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January 5, 2009

KNID's Agrifest starts this Friday

This year’s KNID Agrifest is expected to be bigger than last year, when 45,000 people attended the two-day event.

The farm show will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Chisholm Trail Expo Center.

This is the 13th year for Agrifest and the second year Heidi Schultz, of Chisholm Trail Broadcasting, has been director. There will be 250 new vendors this year and planned events each day.

Farm police experts from American Farmers and Ranchers will discuss aspects of the new farm bill at 11 a.m. Friday. Topics include the new Average Crop Revenue Election program, the new supplemental disaster program, country of origin labeling, crop insurance and new payment limitations. There also will be a question-and-answer session.

Monsanto plans to bring in the E-85 Mustang, which is arguably the fastest Ford Mustang on earth and operates on ethanol fuel. The Mustang broke speed records at Bonneville, Utah, running more than 250 mph. The car is a project of Brent Hajek, of Ames.

Also on hand will be a custom combine provided by Machinery Link. Schultz called it a “pimped out” version of a modern combine.

Don Knapp, of the Wild Rose Ranch near Sulphur, will be on hand to demonstrate natural horse training. Knapp is new to Agrifest.

Admission and parking free.

“We also do a farm show in the Lawton area, and it surprises me that people will not go to that show, but will drive two hours from southwest Oklahoma and come here,” Schultz said. “We still have a tremendous turnout for a show of our size year after year. It’s always been a great show for vendors, and it amazes me how easy it is to fill and to bring in new people.”



SCHEDULE

Friday

9 a.m. — KNID Agrifest 2009 opens.

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