Since 1953, the 3i Show has been promoting industry, implements, irrigation and manufacturing in western Kansas.

"It was a traveling caravan with 10 local manufacturers," 3i Show president Eddie Estes said. "They would drive to towns and set it in a location until it started to grow."

Members of the traveling caravan would load their products and display them on trucks in each town they stopped in.

Since then it has grown to become the largest exposition in the state of Kansas.

Up until 2012, the show had continued to travel annually until it found a permanent home in Dodge City.

"Before it came to Dodge City in 2012, the 3i Show hadn't been in Dodge City since 1970," Estes said. "It was set up in the Civic Center parking lot near the National Guard Armory."

The 3i Show is now located at the Western State Bank Expo Center.

It had previously been a stand alone show in Colby, Liberal, Pratt, Great Bend and Garden City before returning to Dodge City.

"This will be the fifth year we hosted the show," Estes said. "In 2015 we had more than 1,000 companies represented from 33 states and Canada all through American distributors.

"We expect that and more this coming year as it seems to grow every year.

"We do everything we can to get the word out on agriculture, cattle and youths on the latest equipment and services.

"Plus there is free parking."

The 2016 3i SHOW will once again feature the latest in irrigation, implements and industrial equipment, product advancements and innovations, and agricultural health.

In addition, WKMA is excited to announce the return of the Dixie Chopper Race Track along with the Miller Road Show sponsored by Matheson Tri-Gas, and the Lions Club Mobile Screening Unit.

Many more great events are in the works.

High school Ag Career Day will kick off the event followed by the DCCC Rodeo students hosting a grand entry for opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. on Thursday in the arena.

The high school ag day sessions are held on the hour, every hour beginning at 9 a.m. with the final session beginning at 1 p.m.

High school agriculture teachers, students and parents, high school counselors, FFA representatives, 4-H representatives, and extension agents are invited and asked to save the date.

High School Ag Career Day offers students an opportunity to learn about many careers in agriculture.

"It is critically important that young people realize there are careers in agriculture," 3i SHOW president Eddie Estes said. "We feel that the best way to do that is to give them the opportunity to talk with the companies right there.

"And there are so many different companies to choose from in all different fields of agriculture.

"The farmers and ranchers of now, once they retire or move on, how do we replace them?"

Some of the sessions that will highlight this years high school ag day are a Precision Agriculture Technology program provided by Northwest Kansas Technical College.

In a press release from the 3i SHOW, on Feb. 29, Northwest Kansas Technical College received final program approval from the Kansas Board of Regents for their new Precision Agriculture Technology.

The comprehensive program provides a solid background in the high- tech practices, equipment and software being utilized in production agriculture today.

The session topics held will be GPS Guidance Training Rig and Infrared Field Mapping with an Unmanned Aerial System. 

4-H will also be holding sessions for this year’s High School Ag Career Day.

Amy Sollock, K-State Research and Extension Area 4-H Specialist, and Amy Collins, K-State Research and Extension Stafford County FCS Agent, will host a session on workplace skills titled "Don't Fall in the Gap: The Top 5 Skills Needed to be Successful in the Workplace."

The session is a discussion on how employers struggle with hiring young people with the necessary skills across the country.

The session will also explore trends in the job markets along with what students can do now to ensure success as an adult in the work world.

Another ag day showcase will be from Foley Equipment and the Dodge City Community College regarding career opportunities and training options for diesel technicians.

Some of the discussions will include safety around machines and engines from both the operator and technician viewpoint as well as egress and basic potential pinch points.

Foley Equipment technician recruiters will be on hand to teach about diesel technician careers.

Representatives from DCCC will be on hand to share information about educational training options for a technician career path, including two-year certificate programs or an associate’s degree.

There will also be a showcase from the US Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The 2016 3i Show will be from Oct. 13-15 at the Western State Bank Expo Center, 11333 US Highway 283, Dodge City, Kansas 67801.

Show hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

It is free to the public to attend.

For further information, contact the 3i Show at 620-227-8082 or visit their website at www.3ishow.com.

For a complete schedule of events visit Facebook.com/3iSHOW.