Each year, the 3i SHOW is host to many events and including Antique Tractor Display, Drone Demonstrations, Farm Machinery & Equipment, GPS Demonstrations, Health Programs, High School Ag Career Day, Legislative Forums, Ride & Drive Opportunities, Trucks & Equipment, and Vintage Saturday.  Check back frequently as events are confirmed for 2017!

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Opening Ceremonies will be held in the Special Events Arena on Thursday, October 12, at 10 a.m. Complete plans to be announced soon!


event_carrauctionCome and get one last peek at George and LaDonna Brown’s antique tractor collection before it is auctioned!

Carr Auction & Real Estate, Inc., of Larned, Kansas, will be conducting the auction of 12 John Deere tractors ranging from a 1929 Model D to a 1960 830 with many models in between, a John Deere 10’ Grain Binder with show canvases and Binder Twine, as well as an EZ-GO customized golf cart with an umbrella. Three McCormick Deering International tractors will also be auctioned.

The auction will be held at noon on Saturday, October 14, in the dirt side of the Western State Bank Expo Center. Online Proxi-Bids will coincide with live, on-site bidding. Contact Carr Auction & Real Estate, Inc., at 620-285-3148 or carrauction@carrauction.com for more information.

The collection will be on display during the 3i SHOW beginning October 12. The collection can also be viewed online at www.carrauction.com as well as the 3i SHOW Facebook page event listing.

George and LaDonna Brown’s love of the green and yellow led them down a 20+ year road of working on antique John Deere tractors. They also worked on a few antique McCormick Deering Internationals. Work on these antique tractors has been meticulous, working on each one from the frame up. LaDonna is well-versed on the history of each tractor and says every tractor has a story to tell. As the Browns approach their 60th wedding anniversary, they have decided to plow a new row, which includes parting with these special tractors that have been a huge part of their lives. Being a part of the 3i SHOW for the past 5 years, George and LaDonna felt it only appropriate to host their antique tractor auction at the 63rd Annual 3i SHOW.

The Browns have displayed their tractor collection in various tractor shows across the Midwest from Oklahoma to Nebraska. They have particularly enjoyed the tractor games at shows. When the tractors are not on display, they are kept tucked away in a dark storage building, away from the effects of light and dust, so that these tractors will last a long time.


Several exhibitors will be having some GREAT giveaways this year! Registrations will be taken all 3 days up until the time of the drawings, which will all be held on SATURDAY. Don’t miss out!

Dragon Line, LLC is “Transforming Pivot Irrigation through Drip Technology” and wants to help one lucky 3i SHOW attendee do the same by offering a $1000 Credit Towards a Complete System or Filtration Assembly. Registrations will be accepted throughout the 3i SHOW until the time of the drawing, and one winner will be drawn at 11 a.m. in the Dragon-Line booth I-224 and 226. Do not have to be present to win.

Mobile Initiative‘s giveaway event has been cancelled. One lucky attendee will be going home with a CAT S60 Smartphone valued at $630! The CAT S60 is the world’s first smartphone with built-in FLIR thermal imaging. It is IP68 and MIL-SPEC 810G rated, and is also waterproof at 5 meters for up to 30 minutes and drop tested up to 6 feet. The drawing will be held at Mobile Initiative’s booth I-248 at 1:00 p.m. Entries will be accepted all three days of the 3i SHOW until the time of the drawing. MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!

Seward County Community College will be giving away FIVE scholarships, each worth $500! A drawing will be held in SCCC’s booth I-285-287-289 at 1:30 p.m. Automotive Mechanics Technology, Auto Body Collision Repair, Diesel Technology, Drafting & Design Technology, Machine Tool Technology, and Welding Technology programs will be included in the drawing. The first name drawn from five different programs will receive one of the $500 scholarships. (*One name per program, first five programs drawn. *Entries will be accepted all three days of the 3i SHOW until time of drawing. *MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!

This giveaway is specifically for exhibitors. One lucky exhibitor will receive a 6-month news sponsorship on KFRM valued at $2,400 in the KFRM “Radio Spin” Giveaway! Exhibitors need only drop their business card in the drawing box located at KFRM’s exhibit space O-109. The winner, who does not need to be present to win, will be drawn promptly at 2:00 p.m. in the KFRM booth.

Farm Bureau Financial Services will be giving away an 8-piece DeWalt Cordless Power Tool Set valued at $600 to one lucky attendee! The set will include 4 drivers, 1 Sawzall, 1 circular saw, 1 flashlight, 1 radio, 1 drill bit set, 2 batteries and charger as well as a heavy-duty storage bag. A drawing will be held at Farm Bureau’s booth I-269 at 2:30 p.m. Entrants do not have to be present to win.

