Final preparations under way for South Texas Farm and Ranch Show
Oct. 18, 2010 at 5:18 a.m.
Updated Oct. 20, 2010 at 5:20 a.m.
Preparing for a major event is a lot like getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner, Victor Eder said.
"You've got to make sure the bird's there," he said. "You have to cook and have a big space so everybody can be comfortable and get total enjoyment out of the event."
And, for Eder, Thanksgiving is about a week away.
The South Texas Farm and Ranch Show is Oct. 27 and 28 and, as it draws nearer, show organizers are finishing up last-minute preparations.
Eder, the show's treasurer, said he's kept busy finalizing the meals, lining up security and making sure facilities will be ready on time.
About 2,000 people typically make their way to the show, he said, explaining the event is now in its 26th year.
"We're checking our list twice to make sure that everything is where it's supposed to be when it's supposed to be," he said.
For representatives with the Victoria County extension office, most of the remaining tasks involve paperwork.
They're getting forms ready for the approximately 1,500 farmers and ranchers who hope to earn CEU credits and are preparing seat registrations and surveys, county Extension Agent Joe Janak said.
"All exhibitor packets are being put together for the 100 plus exhibitors," he said. "There's a lot going on."
Show promotion is another focus at this point in the game, Janak said, explaining he sent out almost 1,500 newsletters to farmers and ranchers Friday to let them know about the event.
"Promotion is probably key for the next couple of weeks," he said. "Without publicity, news doesn't get out there as much as we want."
Gary Loest, the show's chairman, said he's basically just waiting for the show to arrive.
"We've got all the speakers lined up, we've got the breakfasts and luncheons lined up," he said. "The vendors will mark off their booth space on Tuesday morning and we're opening the show Wednesday."
It's a big endeavor each year, and he said the entire board deserves recognition for pulling off the show. It takes everybody doing their small part to make the show a success.
"We're ready to go," he said.