Farm show coming up

NEW ULM — The 38th annual New Ulm Farm-City Hub Club Farm Show will be held Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, at the New Ulm Civic Center on the Brown County Fairgrounds in New Ulm. Friday’s hours are 1 to 8 p.m.; Saturday’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Hub Club show is the largest indoor farm show in south central Minnesota. It transforms the New Ulm Civic Center into a showcase for ag-related products and services. The exhibition area contains over 20,000 square feet of display space that promotes all facets of the agricultural industry.

This year’s show will have two very special presentations.

Past, present, and future farmers will want to hear “Machinery Pete”when he presents the 3 and 6:30 p.m. seminars on Friday, March 8.

Greg Peterson — known to farmers as “Machinery Pete” — has researched and tracked machinery auction prices across North America since 1989. His auction pricing database is the most comprehensive and complete of its kind. In his light-hearted presentation, Peterson will share stories of his travels in the machinery and auction business.

Children and their parents will want to be at the show at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9, when the 65th Princess Kay of the Milky Way — Rebekka Paskewitz of Browerville — will sit down with youngsters for story time, reading books about dairy farming and how farmers care for their cows. Princess Kay will also visit with kids at the Farm Show Office booth afterwards.

The show will feature eight seminars on a variety of topics — four each day.

Times, topics and presenters are:

• Friday, 1 p.m. — Quick and Easy Home Décor Inspiration by Inspired of New Ulm

• Friday, 3 p.m. — Machinery Pete.

• Friday, 5 p.m. — Farmers in Crisis: How You Can Help by Ted Matthews, Rural Mental Health Counselor

• Friday, 6:30 p.m. — Machinery Pete

• Saturday, 10 a.m. — Story Time with Princess Kay

• Saturday, 11 a.m. — Radon: The Unwanted Guest in Your House by Marc Katz, Minnesota Health Department

• Saturday, 1 p.m. — Creating that Great Perennial Garden by The Happy Horticulturist, Tony Guggisberg of River Creek Nursery

• Saturday, 2:30 p.m. — The Opioid Crisis in Rural Minnesota by Ruth Meirick, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation

Show attendees will have the opportunity to register for door prizes. Four fire extinguishers and four carbon monoxide detectors will be awarded, courtesy of club members Joe Maidl Auctioneering & Real Estate of Lafayette, Don Sanderson State Farm Insurance of New Ulm, and Community Insurance Agency of Lafayette. And — new this year — there will be a children’s drawing for a rubber-tired “little red wagon” donated by State Farm Insurance. Winners need not be present to win, but will be asked to pick up prizes at a local business.

Hub Club members will operate the food stand in the Civic Center entry, serving taco in a bag, pizza, hotdogs, and other treats.