "The Livestock Production Display has been expanded for 2013 with more exhibitors and on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 11 a.m., the NDSU Extension Service will have livestock specialists talking with visitors. This was a very well attended session in 2012 and we are bringing it back again."

A wide variety of booths and displays, other smaller field demonstrations featuring all types of equipment will also be offered each day from 1 to 3 p. m., weather permitting, south of the Red River Valley grandstand, 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.

In addition each day will feature: discussions and seminar type events in the Issues and Events Center; an Antique and Farm Machinery Show; United Blood Services' bloodmobile, for those wishing to donate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day in the Horticulture Building; as well as health screenings also conducted daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Horticulture Building.

A Craft Show will also be held daily at the adjacent Bonanzaville in Dawson Hall and the Lucien Barnes Event Center. A huge variety of vendor booths will be available showing off and selling their wares.

Women's Day activities on Wednesday will include a brunch and style show with entertainment by the Dixie Cups from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Fargo Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave. S. Tickets can be purchased at the door which will open at 9 a.m.

International visitors who register for the international program will enjoy special activities at no charge, including farm and ranch tours, equipment demonstrations, receptions and other events. Since the inception of the international program in 2007, the event has hosted over 600 international visitors from over 25 countries.

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.