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Editorial: Volunteers make FTD don't-miss event

In late 2006, Pierce County began the process of applying to host Wisconsin Farm Technology Days 2010.

In the 3-½ years since, hundreds of people from the county's towns, villages and cities have divided up the work, met in small groups, planned, strategized and just plain worked their hearts out to pull off this three-day event.

Each year, Farm Tech Days, hosted by a different county, draws tens of thousands of visitors. This is the first time Pierce County has played host and residents have stepped up in droves to make their county proud.

Booths and tents are assigned, schedules are set and the volunteers who will help during the July 20-22 show itself are trained or being trained.

Already, contractors have started erecting the "tent city" that will hold displays, booths and entertainment. The site is so large you'll need a map to find your way through the carefully laid out streets and avenues, appropriately dubbed with names such as Peterson, Vorwald and Kinnickinnic avenues.

This combination agricultural trade show and outdoor fair will offer something for nearly everyone--from production agriculturalists studying the latest and largest in farm technology to families looking for an inexpensive day of fun.

While the focus of the show is on farming in general, those attending will have the chance to sample Pierce County's unique flavors.

From Ellsworth cheese curds to locally made maple treats and chocolate truffles, visitors can get a real taste of the county, while in the Family Living Tent and on the Youth Stage local performers will show that Pierce County's got talent.

Nationally known horse drill and hitch teams will entertain in the Fleet Farm arena, and local 4-Hers will offer demonstrations and performances. Walking and tram tours will offer visitors guided insights into FTD exhibits as well as state-of-the-art improvements on the Roger and Bev Peterson family farm itself.

We'd say, "Mark your calendars," but we'll assume you've already done that. Now, we say prepare yourself to see our part of the state in a way you never have before.