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Stratford centennial
(1891-1991)

Wisconsin farm progress days 1974,   pp. 271-274


Page 273

It's the big show - Farm Progress Days!
Farm Progress Days is the second largest outdoor show
of its kind in the United States, and the top agricultural show
in Wisconsin. It is scheduled to take place July 30 and 31 and
Aug. 1 on the Kenneth and Richard Leick farm near Stratford.
What is Farm Progress Days? It is an annual three-day
event set up on a rotation basis starting with grassland empha-
sis in June, small grain and tillage operations in the summer
months, and corn harvest and tillage operations in October.
Farm Progress Days was held in Fond du Lac County in
1973, featuring corn and soybean crops.
This year it is being held in Marathon County, and puts
emphasis on forage crops as related to the county's 84,200
dairy ccws, (nearly five per cent of all milk cows in Wiscon-
sin) producing 859 million pounds of milk in 1973.
Four steps must be taken before a county can receive
authorization to conduct Farm Progress Days: First, the
county's agricultural committee must apply to the State Board
of Directors. Second, the County Board must appropriate
$5,000 to underwrite the event. In every county to date, the
executive committee has paid this money back to the county
after the event.
Third, the county must agree to follow the general
memorandum agreement between the State Board of Direc-
tors and the county executive committee. Fourth, the county
must agree to have the county agricultural agent serve as
executive secretary of the executive committee.
About 20 different committees must be organized, in-
cluding site selection, finance, commercial exhibits, utilities,
food, traffic, parking, grounds, educational exhibits,
women's committee, field layout and demonstration, youth
committee, livestock crowd conduct, signs, model home,
program committee, public relations, publicity and conserva-
tion.
The event is held in a different county each year. A
county must be authorized by the State Board of Directors to
hold the event.
Farm Progress Days is a long-established program, hav-
ing been incorporated in 1954.
The executive committee of Farm Progress Days, pictured above, is responsible for the smooth operation of Wisconsin's
greatest agricultural event of the year, slated for July 30 and 31 and Aug. 1 at the Kenneth and Richard Leick farm near Stratford.
In the front row are, from left, George Fergot, grounds chairman; Frederick Werner, chairman; George F. Hartman, executive
secretary; Alfred King, transportation, and Loddie Loskot, recording secretary. In the back row are, from left, Tom Davis, trans-
portation; Fred Mittelstadt, parking; David Smith, hospitality; Leo Martin, layout and demonstrations, and Calvin Cook, signs
committee chairman. Missing from the picture is Charles Anderson, finance committee.


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