Large crowds attended the first day of the 2012 Greater Peoria Farm Show. (Photo by Carrie Muehling/WJBC)
By Carrie Muehling
PEORIA – The Greater Peoria Farm Show opened for its 31st year Tuesday at the Peoria Civic Center with more to show farmers than ever before.
“We’ve got more vendors this year than we’ve ever had in the history of the show, and we’ve got more products than we’ve ever had in the history of the show,” said Ron Bormaster, manager of the Greater Peoria Farm Show. “We feel very, very proud of what is here and I think everybody that comes to the show is going to enjoy everything they get to see, all the newest and innovative in products.”
Bormaster said the show is nearly out of space but continues to find more places to put vendors. The availability of the newest and most innovative products in farming all in one place makes it easy for farmers, who usually have a specific goal in mind when attending the show.
“I think that’s the most people I’ve seen in here on the first day on the first morning of the show, and it’s absolutely great,” said Bormaster, who estimates 25,000 to 30,000 people will attend the show over the three days.
There is no admission to the show, and each day at noon organizers hold a $1000 giveaway of “show bucks” to be used during this year’s event. Winners must be present to claim the prize.
The Greater Peoria Farm Show continues through Nov. 29 at the Peoria Civic Center.
Carrie Muehling can be reached at email@example.com.