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Agricultural heritage continues

Big Iron is observing a huge milestone with its annual run set for Sept. 14-16, in its spacious and convenient location at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds.

The 2010 version marks the 30th year for what is billed as the largest ag expo in the upper Midwest, once again overflowing with exhibits and displays sure to appeal to everyone taking in all the three-day show has to offer.

The daily features are definitely mixed and varied, with the event evolving through the years from a farm equipment show to a celebration of rural living, including agribusiness, health, and new innovations and technology in the areas of farming, ranching, sales, banking and manufacturing.

Organizers are excited about this years venue and pleased that Big Iron XXX will see a special visit from United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who has accepted an invitation from the Red River Farm Network to participate in a question and answer session at RRFN's Issues and Events Center Tuesday, September 14. The one-hour seminar begins at 11:30 a.m. and will be moderated by RRFN farm broadcasters with an opportunity for the public to participate. A variety of topics will be addressed focusing on farm policy and pocketbook issues.

Vilsack was appointed by President Barack Obama and sworn into office on January 21, 2009. Prior to his appointment, Vilsack served two terms as the Governor of Iowa. This is the second time in three years the agriculture secretary has been part of the Red River Farm Network Issues and Events Center schedule. In 2008, Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer participated in the RRFN program at the Big Iron Farm Show.

The three-day event will also feature a variety of field demonstrations, an antique tractor and farm machinery display, health screenings, a gigantic arts and craft show, and special ladies activities, along with a variety of other happenings.

There is no gate admission and plenty of free parking and on grounds transportation will also be provided.

So if you have a little bit of free time or a whole day to spend, stop on out to Big Iron XXX and see what the excitement is all about.

You'll be treated to an educational, learning experience, emphasizing Midwest agribusiness, you aren't likely to experience anywhere else in the region.

Also check out our special Big Iron section in this week's publications for additional details about the event.