EAGAN, MINNESOTA, September 14, 2022 – IDEAg Group LLC., producers of Minnesota Farmfest and Dakotafest, announces strong attendance at the August 2022 farm shows. The Farmfest show grounds welcomed 28,000 show-goers and Dakotafest experienced an increase over 2019 and 2021 of 27,100 people through the gates.
“Overall, we were so excited to see farmers and the regional rural communities in attendance at our shows,” said Melissa Sanders Carroll, Executive Director, Business Operations and Revenue Development for American Farm Bureau Federation and IDEAg, “Our goal each year is to provide an opportunity for ag producers and agribusinesses to connect and share ideas while also providing a family-friendly, fun environment to do it in. We were thrilled with the turnout.”
The Farmfest Forums brought crowds to the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center stage for three days of political and educational sessions. The Wed., Aug. 3 debate between Gov. Tim Walz and his opponent Dr. Scott Jensen was among the highest attended at the show. All three-days of sessions can be viewed on Farmfest.com.
At Dakotafest, Tues. Aug 15 attendees joined the Carbon Pipeline Forum and the Governor’s Ag Innovation Forum. Recordings of all three days of sessions can be viewed on Dakotafest.com. Additionally, the BioZyme livestock tent and the new Networking Lounge experienced heavy foot traffic.
Show organizers bestowed this year’s Farmfest Woman Farmer of the Year award to Kristin Reiman-Duden of Princeton, Minn. The Dakotafest Woman Farmer/Rancher of the Year award went to VeaBea Thomas of Harrold, S.D. Each woman’s hard work and dedication to her family farm earned her the one-thousand-dollar top prize and the title of the Woman Farmer/Rancher of the Year.
Next year’s Farmfest event will take place August 1-3, 2023, and Dakotafest will take place August 15-17, 2023.