Big Iron Farm Show brings agriculture to forefront


2023 ig Iron Farm Show logoA free concert and an Ag Education Center are two new additions to the 43rd annual Big Iron Farm Show presented by the Cass County Farm Bureau.

The annual celebration of agriculture includes informational exhibit booths, innovative field demonstrations and opportunities to see the latest in agriculture unveiled. And admission and parking are free!

This year, the Big Iron Farm Show will welcome visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 12-13, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, on the Red River Valley Fairgrounds, located at 1805 Main Ave. W., in West Fargo.

“The Big Iron Farm Show has been around for many, many years. You can see what’s new and what’s coming up. It’s a one-stop shop, where you get to see everybody in one area in a three-day show,” says Chris Prochnow, this year’s Big Iron Farm Show Committee chairperson who works with Pifer’s Auction & Realty.

Visitors are also welcome to attend a free outdoor concert at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, with country music singer Rodney Atkins performing at the grandstand, and an opening act by Zach Thomas.

A new Ag Education Center will be open this year, with displays showcasing agriculture. The year-round center was made possible by the North Dakota Soybean Council, the Cass County Farm Bureau and the North Dakota Farm Bureau to provide ag education to the community. Permanent displays will teach visitors about the ag industry and the importance of agriculture.

Inside the building, located near the Butler Arena, displays include a trivia game to test your ag knowledge, informational displays showing different products made from area crops and other fun activities for all ages.

North Dakota Living will partner with the Big Iron Farm Show to provide health information and preventive screenings in a convenient location, so farmers and ranchers can learn more about their own health.

Health screening services will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day of the show, Sept. 12-14, at the Health and Safety Center on the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo.

“We encourage visitors to the Big Iron Farm Show to take the time for these health screenings, which are so important. These simple screenings are an inexpensive way to catch any health risks and steer someone toward a more comprehensive visit with a physician,” says Duane Crabbe, advertising manager and organizer of the annual health event for North Dakota Living.

North Dakota Living partners with the Big Iron Farm Show to publish the official Big Iron Farm Show publication. And stop by North Dakota Living’s Booth Al7-9 to say hello during the show!

Luann Dart is a freelance writer and editor who lives in the Elgin area.