Concerns over COVID-19 have led big-name exhibitors to pull out of the Big Iron Farm Show in West Fargo, N.D., this year. Deere, Case and New Holland notified Big Iron that they’d not attend the September show because of the pandemic.
Big Iron will continue and management expects the show to be full.
“The Big Iron Farm Show is on as scheduled for September 15-17 at the fairgrounds,” said Breann Lenzmeier, the show’s marketing and sponsorship coordinator. “We have 70 exhibitors on the waiting list and receive multiple applications each day.”
Deere spokeswoman Laurel Caes said the decision to not exhibit “aligns with local guidelines and recommendations from health care professionals to maintain social distancing and to avoid large group gatherings.”
She said the “decision was made to help safeguard the John Deere and dealer employees working the show, their families and their customers and communities.”
Cody Cashman, general manager for Red River Valley Fair Association, said Big Iron will follow the ND Smart Restart guidelines, encouraging people to social distance and wear masks. He said the show also will take steps such as making hand sanitizer available and keeping doors open to minimize contact.