The Mid-MO Expo for small farmers and gardeners was so crowded Saturday, individuals sat on the flooring of lecture rooms to listen to consultants discuss — that’s, in the event that they even bought into the session at Battle Excessive Faculty.
Kent Shannon, one of many occasion organizers, mentioned Friday that greater than 160 individuals have been registered — almost quadruple the quantity who attended final yr, and greater than had proven up for the reason that expo started 4 years in the past.
“I believe we simply hit the suitable time and residents have gotten the phrase out,” Shannon mentioned.
Attendees did not appear to thoughts the gang.
“We’re having a good time. It appears to be a really well-attended occasion,” mentioned Linda Behrens, a primary time attendee.
The expo is supposed to show individuals about completely different subjects associated to farming and gardening. It featured 20 completely different classes taught by consultants specializing in something from snakes in Missouri to utilizing drones in farming to the fundamentals of composting.
“The tutorial program is outstanding and that’s very nice for the neighborhood to return and see native consultants and study issues that assist them with their properties,” Susan Johnson, a member of the Missouri Grasp Naturalist program, mentioned.
Yearly, the occasion includes a mixture of latest subjects and previous favorites. One which retains coming again is David Trinklein’s session, “Develop Greater and Higher Tomatoes.” Trinklein mentioned the rationale it is so standard is as a result of “tomatoes are America’s No. 1 dwelling backyard vegetable.”
Trinklein mentioned he nonetheless tries to combine issues up yearly so there’s at all times one thing new to study.
Nancy Franklin has attended the Mid-MO Expo yearly because it began. This yr, she and her husband have been studying about options to an invasive species infestation they have been made conscious of finally yr’s expo.
“Yearly is completely different, yearly is nice,” she mentioned. “Every part builds yr after yr.”
Franklin additionally mentioned this yr gave the impression to be the perfect but by way of attendance in addition to distributors and attention-grabbing subjects.
“It appears to be a better-rounded expo this yr than it was final yr,” she mentioned, “which I am actually comfortable to see as a result of I like to see this factor continue to grow.”
Whereas Johnson mentioned she anticipated extra crowds because the day went on, she additionally mentioned the good climate outdoors may probably work in opposition to them.
“Once you’re excited about nature and also you get a little bit sunshine for the primary time shortly, you are sort of going to wish to be out in it,” she mentioned.