Live from the 3i Show: It's Ag Career Day

Live from the 3i Show: It's Ag Career Day

Annual 3i Show in Dodge City kicks off today; tradition of High School Ag Career Day returns

If you are planning to be at today's opening of the annual 3i Show in Dodge City, keep an eye out for an abundance of blue and gold jackets.

High School Ag Day is making a return at this year's show. Opening ceremonies will be at 10 a.m. today, but high schoolers on the grounds will be getting started at 9 a.m.

The students will be able to choose from four or five of nine career information seminars, which will begin each hour, on the hour. At 10 a.m., they can choose to attend opening ceremonies or squeeze in an additional seminar.

Topics include beef quality assurance, diesel safety, drone flying, farm first aid, GPS, livestock safety, robotics, food science, or welding.

GOOD WEATHER FORECAST: The annual 3i Show moves to October this year to escape the heat that plagued the event's July dates for the last couple of years. The forecast this year is mostly sunny with a high today of 83 and upper temperatures in the low 70s for Friday and Saturday.

With the show dates moved from July to October this year, the event once again falls within the school year, making the return of the high school event possible.

Visitors to this year's show will also get a chance to visit with exhibitors at more than 500 booths featuring everything from health and fitness products to aviation training to livestock handling and equipment available for Ride and Drive.

You can find information about all show events and locate exhibitors both inside the Western Bank Expo building and on the outside show grounds by downloading the 3iShow app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

A sampling of what's at the show

Agricultural Data & Drones will be holding daily drone demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the northeast corner of the show grounds. They will be flying both quad-copter and fixed-wing style drones.

Victory Electric Cooperative linemen will be doing daily, live, high-voltage demonstrations from their booth in Outside Space 128. The demonstrations are designed to teach students and adults alike about electricity, electrical safety and lightning safety. Each demonstration will be presented in a manner appropriate for the age of the viewing audience.

Dixie Chopper will be featuring a daily Ride and Drive event to let showgoers experience the chance to drive a zero-turn lawn mower around a race track.

There will also be Ride and Drive opportunities at the Ford Backup to the Future of Tough event where attendees can experience the Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature,

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will offering archery shooting on Friday and Saturday.

For show attendees feeling lucky, the Kansas lottery will be around, offering a chance to win at lottery games, including a chance to scratch a $2 ticket to win a Motoped Survival Bike while at the show.

You can also take a pro-active stance toward better health at the show with free sight, hearing, blood pressure and diabetes testing at the Lions Club mobile screen unit or by attending any one of several health seminars being offered by the Western Plains Medical Complex.

The weather forecast is for sunny skies and a high of 83 degrees.

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