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Pierce organizers impressed with Dodge Farm Tech Days

Back from Farm Technology Days in Dodge County last month, members of the organizing committee for next summer's event in Pierce County liked what they saw.

"The Dodge County show was one of the strongest in the last 10 years," Greg Andrews of Pierce's committee said Friday, citing strong attendance, organization and planning, and vendor and exhibitor satisfaction.

Consequently, the show near Waterloo was "one of the best catapults" the Pierce group could hope for, Andrews said. He shadowed its leaders to prepare for the version here at the Roger and Bev Peterson farm south of River Falls in July of 2010. And he hinted local organizers would do well to simulate their effort a year from now.

"But shows don't compete," he said, indicating a Pierce presence at Dodge County's was an opportunity "to build something."

Andrews said he was especially impressed with the strong attendance on the final two days of Dodge's show. Instead of tapering off, as these events often do, the crowds were almost as big as during the opening day.

That first day, July 21, drew approximately 20,000 people, Mel Pittman of Pierce's committee said last week, understanding the three-day total for the exposition near Waterloo was close to 80,000.

Andrews was also pleased with interest in a promotional booth set up about Pierce County on the Crave Brothers farm. He said many visitors saw the display and asked questions. Although some confused River Falls with Black River Falls, at least their inquiries were a positive sign.

At the promotional tent, apparel touting Pierce's show was sold, there were toy tractors and the 1949 Farmall Cub tractor to be raffled off in Pierce next year was on display, Pittman said. He and Andrews agreed there was a good response from vendors about coming here in '10. The former said Pierce's group handed out invitation packets wherever they went through the 60-acre "tent city" in Dodge County. They also hosted an exhibitor banquet as a show of appreciation and an enticement for them to come, giving away door prizes, including gift baskets filled with items from here.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Aug. 5.