Wednesday morning, Great Bend Chamber of Commerce officers and ambassadors were on hand at the Great Bend Expo Complex to open the 2015 Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo. President Jan Peters welcomed the many farmers, ranchers, and members of the community who stopped in first thing in the morning to check out the vendors while a cool mist slowly burned off. It was better than in years past, she noted, and the forecast for the next two days the show will run is predicted to be mild also.
Peters introduced Darren Dale, owner of Star Enterprises, the organizer of the show. He spoke of the many activities and guests at the show this year. They include horse training demonstrations by Scott Daily, stock dog demonstrations by Bradford Cattledogs, and appearances by Lauren Heaton, Miss Rodeo America 2015.
Several seminars will be featured throughout the three-day Expo from vendors for seed, insurance, ag and ranch equipment, and more.
As part of the opening ceremony, Dale presented two awards for Ag Supporter of the Year. They went to Marty Wess at KSN television, and to Great Bend Co Op. Two awards were also presented for Volunteer of the Year, one to Dennis Neiland and the other to Mike Boyes.
The Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo will continue today from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Entrance and parking are free.