Volunteers safety training for Farm Technology Day is underway

By: Olga Michail Email
By: Olga Michail Email

RIDGELAND, Wis. (WAEU) -- One of the largest agricultural trade shows in the Midwest is making its way to our area this summer. The 2013 Farm Technology Days will be held in Barron this year.

Close to 60 thousand people attend the show and 12-hundred volunteers are helping organize it.

“It's an opportunity that we're rarely see-Farm Technology Days come this close to our area,” said volunteer Larry Moen.
“It's really something. It’s the farthest north it's really been. It’s creating a lot of excitement in Baron County,” said volunteer Craig Wirth.

“Volunteers are the life blood of the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days; it's just not possible to put on the show of this size and magnitude without a large workforce,” said Executive Secretary of the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days 2013, Tim Jergenson.

The Ridgeland Community Center hosted close to 170 volunteers throughout the day. Many of them farm families, spouses and father and son duos.

“We work together every day, all year around, so we get to bond a lot,” laughed Barry Wirth, who came along to volunteer with his father, Craig Wirth.

“It's kind of nice to be able to see familiar faces from the area, but not just getting together, but actually putting on a show together,” added the son of Larry Moen-John Moen, who also followed his dad into volunteering for Farm Technology Days this year.

Most of the volunteers at the orientation were trained on how to use UTV’s to insure the safety of the drivers and the passengers during the actual event.

“It’s a refresher ; making sure you’re paying attention to people, not just the equipment, being aware that anything can happen, people are unpredictable,” said John Moen.

“They will be working with equipment; they will be working in the hospitality area; selling tickets at the gates; they will be serving food; a lot of jobs, a lot of different jobs that we'll be training these people for,” said Jergenson.

The show travels from county to county, and it took the committee three years to put the event together.

“We showcase the most important innovations in agricultural technology, so framers have an opportunity to actually see and touch it and kick the tires sort of speak, and then actually see it in operation out in some of our field demonstrations,” added Jergenson.

The event will be held on the Breezy Hill Dairy Farm in Dallas, Barron County, From July 9-11. For more information visit click here.

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