The Billings Outpost

37th MATE show expected to draw thousands

The 37th annual MATE Show and Home & Health Expo will kick off on Thursday, Feb. 14, at MetraPark in Billings and run through Saturday, Feb. 16.

Doors are open each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except for Saturday when the show closes at 5 p.m. More than 350 exhibitors will be displaying their products in over 700 booths covering over 100,000 square feet, making it the largest show of this kind in Montana.

The MATE Show is the flagship component of the event. It features the latest farming and ranching equipment, products and services.

This year’s featured product will be the UTV or “Side-by-Side.” Demonstrations from a variety of vendors selling UTV’s will offer brief demonstrations on their respective products.

Other added events include the Bull Pen Preview presented by Northern Ag Network and KGHL Radio as well as the MATE Theater with a variety of educational classes eligible for applicator certification.

Additionally, there will also be several presentations offered on issues of key importance to the agriculture industry. MATE Show attendees will have the opportunity to enter a grand prize drawing for a John Deere X360 Lawnmower donated by John Deere and participating dealers.

The Home & Health Expo continues to expand, providing a variety of booths, services, and several additional screenings for all areas of human health and home improvement. The Home & Health Stage will provide several educational sessions.

A show has something of interest for anyone. This year’s Grand Prize of the Home & Health Expo is a Club Cadet 524WE Snow Blower sponsored by Titan Rental of Billings.

CPR Saturday will again be a feature during this year’s show (Saturday) offering attendees an opportunity to brush up on their CPR training or get certified. Registration can be done atcprsaturday.com or by calling 406.255.8410.Free tickets to this year’s MATE Show and Home & Health Expo are available at the NILE office, First Interstate Bank locations, and from all MATE Show exhibitors.

For a complete list of events, vendors, and map of the 2013 MATE Show and Home & Health Expo, go towww.themateshow.com.

The Montana Agri-Trade Exposition (MATE Show) and the Home & Health Expo are owned by the Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE).The MATE is held the third week of February and has a three-day attendance of more than 14,000 people.

The NILE is a nonprofit organization established in 1967 that is dedicated to the promotion of livestock, agriculture education and respect of the western tradition.

For more information contact the NILE office at 406-256-2495 or visit www.thenile.org.

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