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Meteorologist will speak at farm show

Nearly 60 booths, kids’ tractor pull to be at Westwood

Published: Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

STERLING – The eighth annual Northwestern Illinois Farm Show will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Westwood Sports Center, 1900 Westwood Drive.

Fifty-eight businesses or organizations will have booths at the show. Exhibitors include Kory Farm Equipment LLC, AgPerspective Inc., Precision Ag and Seed, Prairie Hybrid Seeds and Birkey’s Farm Store.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, Eric Apel, agricultural meteorologist with Mobile Weather Team Inc., will discuss recent and current weather patterns, and give short-term and long-term forecasts. He will also discuss what the expected soil moisture levels and temperature and precipitation patterns mean for farmers’ planting and growing seasons.

A tractor pull for children will be held Saturday. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded.

Admission is $2 for adults and free for 12 and younger.

The show is presented by the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Whiteside County Farm Bureau.

The admission fee is used by the chamber and the farm bureau for educational programs, scholarships and educational programming. Those who attend Friday will not have to pay admission Saturday.

Contact the farm bureau at or call 815-772-4588 for more information.

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