By Tim Kowols
Clean-up has begun at Ebert Enterprises in Algoma after hosting the three-day Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. According to the event’s executive committee, Kewaunee County was the first draw more than its own population to the event and expects to exceed its net profit, which will go towards local causes. It was especially memorable for Jordan and Whitney Ebert, who along with their parents Randy and Renee hosted people from across the country. As memorable as the opening ceremonies were with Gov. Scott Walker and remembering his late sister Britney, Jordan says one of his favorite parts of the show was throwing an appreciation party for the nearly 1,900 volunteers that helped put the event on.
Whitney says it was great to see the community come together for the last week.
Wisconsin Farm Technology Days will take place next year in Wood County.
FUN 2017 FARM TECHNOLOGY DAYS NUMBERS COURTESY OF KRISTY PAGEL
-The first day of the show attracted over 10,000 visitors, the highest attendance on day one in several years. The official Opening Ceremony had a record-breaking 550 attendees, including Governor Scott Walker and Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Ben Brancel.
-All 1,000 of the Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days commemorative toy, a Gehl 800 Forage Harvester, were sold out completely before the show opened. The last time the commemorative toy was sold out was 2012, when Outagamie County hosted the event.
-Tram rides to tour Ebert Enterprises farm were enjoyed by over 50 percent of attendees. Nearly 1,500 tram rides were provided for field demonstrations, which only ran for half of the show due to weather conditions.
-15,000 hamburgers and cheeseburgers were served over the three-day period, including 11,250 bowls of ice cream.
-Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days was supported by 67 Landmark Farms located in Kewaunee County and surrounding townships in Door, Brown and Manitowoc Counties. The Landmark Farms were not just dairy-related, but included beef, hog, crop and other kinds of farms.