The 2008 Farm Progress Show site at Boone, Iowa, is well on its way to completion for this year's construction plans. The nation's largest outdoor farm show will be held Aug. 26-28 at this location, its newest permanent biennial home.
"Everything is on pace," says Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress national shows manager, after his weekly meeting with the site developing engineers and construction managers Thursday afternoon. "All construction scheduled for this year will be completed in time for this year's show."
All the major earth-moving will be finished this week. Then it's on to the final phase of the grass seeding and perimeter fence installation which starts next week. Some of the upgraded show features that are nearly finished include permanent restrooms and hard surfaced roads - two features that really enhance the comfort factors for show visitors.
The site's storm sewer and drainage systems were in place earlier this spring and have easily handled all the rain received at the site. The site includes multiple features designed to manage an even greater quantity of moisture than what has been received so far this year.
Field crops and plots are planted and growing, as well. Electricity and telephone systems are 60% completed.
"The exhibit field is really coming together and large areas are show-ready. The tent companies will be on site July 14 to start their work," notes Jungmann. "Many show exhibit service providers will begin their preparations later in July and exhibitors start their setup August 11," he adds.
Long-term facilities for the show known as the "Super Bowl of Agriculture" have been established to avoid weather-related interruptions and to provide visitors and exhibitors with even better show experiences. Visitors at the 2005 and 2007 shows held at its first permanent biennial location near Decatur, Ill., have been very impressed with the show’s upgraded facilities. The show now rotates between the Boone and Decatur sites.
The Boone site is developed on nearly 600 acres at the intersection of U.S. Highway 30 and Iowa Highway 17.
Keep up on the latest information about the show by visiting www.farmprogressshow.com.