3i Show organizers expect good turnout

DODGE CITY, Kan. (KSNW) — Exhibitors are busy today preparing for the 3i Show.

It’s the show’s 62nd year and organizers say it’s been growing. Despite the loss farmers and the agriculture industry have experienced recently, organizers don’t expect the event to be affected. They actually think it’s more of a reason for people to come to the event.

“We’ve got to start focusing more on exactly what is happening in agriculture..and I’m talking about the political side of it and everything. Agriculture needs to be a top priority,” said Eddie Estes, 3i Show organizer.

They acknowledge this past year hasn’t been the best for the agriculture industry, but that made them work harder to make sure companies knew about the event.

Organizers said the show has exhibitors from 33 states, plus exhibitors from Canada.

People are encouraged to come and learn about what’s involved in putting food on the table, such as learning about what tools producers use and what tools they need.

There’s also a High School Ag Career Day tomorrow. It’s a new exhibit, and around 300 students plan to attend. The teenagers will meet with companies, engineers and sales people in the agriculture industry. Organizers hope the students realize how many opportunities are available for them.

“I mean, young people today are so sharp, and they’ve got all these opportunities…and grab that phone, iPAD or whatever. They know quicker than most of us do,” said Estes.

Organizers say they’re pleased with how many exhibitors are here at the event. They know it’s something they look forward to.

“It’s a good connection, good way to meet new clients, new prospective clients, plus just staying in touch with our existing clients,” said Mike Ochs, with MAP Inc.

Organizers and exhibitors expect a good turnout these next three days.