Community gathers for Farm & Home Show

This year marked the 15th year of the KNDC Farm and Home Show. The farm and home show is a time when area businesses and home-based businesses gather to show the community what they offer.

The Hettinger Armory was filled with businesses and community members for the KNDC Farm & Home Show. It was the 15th year KNDC has hosted the event. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)
The Hettinger Armory was filled with businesses and community members for the KNDC Farm & Home Show. It was the 15th year KNDC has hosted the event. (Photo by Cole Benz/The Record)

By COLE BENZ | Record Editor
cbenz@countrymedia.net

This year marked the 15th year of the KNDC Farm and Home Show. The farm and home show is a time when area businesses and home-based businesses gather to show the community what they offer.

There were a variety of large and small companies present, from Runnings and West River Health Services, to local artist booths with quilts and other crafts.

This year featured 21 vendors and 11 home businesses, and Jill Anderson, who works for KNDC and helped with the planning and organization of the event, said that it is a typical number compared to past years.

Melissa Stafford, who has attended the event the past two years to support her direct marketing, home-based business, said that it’s all about exposure when attending these events.

“More people can come and see what you do, some people don’t know that you do direct sales, and they might not know you’re in the area,” she said. “So you kind of get your name out a little better.”

Stafford said she talked to more people this year than last, and though she may not have done business with everyone she talked to, she still made contacts.

Cindy Ham, who has been attending the event since before it was primarily hosted by KNDC, said that getting to talk to other businesses is nice, because sometimes you don’t always know what’s going on with other companies, and their very accessible at the farm and home show.

“We all get to gather and see what everyone does. Not always do I get to run around and look at Runnings or visit with them, and it gives me a chance to go see what products [they have],”  she said. “The crafters, I don’t go to craft shows so this is my opportunity.”

Hettinger Area Chamber Secretary and Treasurer Earleen Friez said that even though the crowed ebbed and flowed, she thought the event overall seemed to draw a larger crowd this year, and one reason was a fundraiser being held in conjunction.

Throughout the day, patrons of the event were able to buy lunch, baked goods, and attended a dinner to benefit the Schneiders, a local family that the community has come out to support while they endure various medical treatments.

“This year was really busy, which was wonderful, with all the activity with the Schneider benefit,” Friez said. “And so that was wonderful.”







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