(Connie Jo Discoe/McCook Daily Gazette)
Show manager Darren Dale of Star Expos, rural Benkelman, Nebraska, said his farm and ranch show is the only farm show in the U.S. that includes a registered horse sale with it. The working ranch horse sale and benefit FFA auction, sponsored by Tres Rios Silver, begins at 6 p.m., Wednesday.
Horses for sale will be in the open stalls southwest of the Kiplinger Arena.
Wednesday's activities begin with a free producers breakfast from 7:30 a.m. until 9 a.m.; booths will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
On Thursday, booths are open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
There will be free admission and free parking both days.
Dale said he has booked 350 vendors, including 75 that will set up in the new "Trudy Arena" south of the Kiplinger and an open-air pavilion. He's booked a vender from Saskatchewan, Canada, and one each from Washington State and Baltimore, Maryland.
Last year, approximately 12,000 people visited the two-day affair. Dale's expecting more this year, with forecasts of good weather and highs in the 50s.