The Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo officially opened Wednesday morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Expo III. Sponsors, city officials and promoter Darren Dale and his family were at the event.
“It’s always great to be back in Great Bend,” Dale said. “I want to thank everyone that helps with the show. Without these people this could not happen. I also want thank all of our great sponsors. They are always on board and go beyond to make the show a great experience for everyone that is involved.”
Before the ribbon cutting, Dale presented Volunteer of the Year awards to Kevin and Nancy Sundahl.
“We have so many volunteers, it is really hard to pick,” Dale said. “Some of the volunteers really go above and beyond to help with the show. They put in so much time and effort.”
The show will be open for extended hours today, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and it will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. Admission and parking are free.
There is still time to catch the main attractions at the expo that include:
• The Legendary Dale Brisby — This award-winning bull rider will be there to entertain the crowd today and Friday at 1 p.m. in Expo III.
• Horse training demonstrations with clinician JD Wing today and Friday.
• Bradford Cattledogs will be doing stock dog demonstrations.
• Ebert Ranch will demonstrate chute-side service.
• There are a variety of activities in Expo III, including K-State seminars, market analysis and demonstrations.
There are over 700 booths filled with exhibitors from 27 states, Canada, Australia and England.
“This is one of the largest farm shows in the United States. We have many exciting exhibits and activities planned for this year,” Dale said.