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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • 3i Show set up in full swing Wednesday

  •      Dodge City's new Westen State Bank Expo Center was busy ysterday as vendors, volunteers and staff knuckled down to set up for this weekend's 3i Show. The expo center is the new permanent location for the 3i Show, which will celebrate 58 years of irrigation, implements and industry this year.


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  •      Dodge City's new Westen State Bank Expo Center was busy ysterday as vendors, volunteers and staff knuckled down to set up for this weekend's 3i Show. The expo center is the new permanent location for the 3i Show, which will celebrate 58 years of irrigation, implements and industry this year.
         More than 500 vendors set up their booths, displays and demonstrations yesterday. Some had started setting up as early as last weekend.
         Galen Pahls traveled from Beloit, Kan. to represent Boettcher Supply, INC., an electrical, plumbing, telecom, and a lawn/garden wholesale distributor that's been in business since 1937. Pahls said Boettcher Supply has participated in the 3i show every year since it started in 1954. He pulled into Dodge on Monday morning to get his booth in order and said he is impressed with the facility.
         "The building is really nice," Pahls said. "I hope there is a good crowd."
         Arnold Ring and Don Royle of Bar Distributing echoed Pahls hopes. Ring and Royle drove four hours from Kearney, Neb. to showcase their drillbits. Ring, the owner of Bar Distributing has participated in 3i since 1956 when, according to Ring, it was a traveling show. He spoke of traveilng to Dodge City, Garden City and Colby, Kan. with other vendors.
         "We would be pulling in to town with a 10 mile long string of people," he laughed.
         Ring said he was happy to be in a stationary event in Dodge City.
         "This is quite a building," he said.
         Vendors were aided in setting up by volunteers. One set of volunteers, a group of 15 men and women who are clients at Arrowhead West, a not-for profit organization serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. They couldn't have been happier to help.
         Debbie Allen of the Ford County Volunteer Center and Retired Senior Volunteer Program said the group helped the indoor vendors unload their exhibits and move things in and out of the building.
         One of the volunteers, Roger Sandoval said he loved getting to help.
         "I like this,"  he said. "I like walking around and looking at the building."
         Sheila Grayson also from the Ford County Volunteer Center and Retired Senior Volunteer Program said there is a lot to be said for the team's hard work.
         "They will work till they drop," she said, adding that safety is always the groups first priority. "They love being active in the community and getting to meet people."
         The volunteers will work different shifts throughout the weekend, alternating with other Arrowhead West clients and people from the volunteer center to keep the 3i Show events going.
         Today begins the official show with consumer programs starting at 10 a.m. This year's topics will focus on what farmers, ranchers and agriculture professionals are faced with on a daily basis, according to the 3i Show website.
    Page 2 of 2 -      Other activities include appearances by the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, health screenings by the Western Plains Medical Complex and plenty of concessions.
         The 3i Show runs from July 12- 14 and is open from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday. The Western State Bank Expo Center is located at 11333 U.S. Highway 283 in Dodge City.
    Reach Abigail Wilson at (620) 408-9917 or e-mail her at abigail.wilson@dodgeglobe.com.
     
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