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It was a huge event for the State and County, but even bigger for West Brooklyn!

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Thousands Gather In Illinois For Farm Progress Show

ROBERT LEE ZIMMER           September 29, 1988


WEST BROOKLYN, Ill. (AP) _ The sounds of chain saws and combines are part of the country music, as thousands of farmers journey to a 1,400-acre stretch of northern Illinois for an agricultural exposition billed as the world’s largest. The show is held on the land of five families who farm around this Lee County community.

Manager Tom Budd said the farm show began as a one-day event in 1953, and expanded to a three-day show in 1960. It moves from Illinois to Indiana to Iowa, sponsored by Prairie Farmer Magazine.

340 commercial exhibitors [were] at the event, the idea is to attract the attention of an estimated 200,000 farmers from as near as Indiana and Iowa and as far as New York. Some show visitors gathered to welcome Vice President George Bush when he visited the area Wednesday,