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Snow can’t slow down Eau Claire Farm Show


Eau Claire (WQOW)- The Eau Claire Farm Show celebrates its 50th anniversary with a big turnout; no thanks to Mother Nature.  Event organizers were concerned the snow would keep people inside, but don't try to tell that to a farmer.

It doesn't matter if you've been to the Eau Claire Farm Show twenty times or never before.  There's always something for everyone.

Event organizers were concerned that the snow would cause low turnout numbers, but that certainly has not been the case on this first day.  The parking lot was absolutely packed and it just goes to show if a Wisconsin farmer wants to get somewhere, they are going to get there.

"I know farmers," states Wisconsin Agrability Project Director Richard Straub.  "They have to deal with this type of stuff everyday on the farm and they'll persevere to come to a show like this."

"I was very shocked," says Aspen Dairy Solutions' Troy Homan.  "I didn't think we'd see hardly anybody until about noon or afternoon and it has been a steady flow here all morning long."

"Sometimes when it is bad outside, the snow does bring the farmers because what else do they have to do?" asks Sally Henry, a co-owner of the event.

"I couldn't afford to miss today," laughs CVTC student Derek Gotter.

"I'm really excited to see the new equipment, the new products that are being showcased here for agriculture," says Alice in Dairyland's Rochelle Ripp.  "It's a huge business here in Wisconsin representing $59 billion for our state's economy."

"I didn't expect it to be this busy," responds Value Implement's T.J. Poeschel.  "Usually this farm show is a very well-organized put-together farm show so you always get your spectators."

Besides bringing people inside, the snow could result in another positive.  But it won't be seen until the spring.

"All this moisture will certainly help in the upcoming grow season," Ripp reveals.  "Our farmers are preparing their equipment right now to get ready to hit the fields as soon as they are able and as soon as it thaws out a bit.  So we are looking forward to a successful 2013 and hoping that Mother Nature cooperates this year."

The event is going on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center.

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