The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on April 28, 1976 · Page 13
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The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota · Page 13

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Farmfest '76 plans continue LAKE CRYSTAL, Minn. (AP) — Adjectives normally part of show business ballyhoo—such words as "gigantic, tremendous and super- colossal"—can aptly be applied to the Farmfest 76 extravaganza shaping up over 1,400 acres of flat, fertile southern in'innesota farmland. Preparations have been under way two years for the Sept. 1J-19 exposition, "America's of- ficiatly recognized Bicentennial salute to agriculture." About a million admissions, at M apiece, are expected. Already, with the event four months away, very few room vacancies exist for the Farm- fest period at hotels and motels within a 50-mile radius of LaXe Crystal, population 1,800. Excluding the Mirawapolis-St. Paul area, about 90 miles to the northeast, there are 121 motets and hotels within 100 miles. Forty of them already are sold out. The site was leased from eight neighboring farmers in the western part of Blue Earth County. A farm home, rented from one of the land owners, has been the command post for the on-site staff the past Hi years. Planning and promotional work began even earlier. Ninety-one acres of the site were planned to be divided up into commercial exhibit spaces. That much was contracted for a year ago. The exhibit area then was expanded to 121 acres, and very few of the 1,400 exhibit spaces remain available now. Farmfest 76, sponsored by a nonprofit corporation, Agricultural Promotions, Inc., is recognized by the American Revo- lutkn Bicentennial Administration as the .nation's agricultural event of the year. However, no Bicentennial funds were asked or received. The Minnesota Legislature granted $100,000 for Farmfest 76. Proceeds will be used first to pay back the grant and, secondly, to promote agriculture. An antecedent of sorts, the 1972 Farmfest USA at Vernon Center, Minn., had a $50,000 state grant and paid back the state. That event was built around the world plowing contest and attracted 300,000 persons over its seven-day run. Farmfest 76 will host the world tractor pulling championships, Sept. 1J-16, with a (40,000 cash purse—the largest ever offered for an outdoor tractor pull. There will be four classes of super-stock, souped-up field type tractors, and four classes of modified machines. The latter will include tractors powered by up to four V-i engines, a fighter plane engine, a helicopter turbine. Farmfest offi- cials see the contest as one of traction and power-"brute force and very critical engineering." The world horse pulling championships are set for Sept. 17-18, and the national horse plowing contest Sept. 18. A 60-acre history area will feature an outdoor living museum, with staff people dressing and working as though they were in another time. Visitors will first walk through an Indian farming village, including three earthen lodges inside a log stockade. A Mankato State University anthropology group studying the Hidatsa culture of the Missouri River Valley is arranging that phase. The plan is to have Indians in authentic costumers tending gardens of plants which native Americans gave the nation—1,000-year-old varieties of corn, tobacco, squash, sunflowers and even avacados. Next the visitors will stroll through a 1900-type working farmstead run by Future Farmers of Amerka (FFA) members from 50 states. Two old barns and a house were moved to the site for that exhibit. "The world's largest display of working antique farm equipment" will be separated into decade units. As they stroll the exhibit path, visitors will move, as farming did, into the age of mechanization. They'll see, too, a re-created turn ol the century Main Street with 20 craftsmen doing the type of work early Americans did. The walk through time will be culminated at the farm of Robert Schroeder and his father-in-law, Les Lloyd, two of the fanners who leased their property to Farmfest 76. Schroeder and Uoyd installed about $250,000 worth of improvements on their own. The result is an ultramodern demonstration farm with fully automated grain handling and drying systems, an automated confinement cattle-feeding operation, a huge steel implement shed and lofty storage structures. Atop one of the silo-type towers flies the Farmfest 76 flag. Demonstration crops of soybeans, com and sunflowers arc being raised for use in machinery demonstrations. In addition, 40 acres of sugar beets have been planted—the first in Blue Earth County in 20 years. All told, more than 1,000 acres will be in cultivation for the demonstrations. Cover crops of wheat, grass, oats and alfalfa will be harvested later in the year, with the stubble left for solid footing and to guard against muddy conditions during the event. As another precaution, five miles of plastic drainage tile have been installed in the exhibit area. Moreover, dates were selected after studying 20 years o f computerized weather records. The chance of sunshine should be excellent. There's only a 22 per cent chance of rain-less than .10 of an inch. if it's hot, the sides of three 480-foot tents housing indoor displays will be lifted. One of the tents will be the women's activities area, with seminars included on the program. Another tent will be the education center, stressing a salute to land-grant colleges. University of Minnesota students from St. Paul and Waseca will show their prowess at raising major U.S. crops-including pineapples, peanuts and cotton, not normally raised in Minnesota. Miss Teen Age America, Cathy Druden of Hawaii, is bringing the pineapples from her home state. In a natural amphitheater, a 40-foot knoll near the site's center, afternoon stage shows will feature top-name