HARDI Rubicon 9000 Ride & Drive

event_hardiDon’t miss your chance your check out the HARDI North America Rubicon 9000 up close! Ride & Drives of the Rubicon 9000 sprayer will be held DAILY from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Demonstration Area located on the northeast corner of the Western State Expo Center show grounds.

The Rubicon, boasted as the “largest sprayer in America,” will be on display following the demonstrations in spaces O-39-46.


High School Ag Career Day is being held on Thursday, October 12, 2017! High schools planning to attend are strongly encouraged to complete and submit the RSVP form by October 1.High School Ag Career Day offers students an opportunity to learn about careers in agriculture. High school Ag teachers, their students and parents, high school counselors, FFA representatives, 4-H representatives, and extension agents are invited and requested to help spread the word to make this a GREAT educational event with as many students in attendance as possible!

Sessions will be held on the hour, every hour beginning at 9 a.m., allowing students to select which sessions they wish to attend. Students are invited and encouraged to attend Opening Ceremonies at 10 a.m. in the WSBE Arena on the dirt side of the building. The final session of the day will begin at 1 p.m., allowing for students’ timely return to school.

Click here for a complete list of sessions.

*Sessions subject to change!*

KDWPT Archery Shooting

event_archeryCome try archery at the 3i SHOW! The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) will be hosting their archery shooting event. This event will be INSIDE on the west side of the concrete floor. Genesis compound bows, arrows, targets and an arrow stop will be set up for attendees to experience archery with the help of trained instructors.

The KDWPT is instrumental in the coordination of the Archery in the Schools program. In 2006, Kansas adopted the National Archery in the Schools Program and currently has over 360 teachers representing 150 schools in Basic Archery Instructor (BAI) training. The mission is to promote international-style target archery as part of in-school curriculum, to improve educational performance and participation in shooting sports among 4-12 grade students. Click here for more information.

In addition, the KDWPT will staff a booth inside at space I-274 to answer questions about the Walk-In Hunting and Fishing programs, the Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program, Habitat First, and other private land programs.

Daily Health Program

Attendees are invited to visit PRMC in the Health & Safety Area located inside the Expo building in spaces I-167-170. Visit PRMC staff to learn about their new 3D Mammography, register to win facials and massages, and take advantage of daily blood pressure checks, blood sugar checks, and pulse oximetry in addition to the following scheduled programs:


11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Meet and Greet with Dr. Espinoza, Gynecology Surgeon
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Skin Cancer Checks with Jacque Kemmerer, DNP


1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Menu Planning for Diabetes and Weight Loss with Stephanie Becker, Dietician
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Skin Cancer Checks with Jacque Kemmerer, DNP
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Arthritis Foot/Ankle Exams with Dr. Gordon, Podiatrist



Educational and information sessions will all be held in the southwest corner of the concrete side of the Western State Bank Expo Center in the area marked “Presentation Area.


3:00 p.m. – Land Ethics and Water Resources – Sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council and hosted by Boot Hill Museum.

In 1949, Aldo Leopold sparked the modern conservation movement with his treatise on land ethics, declaring that ethical individual cooperation should also consider soil, water, plants, and animals. This presentation will explore the role that culture plays in determining the land ethics of place. Special focus will be on agricultural practices in Kansas and how they compare with the indigenous land ethics of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, the Atlai Republic of Siberia, and the grasslands of central Kenya. Full Details


10:00 a.m. – Kansas v. Colorado - Sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council and hosted by Boot Hill Museum.

In 1902, Kansas accused the state of Colorado of taking more than their fair share of water from the Arkansas River, which reduced water flow and thereby diminished land values. The argument escalated to the U.S. Supreme Court. This presentation will tell the dramatic story and legacy of Kansas v. Colorado, a legal fight that continues to this day. Full Details

11:00 a.m. – Code RED – Sponsored by the Ford County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

After the recent natural disasters the area faced in March with wildfires and again in April with a blizzard, public awareness and emergency preparedness has remained in the spotlight. CodeRED is a public alerting system recently deployed in Ford County, Kansas. It has a profoundly wide reach and allows first responders to quickly and effectively communicate critical emergency and non-emergency information to the public. Elliot Linke, Emergency Communications Director for Ford County, will discuss what this means for residents of and visitors to Ford County and how they can stay informed.

