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HUSKER HARVEST DAYS' $7 MILLION SITE UPGRADES UNDERWAY
Source: Farm Progress Show news release

Husker Harvest Days, the world's largest irrigated working show, has started major infrastructure upgrades and convenience renovations at its Grand Island, Neb. facility.
Plans are designed to make the site one of the most modern farm show facilities in the U.S.

Husker Harvest Days celebrated its 40th anniversary at the 2017 event in September and there is even more reason to celebrate next year with the multi-million dollar upgrades set to be completed for the 2018 show. Construction is underway at the Husker Harvest Days show site, where crews are already laying the groundwork for the $7 million renovation project.

HHD is located near Grand Island, Neb., and the Grand Island City Council voted unanimously to invest $2 million in the show site over the next ten years - or $200,000 per year. Informa, the parent company of Farm Progress' Husker Harvest Days, has committed to host the show in Grand Island for at least 20 more years. Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress show director, notes this Western Corn Belt show brings an average $7.6 million to the community every September.

When completed, these upgrades will include about six miles of pavement on the HHD streets, about 10,000 feet of storm sewer and drainage system, new water lines for plumbing, an underground electrical distribution system, additional new and remodeled restrooms, and perimeter fencing around the site to lock the site down during the off-season and protect infrastructure. The upgrades are set to be finished by August 15, 2018.

"We are comfortable with the aggressive renovation plans, since we've accomplished large-scale upgrade projects for the Farm Progress Show's Decatur and Boone sites in similar time frames a few times," said Jungmann. "Next September, the HHD site will be a first rate, world class facility. One of our goals with this site's development and all our shows is to make sure each venue retains its traditional rural-gathering character and we will always work hard to make our shows the nation's leading farm events," Farm Progress' Farm Progress Show, the nation's largest outdoor farm show, alternates between its two world class facilities in Decatur, Ill. and Boone, Iowa.

These two sites are designed with highly developed infrastructures and conveniences. The 2018 FPS will be held at its Boone site, Aug. 28-30. "We are very excited to provide these modern, well-planned facilities for our exhibitors and visitors," says Don Tourte, Farm Progress SVP, sales and events. "For the HHD renovation project, the community of Grand Island has been exceptional to work with, and we look forward to the next 20-plus years together."

For exhibiting information, contact your Farm Progress sales representative, call 630/524-4723 or e-mail shows@farmprogress.com. Additional show information is available online at www.FarmProgressShow.com, www.HuskerHarvestDays.com and Marketing.FarmProgress.com.


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