The Farm Progress show wrapped Thursday afternoon and organizers are calling the show a success for 2011.
Organizers by far are extremely pleased with the turnout for 2011. Opening day at Progress City on the campus of Richland Community College in Decatur was the biggest surprise by far. Matt Jungmann, national events manager for Farm Progress says beating the 2009 turnout was going to be tough, but overall he is extremely pleased with overall numbers.
With continued interest from exhibitors each year, the Farm Progress Show in Decatur is pushing the land limits they have. Beau Hanger is the "Mayor" of Progress City at Richland Community College. He feels with the continued growth of the show, eventually the exhibitors will fill up the 80 acres of land at the site.
One of the highlights of the show was a concert put on by country performer Rodney Atkins. Hanger notes the attendance for the show was the best for any concert put on by Richland Community College at Progress City.
With new permanent structures built on the site for the show this year, Progress City can now be used for more events other than the every other year event.
The Farm Progress Show moves to Iowa next summer, and returns to Decatur, the now permanent site for the Illinois show, in 2013. Organizers believe this years show went as good as it could have, however, they did see some small areas for improvement that will begin to be worked on.