MACOMB, IL – This year will mark the 50th annual Farm Expo, hosted by Western Illinois University's Agriculture Mechanization (Ag Mech) Club. The expo will take place Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 8-9 in Western Hall.
Admission to the expo is open free to the public from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Free parking for the event is located in Q-lot, adjacent to Western Hall.
"This year's show has extra meaning as it is not only the 50th Ag Mech Show, but the 100th anniversary of the WIU School of Agriculture," said Ag Mech Club Advisor Jana Knupp. "We hope to see many of our alumni come through the show to see some new additions to the show, as well as stay to attend our celebration dinner on Saturday evening. It will be a great weekend to celebrate the long standing success of the WIU School of Agriculture."
This year's expo will be fun for all ages. There will be a "Kid's Corner," which will have bouncy houses, face painting, balloon artists and caricatures, all which are also free.
A new addition to the Ag Expo this year is a "Grain to Glass" section featuring samples of products from local breweries and vineyards. Guests may purchase sampling tickets or a full glass of their favorite beverage at the show.
In addition to this Farm Expo being the 50th, the School of Agriculture will celebrate it's 100th anniversary. One portion of the expo will be dedicated to the School of Agriculture and it's history.
The School of Agriculture 100-year anniversary dinner will be held Saturday, Feb. 8. There will be a cocktail hour at 5 p.m. and dinner will be at 6 p.m. The anniversary dinner will be held in the WIU University Union in the Heritage Room.
Free will donations will be accepted at the event.