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Farmfest gears up for annual run, Aug. 6-8

Date Modified: 08/14/2013 8:58 AM

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GILFILLAN, Minn. — It's the 32nd year of Minnesota's largest outdoor farm show and it promises to be another great year of exhibits, forums and food.

Farmfest is Aug. 6-8 at Gilfillan Estate in Redwood County. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 6 and Aug. 7 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8.

Admission is $12 for those 18 and older.

Pre-registration at a discounted rate is available at the Farmfest website, Parking is free at Farmfest.

Farmfest is located at the junction of highways 67 and 13. The address is 28366 County Highway 13, Morgan. From Redwood Falls, follow Highway 67 east. The show site is on the left hand side. From Morgan, follow Highway 67 west. The show site is on the right hand side. From Jackpot Junction, follow Highway 13 South. The show site is on the right.

Farmfest is known for its seed plots. This year, there are 18 seed plots filled with more than 230 varieties of corn and more than 190 varieties of soybeans. More than 600 companies will exhibit at Farmfest.

A new addition this year is the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center. The center, which looks like a huge red barn, replaces the Forum Tent. It will have fans, is open on two sides and has more seating than the Forum Tent. It will be dedicated at 8 a.m. the opening day of Farmfest.

Long-time Farmfest forum coordinator Kent Thiesse will fill the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center with all kinds of interesting forums during the three-day show. Featured forums are planned at 10:30 a.m. each day.

The Linder Farm Network Noontime Ag Jamboree will be broadcast live from the center daily. Uncle Roy and the Boys will provide entertainment.

Afternoon forums are planned on Aug. 6 and 7 and on Aug. 8 the Farm Families of the Year will be recognized at the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center.

Another busy place at Farmfest is the Craft, Toy, Home and Garden Pavilion. It's located inside gates one and two.

Daily programming is planned in the pavilion at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Topics to be covered include: Family Gardening, Gardening 101, Herb Gardening and Salsa Gardening.

Folks who want to get around Farmfest in faster fashion may want to rent a golf cart. Call Toby at NB Golf Cars to reserve a cart prior to the show. Troy's number is (605) 275-4653. The golf cart rental station is inside gates one and two at Farmfest.

New this year is a mock vehicle inspection conducted by the Minnesota State Patrol and Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The mock inspections will take place twice daily, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., at the Nuss Truck and Equipment booth on the northeast side of the grounds. It's located on 10th and University.

Farmfest became an annual tradition in 1982. Prior to that, it was held sporadically in different locations in Minnesota. Since 1994, Farmfest has been held at Gilfillan Estate. The event annually attracts more than 35,000 people.

Gilfillan Estate was willed to the Redwood County Historical Society to be kept in memory of Charles Oswin Gilfillan, who gifted several buildings in the area.

His father, Charles Duncan Gilfillan, purchased 13,000 acres in Redwood County and raised livestock for export to Great Britain.

The estate comes to life during Farmfest with public tours, food and the popular root beer floats. Old-time engines and antique farm machinery will be on display. Threshing, shelling and grinding demonstrations are held. Enjoy music under the shade of towering trees.