entertainment. Promoters haven't completed contracting arrangements yet but they say stars will include country western singers but also other entertainers, "appealing to all ages and tastes." There'll be chuck wagon races and daily competition in the Bicentennial invitational borseshow pitching contest. An invitation went out this week to President Gerald Ford to attend Farmfest 76. Hundreds of telephone and electrkal poles already have been installed on site. By September, rest rooms will be in place and food and beverage stands will be erected. Main access is by Minnesota Highway 60. The four-lane thoroughfare runs along 21i miles of the Farmfest site. Special buses will run from the Mankato and New Ulm airports. Other buses will carry visitors from the parking lot to the exhibit areas and field demonstrations. A mile and a half of narrow gauge railroad track will be installed for the steam locomotive and three passenger cars that Max Borchert, a hobbyist, is bringing from Mankato. The train replica, too, will carry passengers from the- parking lots. Advance ticket selling is a national Bicentennial project of the FFA. Already the youths have sold 70,000 tickets and about 200,000 are expected to be sold before the 12-land pte opens Sept. 13. Groups are expected from Spain, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. One large U.S. agribusiness firm has reserved rooms and transportation for 500 people. Several travel agencies have begun offering ticket-transportation- lodging packages. The current Itperson staff beaded by Executive Director Ed Hart, a former Ohio farmer with extensive experience in tractor pulling contests, will swell to several hundred by the time the gates open. When the gates close'on Farmfest 76, the workers are committed to put the eight rented farms back in shape within 60 days. Market seen as neurof/c' ByJOHNCUNNIFF APBwlKuAulyrt NEW YORK (AP) - For at least two months the stock market has moved within only narrow boundaries — between roughly 960 aid 1,010 points on the Dow Jones Industrial average — and many an investor is getting a bit fidgety. Investors always feel better when the market is headed in one direction or another, because then the momentum of. the market supplies its own forecast of the future. It's the turns that are tough to call. HOMES FOR AMERICANS THIS H-SHAPED RANCH HOME has three large bedrooms and two baths in the bedroom wing and a spare room with bath behind the garage. A large patio is enclosed on three sides for privacy and comfort. Plan HA930C has 1,635 square feet of space, excluding the area behind the garage. It was designed by architect Lester Cohen, Room 505, 48 W. 48th St., New York, N.Y., 10036, and those wishing further information may write him, enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope. At the moment you can take your pick of direction, as you always can; and equally so, you can take your pick of forecasts too, as you often can. There teems to be no clear-cut consensus, no conviction, no direction offered. The nearest thing to a typical forecast is this: over the long- term the market will continue to advance, reaching new highs on the industrial average by the year's end, but in the meantime there will be a correction. That correction, which is a euphemism for decline, is variously forecast to range from 10 per cent to 20 per cent and to occur in almost any month, probably in May or June. Note the neatly trimmed hedge: The market will fall, but it will rise. In the meantime, the market is very much like an ambitious middle-level management man whose career has been stalled. He's ^convinced he has the goods'but he fears there is too much in life he cannot control. A person or a market so stalled tends to become neurotic—to look for reasons, to invent them. There must be logical explanation, both manager and investor say. But maybe there isn't. At the moment you have scores of analysts trying to figure out what the Federal Reserve is up to. Like witch doctors studying a pile of bones, they examine and dissect monetary figures seeking a pattern, a signal, an omen. It does no good to attempt calming the analysts. It does no good to point out that maybe even the Fed doesn't know what it's going to dp. The market needs information, no matter how thin or distorted. Another big worry is about what the insiders are up to. Studies have shown that a good many corporate executives have been sellers of late. Do they know something? If so, what is it they know? And what is the market likely to do with that Edson Gould ftfj.s Fills (Hi.) tonal Hri.,April2g,1976 2-B forecast overhanging it. Gould, a highly respected forecaster, believes pr kes might be headed for a fall, perhaps to below 900 points on the Dow Jones industrial average. Tliere are a lot of other worries too. Why aren't corporations putting more money into expansion? \Yhy are so many second-and ihird-tier companies unable to attract attention to their shares? Why aren't individual investors, in contrast to institutions, more active than they have been? All these doubts, fears and questions will disappear from consideration as soon as the market begins moving. But, stalled as it is, it seeks any explanations, even implausible ones. Salvrty, Kay 1 Serving CHf Menu In Dining Room 4 p.m. to 1C FREE DANCE f p.m. to lin Ballroom Music by HIED HMDS ' Serving Off Menu Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 6 p.m. to 10. Genuine A Complete Line o< COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL GARAGE DOORS Electric Garage Door Operators We service all garage doors and operators! OVERHEAD DOOR CO. .OF FERGUS FALLS Gill (2ll r 736-6676 Sales & Semite EAGLES AUXILIARY SUPPER and DANCE AT THE SHIP Saturday, May 7 BARBECUED RIBS 6:30 to 8:30 Dance at 9:00 - Mysic by . . . 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