DODGE CITY, Kansas – Dodge City is gearing up for its huge agri-business showcase. The 3i show starts Thursday and KSN’s Molly Brewer has been out at the site all day. She has the details on what you can expect.
The three “I’s” in 3i stand for industry, implements and irrigation, and companies are setting up displays in preparation for the show. Organizers say this is one of the largest 3i shows yet.
We’ve seen everything from home detector systems to vintage tractors and everything in between.
“This is a great height right here for sanding and grinding,” said Clint Birkeland with Lee Unlimited Power Benches. Birkland traveled from South Dakota to show off his portable work bench.
His is one of over one thousand companies at the western state bank expo center.
“We have been in the process, Dodge City has, of building additional hotels in the area,” said Melissa McCoy, Dodge City’s development coordinator. “We’re adding additional campsites and things and so that makes it easier for vendors.”
Some companies don’t have to travel very far at all.
Chris Holloman with Nebraska Irrigation said, “It’s my first time at the 3i show, but we come here every year. We have a warehouse just down the street from here.”
And already Holloman is impressed.
“I do a lot of shows for the company all over the U.S. and this is really a nice venue,” Holloman said.
Hosting the show in Dodge Cakes for a win-win for the city, too.
“The hotels are gonna be filled,” said McCoy. “There’ll be lots of different activities going on and we just love having people come visit us in Dodge City and take advantage of all we have to offer.”
There’s lots going on every day, including drone demos at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Dodge City Community College is working with 3i show exhibitors to host ag career day classes for high school students.
There are more than 500 vendors on site for this year’s event.
This year’s show runs through Saturday at the Western State Bank Expo building
Admission for the show is free.