BOONE, Iowa - Despite early morning rain, the largest outdoor farm show in the country kicked off Tuesday in Boone County.
Gates at the Farm Progress Show opened at 8 a.m.. It features more than 600 vendors and will feature several dozen new vendors this year.
The annual event showcases the latest in farm equipment, processes and practices. Representatives said they expect as many as 150,000 visitors to this year's show
While the rain caused the grounds to be fairly muddy Tuesday morning, vendors say it didn't affect the turnout.
"We thought today was going to be a bust," said Steven Davies of Kabota Tractor Corporation. "We drove the utility vehicle around, we went out to the gate before the crowd was let in, and it was packed. People were waiting to get in here, and as you see, it's a beautiful day."
The show runs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The exhibit field is open to visitors from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for ages 13-17, and ages 12 and under are free.
Officials are warning drivers of potential delays on Highway 30 and Highway 17 due to traffic from the show.