Western Farm Show starts Friday at the American Royal Complex

More than 500 exhibitors with everything from farm implements and livestock equipment to feed and seed are expected to attend the 53rd annual Western Farm Show in Kansas City this weekend.

The event, which annually draws thousands, starts at 9 a.m. Friday at the American Royal Complex in the West Bottoms.

The show will take up 400,000 square feet of floor space and is considered one of the largest indoor displays of the latest farm equipment and other products in the Midwest.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for the farm show are $8 for adults at the door, or $5 with a discount coupon. Children 12 and under are admitted free. For more ticket information, go to



Among the weekend highlights:

• FFA Day on Friday, when 3,000 FFA students from Kansas and Missouri are expected to compete in a food drive border war.

• A Family Living Center with clothing, crafts and food, health and home decor products.

• The Championship Tractor Pull with Doug Roberts and the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pulling Association. The event, held Friday and Saturday nights at Kemper Arena, is expected to draw 125 drivers and vehicles. A separate admission is required.