By Jessica Crabtree
Nine years ago Darren and Tana Dale stepped up and took on an event so local producers in the North Texas area wouldn’t go without. Owners of Star Enterprises LLC, the couple conduct business as a family, one of the only privately owned businesses of its kind. Their area of expertise is farm and ranch shows.
Presenting the McCook Farm & Ranch Expo in McCook, Neb., and Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo in Great Bend, Kan., the couple jumped at the opportunity to bring and organize a ranch and farm expo here in North Texas. “Tana and I drove down mid- December of 2007 when we heard the opportunity was available. We signed an agreement with the MPEC and three-and-a-half months later we had our first show,” Dale stated.
Dale admits that first year was hectic, especially with a very young family of his own; however, every year since, the expo has grown and improved.
Taking a “hands-on approach” to each of their shows, Dale and his family work hard to include local support in every show. “We work with local businesses, local media and local implement businesses to bring in the best possible vendors selling products and services necessary to bring producers what they need to obtain their goals,” Dale explained. Dale added he feels fortunate to have the support of local vendors and local producers.
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