Organizers of a weekend show in Sioux City that featured airplanes and agriculture equipment say they’re pleased with the turnout for the event. The inaugural Sioux City Air and Ag Expo featured demonstrations of planes like the F-16 fighter and A-10 Warthog, along with displays of brand new and classic ag equipment.
The Iowa National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing in Sioux City put on the expo. Wing Commander Brian Miller says it was conceived as a way of saying "thanks" to the surrounding community for its support. Miller says the guard can’t do what it does without good people and he says those people come from all the surrounding communities.
It’s the first such show of its kind, and South Dakota farmer Lynn Mollet says the mix of military aircraft and ag equipment was a perfect fit. Mollet says it’s a rural population and a lot of people want to see the ag equipment, and they also like to see the airplanes.
Attendance at the two-day event approached 20,000 and Colonel Miller says he plans on holding an even bigger Air and Ag Expo next year.