The organizers, hosts and volunteers for Farm Technology Days did themselves and Barron County proud by pulling off a virtually flawless 3-day run of one of the largest agricultural shows in the nation. About 40,000 people were treated to a well-run, diverse show on the ideal setting of Alex and Mary Olson's Breezy Hill Dairy Farm. Other than a briefly soggy start to the event, even the weather cooperated. The 4 years of careful planning behind the effort was evident even before visitors arrived at the event grounds with law enforcement guiding traffic and keeping it running smoothly. On the grounds the 650 commercial and education exhibitors provided something of interest for everyone from the farmer looking for the latest in high-tech equipment to those who wouldn't know a forage harvester from a combine. Well-spaced food tents kept visitors fed with some locally sourced food. There was also plenty of homegrown talent to keep all ages entertained. Some 1,500 volunteers helped make the show a success, but there were some key people in leadership roles who should be recognized in addition to the Olsons: people like the show's executive committee led by Audrey Kusilek and the county's UW-Extension agricultural agent Tim Jergenson. The show was not only successful in assisting those engaged in agriculture or agribusiness and in educating the public about this important sector of our economy, but also in demonstrating what people here in Barron County can accomplish when they work together.
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