Topeka Farm Show Celebrates 25th Anniversary With 580 WIBW As Sponsor

It’s in the history books.

For 25 years, the Topeka Farm Show has been a major event attracting farmers and ranchers from throughout the Midwest to Kansas’ capital city to see the latest innovations in the state and nation’s most essential industry.

“Our silver anniversary show, featuring 550 booths representing more than 300 companies from throughout the country offering about as many different kinds of agricultural products, was a tremendous success,” evaluated Steve Guenthner, show director for Tradexpos, Austin, Minnesota.

“Tradexpos owner Jack Thill saw the potential for a show in the then-relatively-new Kansas ExpoCentre at Topeka several years before starting it. Tradexpos had a special beef show in Topeka a year earlier, following trend of what had been the Mid-America Fair for more than a half century, and decided to go ahead and develop a complete farm show the next year,” Guenthner said.

Steve Guenthner

“It has continued to grow, and attendance this year was 29,453,” Guenthner related. “In talking to exhibitors during move out, all sales were great with several companies setting new sales records for the show.”

“The Topeka Farm Show is a tremendous success story, and 580 WIBW is proud to have cooperated in sponsorship from the beginning. Agriculture is the key industry in Kansas, and to have the show here in the state’s capital emphasizes the importance of that industry,” said Kelly Lenz, 580 WIBW Farm Director, at a special anniversary party for this year’s exhibitors.

Kelly Lenz

Guenther expressed appreciation to the Topeka Farm Show exhibitors, and acknowledged that some businesses have been a part of the show since its beginning.

H.R. Cook, general manager of the Kansas ExpoCentre, spoke to the group emphasizing importance of the Topeka Farm Show not only as a most important annual activity at the ExpoCentre, but also to the city and state as well.

“The economic impact of the Topeka Farm Show is very significant to us and all of Topeka and everybody in Kansas,” Cook admitted, as he presented an appreciation plaque to Guenthner.

Don Ankrom, Salem, Nebraska, won the drawing among all Topeka Farm Show registrants for enough Midland Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean seed to plant 50 acres “It has a value of $2,900,” Guenthner noted.

R. Cook, general manager of the Kansas ExpoCentre, presented an appreciation plaque to Steve Guenthner, Topeka Farm Show director for Tradexpos, Austin, Minnesota, during the 25th annual show.

“More than 1,000 people signed up at the 580 WIBW booth during the show. Winner of the Ariat boots donated by Roy Frey Western Lifestyles was Elaine Berger of Barnes,” said Lenz, who visited with attendees and did live interviews at the show, along with Greg Akagi and Dan Johnson, also of the 580 WIBW Farm Department.

A dedicated Tradexpos staff including Guenthner, Betty Mullenbach, Deb Golberg, Fred Cline and John Thill assisted throughout the 25th edition of the Topeka Farm Show.

A dedicated Tradexpos staff including Guenthner, Betty Mullenbach, Deb Golberg, Fred Cline and John Thill assisted throughout the show.

The 2015 Topeka Farm Show is set for the Kansas ExpoCentre, January 6-7-8,  Guenthner announced. Information is available at



Topeka Farm Show To Celebrate Silver Anniversary At Expocentre This Week

It’s silver anniversary time.

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Steve Guenther

“That’s the 25th annual edition of the Topeka Farm Show this week, Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 7-8-9, at the Kansas Expocentre,” announced Steve Guenther, of Tradexpos, show producers from Austin, Minnesota.

“Again, and for the 25th year, 580 WIBW is proud to be cooperating with the Topeka Farm Show, and the 580 WIBW Farm Department will be broadcasting live from the show all three days,” according to 580 WIBW Farm Director Kelly Lenz, who will be at the booth, along with Greg Akagi, 580 WIBW Farm Editor, and Dan Johnson, 580 WIBW Farm Reporter.

With free parking and free admission, the show is to be open Tuesday from 9 to 5, Wednesday, 9 to 8, and Thursday, 9 to 4.

“Special educational seminars and healthcare programs are additional features for the show which attracts more than 30,000 visitors every year. Since the first year, 1989, the show has now grown to more than 550 booths by 300 companies dealing in different kinds of agricultural products,” Guenther said. “

Kelly Lenz

Feature attractions include free health screenings by Stormont-Vail Health Care, and free well water nitrate testing by the Shawnee County Health Agency. Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging will offer caregiving and agency information. All will be in the Atrium at Exhibition Hall.

Scott Daily will be presenting horsemanship clinics, also free to the public, every day at Domer Arena. They’re set for 12:30, and 3:30, Tuesday; 1 o’clock, and 6 o’clock, Wednesday; and 11:30, and 2:30, Thursday.

Live cattle displays as well as equipment specifically related to the livestock industry are to be in Domer Arena throughout the show.

The Kansas Soybean Expo 2014 is scheduled at Maner Conference Center, on Wednesday, starting at 8:30, and continuing to mid-afternoon.

Greg Akagi

A special grand prize drawing for Midland Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean seed, enough to plant 50 acres, will be given in a special grand prize drawing at the show.

“Everyone attending the Topeka Farm Show is welcome to sign up for this drawing at the front desk in Exhibition Hall, and it is not necessary to be present to win the seed with a value of $2,900,” Guenther said.

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Foolish Venture Is ‘Wonderful’

“He must be a fool. The high’s supposed to be 19 degrees.”

After that comment from several, there was question in our mind. Then, others suggested: “They surely won’t have it. Nobody will come.”

Doubt was all around, so we made five calls, and the lady in charge declared: “The parade will go on. The sun’s supposed to shine. No wind and one weatherman forecasted it’d get to 20.”

Assuring our truck-driver she wouldn’t have to ride in the parade if assistance was provided in preparation, away we went.

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