Farmfest 2018

Farmfest visitors young and old take in the old machinery displayed at Gilfillan Estates at Farmfest 2018.

The historic Gilfillan Estate outside of Redwood Falls, Minnesota is gearing up for Farmfest.

This year’s event is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday, Aug. 8 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gilfillan Estate, 28366 County Highway 13, is located between Redwood Falls and Morgan at the Junction of Minnesota Highway 67 and Redwood County Highway 13.

Farmfest is the largest outdoor farm show in Minnesota, hosting more than 500 ag exhibitors on a piece of farmland larger than 50 football fields.

Parking is free. Admission to Farmfest is $10 per person at the gate, and those 17 years and younger enter free.

Discounts are available by ordering tickets online and entering the discount code, MNGUIDE19 for $2 off the price of admission.

Organizers of the 38th annual farm show have planned activities and infrastructure for individuals, friends, farm crews and families.

“We’ve spent a lot of time planning and organizing several new experiences for attendees this year,” spokeswoman Niki Jones said.

One place to visit is the Farm Bureau Financial Services Wellness and Safety Pavilion where there will be exhibits and demonstrations by the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH).

This year’s health and safety seminars include a tractor rollover rescue, an ATV simulator, health screenings, skin cancer screenings, information to prevent hearing loss and information on mental health.

As another way to reach diverse farming operations, Farmfest has a new livestock focus.

“We’ve carved out an area of the show floor dedicated to exhibits, education, and demonstrations of livestock-related products,” Jones said. “You’ll see cattle chute demonstrations and be able to talk with experts about swine, cattle, dairy and much more.”

Farmfest also includes a spot dedicated to outdoor living and fun. Visit this area to see boats, RVs, camping equipment and more.

For those looking to get around the show grounds quickly, golf carts are available for rent by calling Toby Bertsch at 605-275-4653. Rent one on site at Gate 2.

Visitors cannot bring their own golf carts, but scooters are allowed. Parents can bring wagons or strollers for their babies and kids.

A courtesy shuttle will circle the show grounds, and golf carts will taxi the perimeter to pick up passengers. Look for the golf carts with Cenex/CHS Inc., signage.

Activities at Farmfest Center range from the University of Minnesota Farm Family of the Year Recognition Program held Thursday afternoon, to the Minnesota Pork Ambassador selection Wednesday, to seminars on agriculture and finance.

In a break from political forums, Farmfest Center will host a lighter session Thursday at 10:30 a.m., when Jolene Brown presents, “Who’s Hiding the Humor?”

Plenty of nourishment, refreshments and coffee will be available at Farmfest.

Minnesota Corn Growers hosts a free sweet corn feed at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6. The free Minnesota Farm Bureau pancake breakfast begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7. Free Schwan’s Ice Cream treats are available each day courtesy of Linder Farm Network in the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center at 12:15 p.m.

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