CodeRED has been battle-tested and is relied upon to deliver critical communication to thousands of clients across North America, including more than 15 statewide implementations. Residents of Ford County are encouraged to sign up for the Code Red system at www.fordcounty.net. When signing up, residents will have options to receive alerts by voice, text, e-mail and RSS feeds. Full Details

1:00 p.m. – Farm Bill, Tax & Legal Issues – Sponsored by the Institute for Rural America

The legal environment in agriculture is constantly changing. This presentation will provide a current perspective on the Farm Bill, tax and other legal issues facing farmers in difficult times. Besides a current update, a question and answer session will be held. Full Details

2:30 – Working through Turbulent Times in Agriculture – Sponsored by the Institute for Rural America

Real farm cash receipts are down 14 percent in 2017 compared to 2016 and 36 percent since 2012. Meanwhile, farm debt soars and leverage surges to all-time highs. This presentation will provide suggestions for managing change and challenges that exist today. A question and answer session will follow. Full Details


3:00 p.m. – Water in Kansas: Past & Present – Sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council and hosted by Ford County Extension Office.

Early evidence of Native peoples in Kansas shows that they lived near springs, seeps, and rivers. Later, European settlers moved along water sources, and even today demographic changes are the result of water availability. Recently, the state government developed a 50-year water planning vision focused on reservoir sedimentation and the rapid drawdown of the Ogallala Aquifer. This presentation will highlight how water issues today define much about Kansans in the future, just as it always has. Full Details


With a true-to-life series of flashes, flames, sizzles and smoke, The Victory Electric Cooperative Assn., Inc. linemen will demonstrate power line safety during live, high-voltage demonstrations in space O-106. The demonstration is designed to teach students and adults alike about electricity, electrical safety and lightning safety. Because the public is constantly exposed to the many benefits and potential dangers of electrical power, the goal of this program is to help people better understand how electricity provides an improved way of life and the dangers of electricity when used improperly. Safety is stressed at all times by co-op personnel who conduct these informative demonstrations which are presented in an age-appropriate manner, based upon the viewing audience.Print



Wheat State Chapter

The Wheat State Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society (ATHS) will again have a display on Saturday, October 14. This year’s display will feature a new mix of antique and classic trucks from the Wheat State Chapter. The display will located outside the northwest corner of the Expo Building.

The ATHS is over 40 years old and was founded to preserve the history of trucks, the trucking industry and its pioneers. The Wheat State Chapter of the ATHS was organized in 2003. For more information about the ATHS, visit www.aths.org.event_historytrucks




Boot Hill Casino & Resort, located at 4000 W. Comanche Street, just off Highway 50 in Dodge City, is the first gaming facility in Kansas with state owned and operated casino games. A tribute to the legendary fame of the Old West, the property offers 24-hour gaming as well as dining and entertainment in a setting reminiscent of the Wild West era.

Boot Hill Casino & Resort features 800 electronic gaming machines, 18 table games, and 5 live poker tables. Casual dining is available with Firesides at Boot Hill, Wild Bill’s Beer Bar offering a variety of specialty, imported and domestic beers, and Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs. Cowboy Café offers a light fare on-the-go including Daylight Donuts.

For more information about Boot Hill Casino & Resort, visit www.boothillcasino.com or call 1-877-906-0777.




Visit the Boot Hill Distillery for a  booze-filled history lesson! The tasting room/gift shop doors are open until 7 p.m. daily with tours at 1, 3, and 5 p.m.

Located at 501 W. Spruce Street, the Distillery sits on land that was the Boot Hill Cemetery back in the 1870′s. Then, from 1878 through 1927, the property housed a public school. But by 1929, a Spanish-revival colonial-style building was built on the spot and it became Dodge City’s Municipal Building. Call 620-371-6309 for information.

Country Style Dinner and Long Branch Variety Show

Boot Hill Museum, an Old West history museum, is open seven days a week. Sitting on the original site of Boot Hill Cemetery, the Museum’s complex extends over a 2 city block area with an extensive collection of artifacts boasting over 25,000 items showcased in 40 exhibits. Experience the Old West and shop in the Rath General Store, belly up to the bar and tip back an original recipe Sarsaparilla in the famous Long Branch Saloon, walk down the board walk and “Relive the Legend”!

Boot Hill Museum Summer Season Activities include World Famous Gunfights, Can-Can Lessons, Deputizing, Country-Style Dinner, and the Long Branch Variety Show. For more details on ticket options and pricing please contact Boot Hill Museum by phone 620-227-8188 or email info@boothill.org.


Central Station will have LIVE entertainment on Friday, October 13th. Admission is $5 at the door for 3i SHOW exhibitors presenting their exhibitor badge, or come for dinner and stay for free! The indoor concert will have music from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. sponsored by Foley Equipment and Foley Rental.

Central Station is a full service restaurant and bar with the best and only mesquite grill in town, offering a wide variety of dishes that satisfy all appetites. Central Station is located at 207 East Wyatt Earp Blvd. and is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. as well as Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Please call 620-225-1176 for more information or visit www.centralstationdc.net.