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Source: Half Century of Progress news release

Rantoul, IL - The Half Century of Progress show, the country's foremost working vintage farm equipment show, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Beck's, the largest family-owned, retail seed company in the United States. Beck's will now be the premier sponsor of the show, held Aug. 26-29 in Rantoul, Ill.

"We're very pleased that Beck's Hybrids has chosen to become the premier sponsor of Half Century of Progress," said Russell Buhr, show board member. "It takes support from our sponsors to make the show happen, and we are excited that Beck's has not only decided to participate, but to do so on this level."

"The passion that the Half Century of Progress board has for the show, as well as agriculture, farming, history, and family is incredible," said Timothy Hartman, area team leader with Beck's. "In talking with the board, it was clear that the experience and what it means to their attendees is what drives them to pull off an event of this scale. We were blown away by their dedication."

The Half Century of Progress show allows visitors to experience what farming and agriculture were like more than 50 years ago through live demonstrations and special attractions, including plowing fields on-site with vintage farm machinery and harvesting ear corn with a vintage corn picker. As part of the partnership, all of the seed planted in this year's field demonstrations at Half Century of Progress will be Beck's seed products.

"People doing business with people is important to the Beck family, and the Half Century of Progress show is a great opportunity to enjoy family time," said Hartman. "The Beck family and team of employees continue to help farmers achieve success from generation to generation, and the Half Century of Progress show celebrates just how far we've all come in growing farm machinery, ag equipment, and technology."

"Live field demonstrations are popular, because we don't farm the same way anymore," said John Fredrickson, a retired grain elevator owner who has helped to put on the Half Century of Progress show for the past decade. "At our show, farmers and their families can see up close and personal just how much harvesting, tillage and other mechanical operations have changed in the last 50 or more years. Three and four generations of families come to the show; it's become a tradition for a lot of people."

Adult admission to the Half Century of Progress show is $20 per day or $40 for a multi-day pass. Admission for children 12 and under is free. The schedule includes three nights of sanctioned tractor pulls, as well as daily field demonstrations and parades.

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