Farmers, familiar faces and fresh ideas are coming together for a memorable milestone. Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) is ready to welcome back thousands of guests for its 60th anniversary WPS Farm Show, March 29-31 at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) grounds in Oshkosh.

“We’re thrilled to bring back this signature event that’s been an annual favorite for generations of farmers and families,” said Rob Juneau, manager — WPS Farm Show. “We’re proud to continue this 60-year tradition of helping our agricultural customers and farms of all sizes grow and thrive.”

Event details

Approximately 20,000 people from the Midwest and beyond are expected to attend this year’s event, which is back for the first time since 2019. The 2022 WPS Farm Show includes approximately 400 exhibitors from 18 states and two countries showcasing products that can help farms run as efficiently as possible. Visitors will see hundreds of innovations up close, including large farm machinery, robotic milking systems and precision planting technology.

New faces in the crowd

In addition to longtime exhibitors, the WPS Farm Show also is seen as a valuable event for new companies. There are approximately 35 exhibitors making their debuts at this year’s event, displaying a variety of items such as animal feed pushers, animal nutrition products, farm machinery software and corn harvesting equipment.

Small beginning leads to springtime tradition

For six decades, the WPS Farm Show has been steadily growing alongside the farmers it continues to serve. The first show was held in 1961 at the former Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena as a way to demonstrate the benefit of using electricity on farms. A group of 25 exhibitors displayed the era’s state-of-the-art technology, including silo unloaders, vacuum pumps and milk coolers.

Along with seeing the latest innovations, attendees can visit the WPS booth to learn how to use energy efficiently on farms. WPS agricultural consultants will be available throughout the show to answer questions, discuss energy needs and share tips on managing energy use on farms.

Additional attractions

Visitors to the 60th anniversary show also can stop by:

  • The WPS Farm Show Food Tent, featuring food from several state nonprofit groups.
  • A silent auction benefiting the Wisconsin FFA Foundation and Oshkosh West FFA (located in Hangar B).
  • Kids’ tractor pull (March 30 at 12:30 p.m.).
  • Health screenings from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh nursing students and Rural Health Initiative.
  • The WPS Farm Show office (west end of the grounds) to purchase a WPS Farm Show hat for $5. All proceeds are donated to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation.

The WPS Farm Show takes place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29 and 30, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31. Admission is free, but there is a $5 charge to park on the EAA grounds.