SCOTTS BLUFF COUNTY, Neb. — KNEB hosted the 36th Annual Farm and Ranch Expo Feb. 5-6 at the Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds in Mitchell, Neb. The event featured close to 80 vendors from seven different states. Vendors included seed producers, equipment suppliers, college representatives, building suppliers, agricultural magazines and animal nutrition suppliers.
Many of the vendors said traffic was better than expected. Kendra Feather, Promotions Director at KNEB said, “We even had to, at the end, tell people we were closing. We had people still trying to come in.”
Michelle Beeney, Membership Manager at AirMedCare Network expressed her excitement about being at the show.
“I’ve never missed a Farm and Ranch Expo. It’s always a good experience,” said Beeney. “I really like being at the Farm and Ranch Expo because the people that attend are the people that need to know about membership.”
Jay Herian, Inside Sales Representative at ZM Lumber stated that despite being a little different from last year, it was a good feeling to be at the show.
For some vendors, this year was their first. Daniel Giel, Technician at Scales Sales and Service was glad for the chance to be at the show.
“I like it. It’s a lot of fun,” said Giel. “I’m just happy that we’re here to get our name out.”
Giel also said he’d been just under two years and the show allowed him to make some good contacts with others in the industry.
Meghan Bochanski, Nebraska Sales Manager at BioZyme Incorporated and Paula Brown, Vitalize Dealer at BioZyme Incorporated were first time vendors as well.
“This is our first time at the KNEB Farm and Ranch Show. This is exciting to be out here,” said Bochanski. “I think it’s amazing. There’s so much variety here. I think every industry is represented.”
“I’ve been talking with some wonderful people, getting to know people,” said Brown. “I like that they’re bringing together business so we can learn from each other and for especially small businesses to get their word out.”
Despite all of the changes due to COVID, Feather was happy with the event turnout.
“Overall, I feel like we had a really good show,” said Feather. “I think for just coming back after we’ve been through all of the things that are going on to have an event, I feel like everything’s pretty positive.”