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Published September 10, 2012, 11:35 PM

Ladies brunch an annual tradition at Big Iron

FARGO – It started as something for the wives to do while their husbands shopped for farm equipment. And while the 800 exhibitors at the Big Iron Farm Show reflect myriad changes in agribusiness, decades later the Big Iron Ladies Brunch has stayed largely the same.

By: Sherri Richards, INFORUM

If you go

What: Big Iron Ladies Brunch

When: 10 a.m. Wednesday (Doors open at 9 a.m.)

Where: Holiday Inn, Fargo

Info: $20. Tickets available at the door. Seating is limited.

Online: www.bigironfarmshow.com

FARGO – It started as something for the wives to do while their husbands shopped for farm equipment.

And while the 800 exhibitors at the Big Iron Farm Show reflect myriad changes in agribusiness, decades later the Big Iron Ladies Brunch has stayed largely the same.

The 32nd annual Big Iron Farm Show begins today at the Red River Valley Fair. The ladies brunch and style show will be held Wednesday morning at the Holiday Inn.

The brunch serves as a reunion of sorts, with many yearly attendees.

Tickets are sold at the door, and seating is limited to 400.

“We have ladies who line up at 8 a.m.,” says Mary Morken of Casselton, a co-chairwoman of the event committee.

There is also a Big Iron Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Thursday at Bonanzaville.

A group of 12 area women form the Big Iron Women’s Committee, which plans the annual brunch. Most committee members serve on the Red River Valley Fair Board of Directors or are spouses of board members, and have a passion for agriculture.

The committee is a well-oiled machine, says Co-chairwoman Ilene McLean of Wheatland, who has served on the committee since 1992.

The Ladies Brunch celebrates a “good way to live,” says McLean.

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