In the eight years Decatur has hosted the Farm Progress Show, there hasn’t been a drop of rain that fell during show hours.
“That’s pretty unbelievable,” said Matt Jungmann, the show director.
That wasn’t the case leading up to Tuesday’s start of the three-day show at Progress City USA, adjacent to Richland Community College.
Rain during the past week meant some exhibitors were forced to do some last-minute preparations Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile, organizers were watching the sky, wondering if a cold front packing high winds would wreak havoc on the site.
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“It was pretty nerve-wracking,” Jungmann said.
The front moved through without incident.
Early visitors were greeted with parking areas that were a little soggy. But Jungmann was confident the sun and wind would clear the grounds up as the day went on.
The same sentiment holds true for the demonstration fields, one of the focal points of the show.
Wet conditions cancelled all field activities Tuesday. The conditions will be evaluated for Wednesday’s demonstrations.