The Illinois site that's the home every other year to the annual Farm Progress Show is undergoing an expansion.
More than 400,000 square feet is being added to the site in Decatur, according to show manager Matt Jungmann, who says the extra space built in to the site in 2004 quickly became needed.
"By the 2009 show, we had used up all of that flex space," says Jungmann. "The '13 show, the last time we were in town, we built an annex outside the gate. The exhibitor demand kind of dictated we go ahead with this expansion."
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Jungmann says that will allow 125 exhibitors on a waiting list to get in to this year's show which starts September first.
"This move to the permanent site has led to more emphasis by the exhibitors on the Farm Progress Show," says Jungmann. "They are investing more money in the event because they have a better feeling that the show is going to come off" despite concerns about weather. Plus, Jungmann says, more space is needed because many farm implements are getting larger.
In addition to exhibitors this year, country music star Craig Morgan is slated to perform.
The other permanent Farm Progress Show site, moved to that format a decade ago, is in Boone, Iowa.