Photo of New Ulm Farm-City Hub Club After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, the Civic Center will host the New Ulm Farm-City Hub Club Farm Show this weekend, with one of the new features featuring featured a grain silo safety device called a grain weevil.

NEW ULM — After a year off, the New Ulm Farm-City Hub Club’s 40th Farm Show comes back to life this weekend on the south side of the New Ulm Civic Center.

“The Last Show in Town” before the shutdown of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 presents a number of new wrinkles. The show runs from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 11 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 12.

“We are pretty full. He fills our arena,” The new vice president of the Ulm Chamber of Commerce, Jenny Eckstein, spoke about the home fair and its 69 exhibitors and 84 stands.

New exhibitors at the agricultural show include Hertz Farm Management, Jake the Snake Sewer and Drain Cleaning, M&K Forestry, Manske Drainage Equipment, MAT Industries Sanborn Manufacturing, Open Door Health Clinic and Wieser Concrete.

The usual farm show door prizes, such as fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors, will be available, along with a red cart filled with items donated by the Farm-City Hub Club.

Door prizes for children will also be available.

Winners do not need to be present, but are encouraged to pick up their prize at a local business.

Farm safety is highlighted with hourly demonstrations. Designated seating is located at the far end of the exhibit hall.

Grain silo safety will be in the spotlight on Saturday at 1 p.m. with a virtual presentation, including a Grain Weevil robot, invented for farm safety. The device is in the testing phase.

Seminars begin at 3 p.m. Friday, with Brown and Nicollet County Veterans Service officers discussing benefits for veterans. Individual discussions follow the seminar.

Participants are encouraged to bring their DD214 (military discharge document) and any other documents individuals wish to view.

Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Construction Supervisor Todd Kjolstad will deliver a presentation at 5 p.m. Friday on the proposed two-year Highway 14 four-lane expansion between New Ulm and Nicollet.

Kjolstad will feature maps and other visuals to help people understand the project. Participants are encouraged to ask questions about transporting livestock and goods on the highway project detours.

A public meeting to discuss the legislative session begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. Participants are Representative Paul Torkelson, R-Hanska; Nick Frentz, D-North Mankato; be p. Susan Akland, R-St. Rock.

Grain Weevil co-founder Chad Johnson will present a virtual grain elevator safety program at 1 p.m.

The Brown and Nicollet County Dairy Associations will crown a dairy princess and goodwill ambassadors at 2 p.m.

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