Tuesday morning will be like any day at Ebert Enterprises LLC, with the possible exception of the thousands and thousands of visitors.
After four years of planning, the big dairy and cattle farm outside Algoma is hosting Wisconsin Farm Technology Days 2017, the state’s largest agricultural exposition. For three days Ebert Enterprise is the center of the Wisconsin agriculture industry, and between 30,000 and 45,000 people are expected to attend the expo with its 60-acre tent city and hundreds of exhibits.
The outdoor event showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture, including many practical applications of recent research findings and technological developments.
Mother Nature is expected to cooperate at least for Day One – the forecast is for a mostly sunny day with a high of 84. Showers and thunderstorms may move in on Wednesday, and Thursday’s forecast is for cloudy skies and 73.
Visitors have only seven hours a day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) to take in hundreds of exhibitions and activities. A review of the official program is advised ahead of time.
Gov. Scott Walker is among the dignitaries planning to take part in the 9:30 a.m. opening ceremony in the Family Living Tent, which is the site of presentations ranging from talks by Alice in Dairyland and local historian Virginia Feld-Johnson to performances by Let Me Be Frank productions and the Luxemburg-Casco Community Band.
Other features and first-day events:
The Heritage area features more than 150 tractors (plus antique models) and 20-25 choppers, with a blacksmith shop open all days, historic displays and daily cordwood, threshing, corn harvest and silage demonstrations.
Innovation Square features new advances in technology developed by agricultural companies and university faculty. The square also highlights Kewaunee County’s unique agricultural products in a farmers market, including maple syrup makers, tree farmers, breweries and other local family farms.
Field demonstrations highlight new technology in tillage, mechanical rock picking and direct-cut forage harvesting.
The University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Education Station features innovative technology that supports the state’s agriculture. UW-Extension specialists will offer discussions of various topics at a speaker’s stage, with Tuesday focusing on dairy, Wednesday on farm management and Thursday on water.
Progress Pavilion exhibits display information from agencies that support the farm community.
Horsemen Chris Cox and Dan James are scheduled to conduct clinics in the Equine Tent and Arena. Children’s musician Randy Peterson and Packerland Kennel Club are among Tuesday performers in the Youth Agriculture Adventure area.