Farm Progress Show Tickets Available Online

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

 Anyone planning to visit the Farm Progress Show in Decatur in just a few weeks, can now purchase their advance tickets online. The nation’s largest outdoor show will be held Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1.

New technology aids ticket purchase and use

“This is the fourth year we have been able to offer advance tickets for purchase online,” says Matt Jungmann, national events manager. “Our permanent show sites give us more reliable services like Internet access that make handling the advance tickets at the gates possible.”

Visitors can go to and click on the tickets button for the easy-to-use advance ticket purchase. Three options will then be presented: 1) Enter a subscriber number, 2) Provide farm profile information, or 3) Purchase tickets without providing information. The first two options offer a discount on the ticket price making it only $9. Without the discount, adult tickets are $12.

Once visitors have purchased their tickets, an email with the ticket will be sent to them. Visitors then need to print out the ticket and bring it with them to the Farm Progress Show. The ticket contains a unique bar code that will be scanned at the gates.

Fast entry on show day

Using tickets purchased online at the show is fast and easy. Just look for the signs pointing to “Online Tickets Quick Pass Lane.” Tickets will then be scanned and visitors can enjoy their day at the Farm Progress Show.

“Prior to launching this program, we did a lot of testing to make sure the system is easy to use and understand,” notes Jungmann. “We foresee an increase in visitors purchasing their tickets online. It really does make their entry into the show faster and easier.”

Advance tickets will be available for online purchasing from now until Thursday, Sept. 1.

Plan to attend

The 2011 Farm Progress Show takes place west of Decatur, Ill., Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1. The exhibit field is open to visitors 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. The public is welcome. For a full schedule of events and more detailed information, visit

General Show Information

Farm Progress Show,, the nation's largest outdoor farm event, annually hosts more than 500 exhibitors displaying new farm equipment, tractors, combines and farm implements; seed and crop protection products; and many additional farm supplies and services.

Producers from the U.S. and around the world attend this key annual agricultural event.

Ag manufacturers and suppliers from across the country and around the world are exhibitors. Field demonstrations are a show mainstay. Each show day field demos include side-by-side tillage techniques, GPS and precision equipment, and tractor and combine performance comparisons on hundreds of corn acres available for harvesting. Live cattle-handling demonstrations include the newest cattle chutes, equipment, animal health products and work techniques. Additionally, the show features restored antique machinery, arts and crafts displays, horse training demonstrations and entertainment.

The show is an excellent learning opportunity for producers and includes a wide variety of marketing, management and production seminars.

Following Wednesday’s show day, Aug. 31, country music star Rodney Atkins performs live in concert. The concert is a separate event and not included in show admission tickets. Concert tickets may be purchased in advance on the show website for $15 or at the gate for $25. Massey Ferguson, Farm Progress Show and Richland Community College are the concert sponsors.