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Farm & Home Show kicks off today

WORTHINGTON — Years ago, businesses set up booths from one end of the Northland Mall to the other to share the latest and greatest in farm and home information. It was an opportunity for people to reconnect with neighbors during a long winter and for businesses to build relationships with consumers.

Much time has past since Worthington has hosted a Farm & Home Show, and with new individuals at the helm of the local radio station — and a new venue — a three-day show is set to kick off this morning.

“The world seems to be doing a lot of reminiscing of how good things used to be or how it was,” said event organizer Chad Cummings. “Let’s bring back some of those good things if we can make it happen.”

The RadioWorks Farm & Home Show will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Worthington Event Center, 1477 Prairie Dr. There is no fee for admission.

Cummings said the public can expect to see on-air broadcasts such as the US95 Morning Show and the KWOA “This Day in History” Show today, as well as interviews with vendors and a live broadcast by Barry Roberts Friday afternoon.

In this inaugural year, 24 businesses will have booths set up inside the Event Center, with everything from landscaping and home health care to farm supplies, home insulation, wind and solar energy and implement dealers represented.

“We’ve got businessses from all over — Lake Wilson, Sioux Falls, Worthington, Avoca, Sibley, Iowa, … Lake Park, Pipestone,” Cummings said, adding that people can view a complete list of participating businesses at or, under the farm and home show tab.

“We just invite people to come on out and take a look,” he added.

The Farm and Home Show coincides with a busy weekend in the city of Worthington, with subsection basketball play at Worthington High School on Saturday, as well as the King Turkey Day Bowling tournament at Oxford Bowl.

“There’s lots of stuff going on and we want to see some good foot traffic,” said Cummings. “We’ve got some great businesses to show off.”

Daily Globe Reporter Julie Buntjer may be reached at 376-7330.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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