In a quick turnaround from 2017, the 64th annual 3i SHOW is underway at Western State Bank Expo Center in Dodge City.

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

The event had previously been running the mid-October the past two years.

The move took place when Western Kansas Manufacturers Association president and 3i SHOW president Eddie Estes said they took surveys from attendees of the show to come up with the best possible date.

"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."

The 2018 3i SHOW was opened by the Dodge City College Rodeo Team and Lt. Governor Tracey Mann, followed by the ribbon cutting.

Along with many farming, ranching and agricultural vendors, there was a presentation from Jeff Hutton the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Dodge City, on extreme weather that was held on Thursday.

Thursday also saw an Improving Profitability with Natural Gas Irrigation and Technology, discussion by Black Hills Energy to also include CropMetrics and VNA Corporation.

On Friday at 1 p.m. U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall of the First District will discuss the 2018 Farm Bill.

At 3 p.m. on Friday,  Monty Teeter, CEO of Dragon-Line, will be offering a seminar on mobile drip irrigation, "How to Save Water and Money with Drip Line Technology."

Demonstrations will also be held by many other vendors throughout the weekend.

The 2018 3i SHOW is open to the public and free to attend.

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