Nearly 450 guests attended the St. Cloud event April 26, and more than 700 showed up for the Dassel open house April 27, enjoying good food and mild spring weather in addition to live demos of Farm-Rite's lineup of Bobcat and Wacker Neuson equipment. Factory and sales representatives from Bobcat, Wacker Neuson, Scag Mowers, Towmaster Trailers, Midsota Trailers, CMP Attachments and Diamond Mowers also were on hand to greet guests and answer questions.
The events in St. Cloud and Dassel followed an open house at Farm-Rite's Willmar location April 6.
Towmaster Trailer Division National Sales Manager Chris Pokornowski attends the Dassel open house with sons, Miles (L) and Russell.
Chad Halverson, service tech at Farm-Rite St. Cloud, demos the popular Bobcat remote control system on a T750.
David Cox, Farm-Rite Dassel sales manager, enjoyed greeting attendees at the open house. “It’s been a great day — big turnout, great weather,” Cox said. “This is a great event to see many of our customers.”
(L-R): The Honey-Do Crew from Honey-Do Landscaping and Lawncare of Glencoe, Minn. — equipment operators Isaiah Streich and Peyton Proehl and equipment manager Adam Garaoutte — check out a Bobcat T650 with sweeper attachment.
Eric Dickey, Dassel, Minn., takes a test run on a SCAG Chetah 61-in. commercial mower as SCAG Territory Manager Jeff Meyer answers his questions.
Mike Lougheed, manufacturing engineer at Bobcat’s Litchfield, Minn., facility, makes the Bobcat MX Class 4 buckets with thumbs, such as the one shown here on an E35 excavator at the Dassel open house.
Tim Cox, president and co-owner of Farm-Rite Equipment, takes a break in his office during the Dassel open house. Farm-Rite has locations in Dassel, St. Cloud and Willmar, in addition to its newest location in Long Prairie, Minn.
(L-R): Guests from the city of St. Joseph, Minn. — Eric Poissant of the Public Works Department, Public Works Director Jim Marthaler and utility operator Randy Torberg — take a look at a Bobcat T870 with a Diamond Mower 72-in. forestry drum head. “We just picked up a Bobcat and two attachments from Farm-Rite,” said Marthaler.
Paul Schreurs, regional sales manager at Diamond Mowers, Sioux Falls, S.D., answered questions about the company’s new 72-in. drum mulcher and other Diamond products at the St. Cloud open house.
The crowd enjoys lunch at the St. Cloud open house.
Tim Krahn, Bobcat regional sales manager, tries out one of his favorite machines, the MT85 mini-track loader, at the St. Cloud open house.
Representing Towmaster Trailers of Litchfield, Minn., at the St. Cloud open house are the team of Jen Boreen, in-house sales, and her mentor, Bob Pace, north/south central sales territory manager.
Farm-Rite’s Dassel, Minn., showroom features a restored 1958 M400 Melroe, predecessor of today’s Bobcat.
(L-R, behind counter): Dan Cox, service manager from Farm-Rite of Willmar, Minn., helps out with the parts special at the Dassel open house, lending a hand at the counter to Ron Daniels, Farm-Rite parts manager, and Tom Cox, Farm-Rite service manager and co-owner.
Farm-Rite’s Dassel open house is a family event for Towmaster parts manager Ryan Krall (C) and his children, Lydia and Logan, who are taking a look at Towmaster’s popular galvanized steel T14-D trailer.