HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Star Expos and Kansas State Fair are partnering up to bring a brand-new expo to the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, scheduled for March 30 through April 1.
Partnering with the Kansas State Fair and Visit Hutch gives the Kansas Ag Expo the opportunity to showcase a more diverse expo to include manufacturers and a wide variety of products and services for all to enjoy.
The expo is new, but the Star Expos team is far from new, especially to Kansas.
Previously named the Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo, Star Expos are excited to move their network from Great Bend, Kansas to a more ideal trade location in Hutchinson.
Chance Koetter, Star Expos president, said the main reason for moving the expo from Great Bend to Hutchinson, “is to just promote growth within the show itself, then kind of find a venue that is promoting itself.”
“We think that the [Kansas] State Fairgrounds shows a lot of potential in taking care of its own vendors and affiliates,” Koetter said. “It seems to be growing and so we want to be part of that if we can, and then also put an ag show together for everybody involved in agriculture within central Kansas.
Koetter hopes that people will see the benefits of the new venue in Hutchinson as worth traveling to.
“Great Bend was a good town, we met a lot of good people back there, but sometimes it's just time for a change,” Koetter said. “This is just a little better set up with the lanes and it’s not so spread out, so everyone can be grouped together a little better.
With over 35 trade expos under their belt, Star Expos is a familiar face to the trade show world. Star Expos is a Kansas owned company that brings professionalism and a tremendous network of vendors to agriculture and the western industry.
“We are happy to have the opportunity to partner with Star Expos and the Kansas State Fairgrounds to host the Kansas Ag Expo in Hutchinson for the next three years,” Holly Leiker, Director of National Sales & Sports Events for Visit Hutch, said. “The Kansas Ag Expo will bring another large event to the community and further help showcase the importance of ag tourism as an economic driver Hutchinson.”
The show will be located in the Meadowlark, Sunflower South, and Sunflower North buildings of the Kansas State Fairgrounds, along with numerous outdoor exhibits.
The venue will boast over 92,000 square feet of exhibit space as well as additional exhibits outside on the runway.
Exhibit booths will include exhibitors from 27 U.S. states, Canada, Australia, and England. The Kansas Ag Expo is on track to be one of the largest farm shows in the U.S.
The show staff is excited about the new venue that will be able to house various seminars and demonstrations. It will be a premier livestock, farm equipment, and manufacturers show in the High Plains.
Star Expos said there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
For more information contact the show office at (866) 685-0989, or by email at [email protected].
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