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Eau Claire putting on a show for Farm Technology Days
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Eau Claire putting on a show for Farm Technology Days

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Eau Claire and the greater Chippewa Valley will be the place to be during Farm Technology Days, July 20-22. In addition to a jam-packed show with activities and exhibit for everyone from fifth-generation dairy farmers to families with young kids, attendees will have a whole host of evening activities and dining options to choose from.

The Executive Committee of the Eau Claire show has been working with Visit Eau Claire, local restaurants and hotels to make sure that people who come to the show from near and far have plenty to do during the show.

“We want people who come to our show to have a great Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley experience,” said Mike Gintner, chair of the Eau Claire County Executive Committee.

Cathy Liebke, Chair of the Hospitality Committee added, “We’ve worked with local hotels, restaurants and venues to make sure everyone who comes to the show will have a great Eau Claire experience. It’s going to be great!”

Featured events include:

Eau Claire’s Country Hoe Down,

  • 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 20: Featuring the popular Bear Creek Band, the Hoe Down in downtown Eau Claire will have food trucks, cash bar, shopping and dining. Lismore Hotel, 333 Gibson Street, downtown Eau Claire.

Rock’n on the River in Altoona,

  • 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 21: Bring your beach chairs and blankets and come hear Eau Claire favorite 40 Fingers rockin’ at River Prairie Park. Music, food trucks, restaurants and bars, Veterans Tribute Trail, carry-in coolers welcome. River Prairie Park, Altoona.

Local hotels will provide free shuttle service to and from Eau Claire Country Hoe Down and Rock’n on the River. Hotels include: Staybridge Suites, Holiday Inn South, Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn Express West, Home2, Best Western off Mondovi Road, Hampton Inn Eau Claire and Lismore Hotel.

Commemorative crowler:

  • Show sponsor Jacob Leinenkugel Brewery Company has issued a limited-edition commemorative 32-ounce Crowler for Farm Technology Days. Coupons for the special Crowler are on sale now (see www.witfarmtechdays.org for more information) and will be on sale at the show. 1 for $10, 4 for $35, 6 for $50. Redeem the coupon during business hours (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday) between July 20 and Dec. 31 at the Leinie Lodge, 124 East Elm Street in Chippewa Falls. Must be 21 years or older to purchase and redeem the coupon.

The Horseradish Hop:

  • Six local restaurants are participating in the Eau Claire Horseradish Hop. Visit three of the restaurants (Lunchbox EC, Northern Tap House, Sweet Driver Chocolate Creations, The French Press, The Goat Coffee House, and The Lakely) and receive Silver Spring Foods’ Beer ‘n Brat and Yellow Mustard and Applewood Smoke Flavored Horseradish. Visit all six restaurants to receive a “Zing Masters™ Honorary Member” decal and t-shirt, and be featured on Visit Eau Claire’s “Honorary Zing Masters ™ Wall of Fame” on www.visiteauclaire.com. Horseradish hoppers who visit all six restaurants by Aug. 31, 2021, will be entered into a sweepstakes to win a 2-night stay at The Oxbow Hotel, $200 Chamber Bucks, and a Kubb set. Register to participate at https://www.visiteauclaire.com/plan/horseradish-hop/

Farm Technology Days takes place July 20-22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Tickets are available now at www.wifarmtechdays.org. Single-day entry is $10, 3-day passes are $25, and a 5-person family pack for a single day is $40. Tickets bought ahead of the show will allow attendees to use a fast entry. Tickets are also available at the gates the day of the show.

Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is a three-day outdoor event showcasing the latest developments in production agriculture, including practical applications and recent research and technological developments. This is the only farm show of its size in the United States that is organized and run entirely by volunteers. As the largest outdoor agricultural event in the state, it welcomes more than 45,000 attendees, with more than 450 commercial and educational vendors.

The first WFTD show was named Farm Progress Days and was held in Waupaca County in 1954. Eau Claire County hosted Farm Progress Days in 1992 and has been chosen as the host for the 67th annual event in 2020.

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