3i Show Off To a Good Start

Great weather likely to reduce attendance, but 3i Show garners record exhibitors

The first day of the annual 3i Show started a little slow, thanks mostly to a beautiful, sunny day that allowed many farmers to get into the fields and get corn planted.

Show sponsors say they are used to taking their chances on competing with the need to get farm work done, and were pleased that this year's show in Great Bend has a record number of exhibitors.

Vendors I talked to on the first afternoon of the show were mostly optimistic about this year's prospects and said they saw strong interest in their products from farmers who were in attendance.

They said they understand farmers' need to get planting done while nature cooperates, even if it means fewer viewers at the exhibits they have set up at the show grounds.

That record number of vendors, meanwhile, is a boon to the local economy of Great Bend, where virtually every hotel room was booked Wednesday night.

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