More than 600 exhibitors are almost ready for the biggest agriculture show in Wisconsin, but they are not all from the state.
"This year seems to be a little bit better year for the dairy farmers and based on that from our sales in Michigan we just decided that we would try Wisconsin again," said Bob Schurrman, who sells a crowd gate for cows.
Another exhibitor, Jeff Schwartz, drove in from Kentucky to present his baby cow pens.
"We will spend most of the day getting the booth ready, we've got some assembly work to do, some setup, some cleanup," said Schwartz. "We service the dairy industry and dairy is definitely a big part of Wisconsin so it's a very captive audience for our potential customers."
Setup was delayed a couple hours Monday due to wet weather. Still, organizers say everything should start on time at 9 a.m. Tuuesday.
A three-day crowd expected to reach 80,000 visitors also means law enforcement will have their hands full. It's an event the Marathon County Sheriff's Department has spent two years preparing for.
"Whenever you have an event this size and outdoors the concern over severe weather is our primary concern while we are here," said Lt. Chad Billeb. "Also your concern over the public moving from place, the fact that it is along a busy highway obviously had some traffic concerns."
Lt. Billeb says his team will have at least eight extra staff members on site. That's in addition to the Wisconsin State Patrol, tasked with managing traffic.
If you want to park close, consider coming early in the day. Once field lots fill North and South of the farm, visitors will have to take a shuttle from schools in Marshfield and Stratford.
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