It is odd to think that the 3i SHOW is just around the corner but that is indeed the case.

In a press release from Western Kansas Manufacturers Association CEO Eddie Estes, the 3i SHOW for 2018 will be March 22-24, 2018.

The event has been previously held in October at the Western State Bank Expo Center the last couple of years in Dodge City.

"Doing the right thing for the exhibitors and their customers continues to be our focus, especially during these turbulent times in the ag industry," Estes said. "Our goal with the new March dates is to provide a more convenient time for farmers and producers to be able to step away from their daily duties and connect with exhibitors showcasing innovative products and services that can assist them."

WKMA, the host of the 3i SHOW, stated they took surveys from farmers, producers and others that have attended the 3i SHOW in the past, to come up with the best date possible to hold the event.

Those surveys showed that the best dates would be during the winter.

With the quick turn around in putting the 3i SHOW together for its new date, Estes said, "We're going to be busy."

Since 1953, the 3i Show has been promoting industry, implements, irrigation and manufacturing in western Kansas.

Some of the features for the show are cattle handling equipment, crop protection information, farm machinery and equipment, trucks and truck equipment, consumer product demonstrations, high school ag career day, congressional forum, pickup truck ride and drive area, vintage Saturday, educational fun and a variety of food booths.

"It was a traveling caravan with 10 local manufacturers," Estes said previously. "They would drive to towns and set it in a location until it started to grow."

Members of the traveling caravan would load their products and display them on trucks in each town they stopped in.

Since then it has grown to become the largest exposition in the state of Kansas.

Up until 2012, the show had continued to travel annually until it found a permanent home in Dodge City.

"Before it came to Dodge City in 2012, the 3i SHOW hadn't been in Dodge City since 1970," Estes said. "It was set up in the Civic Center parking lot near the National Guard Armory."

The 3i SHOW is now located at the Western State Bank Expo Center.

It had previously been a stand alone show in Colby, Liberal, Pratt, Great Bend and Garden City before returning to Dodge City.

It is free to the public to attend.

To apply for exhibition or for further information, contact the 3i SHOW at 620-227-8082 or visit their website at www.3ishow.com.

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