By Staff

The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame opened for the
1999 season on March 15, to coincide with National Agricultural
Week, March 15-19.

The Center offers a variety of special events and educational
programs that are designed to educate the public about the history
and importance of agriculture. Some relate to America’s rural
agricultural heritage and others tell the story of America’s
abundance of wholesome inexpensive foods.

The National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame was chartered
by Congress to honor the American farmer. A unique 172 acre
complex, 18 miles west of Kansas City, it incorporates:

The Center’s main building, housing farming and rural life
exhibits, a 200 seat auditorium, a gallery of rural art, and a gift

The Agricultural Hall of Fame, honoring American
agriculture’s most prominent historical figures, among them
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Deere, and Cyrus

The Museum of Farming, displaying classic tractors, threshers,
and other implements that have made real differences in

Farm Town USA, a replica of an early 1900s rural village,
includes a farmstead, blacksmith shop, schoolhouse, railroad depot,
poultry hatchery and general store.

The National Farmers’ Memorial, featuring three massive,
high-relief bronze panels honoring farmers past, present and

A narrow-gauge miniature train, a one-mile nature trail, and
picnic facilities.

The 1999 event schedule includes: April 18, a country auction to
benefit the center; June 12-13, Hot Dog and Ice Cream Days; July
17, Farm Heritage Day; September 12, Grandparents’ Day;
September 16, Ag Hall Golf Classic; September 18, Sheep Fest;
October weekends, group hayrides; December 11, 12, 18 & 19,
Santa’s Express Train.

The Center is open seven days a week from mid-March through
November (except major holidays). The Center is located near the
interchange of 1-70 and Kansas Route 7 in Bonner Springs, Kansas.
Admission fees apply. For more information, please call
913-721-1075 or visit our web site at

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