MATE

MATE attendees stroll back and forth between the two buildings, the Expo Center and the Montana Pavilion at Metra Park to check out all the vendors.

BILLINGS, Mont. – The 43rd Annual MATE Show and Home & Health Expo will be held at Billings’ MetraPark Feb. 14, 15 and 16, 2019. The largest agriculture trade show in the region, the MATE show draws visitors from a 500 miles radius and highlights products and services just in time for the upcoming spring season.

Since 1976 the MATE, short for Montana Agri-Trade Exposition, has invited agricultural businesses to Billings for the three-day trade show. Exhibitors fill the 75,000-square-feet of the Expo Center and Montana Pavilion at MetraPark with 600 booths. Equipment dealers bring in the latest models of tractors, seed specialists display new varieties, and livestock nutritionists are on hand to answer questions.

More than 14,000 farm and ranch people across the region and Canada visit the show. They come to test out products, investigate new technologies and get ideas to take back to the farm or ranch to make their operations better.

The MATE is owned and managed by the Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE). The NILE is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the promotion of livestock, agriculture education and respect of the western tradition.

The MATE Theater offers classroom-style presentations covering a wide range of topics. Participants learn about the latest in precision farming, discover new crop varieties, find out proper fertilizer application and educate themselves on farm and ranch management and more. Saturday's classes include music, dancing and painting – all new this year.

The Home & Health show is a companion to the MATE show. Vendors in the Montana Pavilion offer products and services for the home like clothing, food, nutrition, insurance and crafting.

Grand prizes are given away every year on the last day of the show. This year's grand prizes are a John Deere lawn mower, a selection of pork and beef from Ranch House Meats and one ton of SweetPro from AgriBest Feeds. Visitors must fill out the back of the MATE ticket and put it in the drawing drums for a chance to win. Winners will be announced Saturday, Feb. 16 starting at 4:15 p.m.

Tickets are free and can be picked up at First Interstate Bank locations in Billings and Hardin. Tickets can also be collected from vendors or the NILE office or they can be printed off the MATE website. Without a ticket, entrance is $7.

Dates and Hours:

Thursday, Feb. 14 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 15 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 16 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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