If you’re headed for World Pork Expo this year, you can expect many of the same events that have made it a premier tradeshow during the past 15 years. But, you’ll also find a whole lot more.

Sponsored by National Pork Producers Council, WPX will be held June 5, 6 and 7 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.

“Pork producers have embraced World Pork Expo as their forum for learning and growing the pork industry,” says Jon Caspers, Swaledale, Iowa, pork producer and NPPC president. “Our theme this year is ‘Pork Galore,’ but it’s more than just fun.   Three days is a major time investment, so we’ve packed WPX with information and events that bring value to their operations.”

Among those events, NPPC will roll out important information about NPPC’s Producer Consent voluntary checkoff program and what it has to offer the industry on a national, state and local level. “We’ll also talk about what producers can expect in the coming months from NPPC as it goes forward as a producer-focused organization,” notes Caspers. 

As always, there will be opportunities to learn about what’s new in animal health and nutrition, along with valuable information about the business of pork production in today’s economic, political and environmental landscapes. Seminars and the tradeshow always top the list of WPX attractions.

But it’s not all work and no play during WPX’s three days. “Pork producers also enjoy a little distraction from the seriousness of business, so we’ve included great food and lots of fun,” Caspers says. The Hog Jog will return again this year; a new Kiss-a-Pig event will honor the pig for its contribution to diabetes research; then there’s the ever-popular pig races and lots more.

Admission to NPPC’s World Pork Expo is $8 at the gate or $5 in advance. Tickets are available by calling NPPC at (515) 278-8012.

For all the information you need, visit the official World Pork Expo Web site at www.worldpork.org

Events Galore at WPX
The three days of the 2003 World Pork Expo is packed with information and events. Here’s a look at some of the activities that you can expect to find in Des Moines, Iowa, June 5, 6 and 7.

  • Trade Show: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 5 and 6, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 7.
  • The World Pork Open Golf Outing: June 6, at the Briarwood Golf Course, Ankeny, Iowa. Check-in at 8:30 a.m. Contact John Wrigley, (847) 838-6772 for more
  • Big Grill: Will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on all three days.
  • Educational Seminars: Held in the Cattle Barn Arena from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 5 and June 6. 
  • Country Fest: Held June 7 from Noon to 5 p.m. Musical groups to be announced.
  • The Hog Jog: In the morning of June 7, this event includes 5K and 10K runs, plus 150 Harley Davidson Motorcycles arriving at the fairgrounds at 10 a.m. It will include a parade up the fairground’s grand concourse for judging and awards. Contact Deb Yount Woods, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, (515) 225-5418.
  • Pig Races: Six shows will be held on June 5 and 6, with five shows on June 7.
  • Kiss-A-Pig: This is a new WPX event, is a campaign for vital diabetes research and programs with a fun approach to raising dollars. The event honors the pig for its contributions to diabetes treatment and research. The Lions Clubs of Iowa District Governors are candidates raising votes in the form of dollars through pledges on the www.worldpork.org Web site. The candidate who raises the most votes gets to kiss a live pig on June 7.
  • PigCasso Art Show: Will be held in the Cattle Barn during Trade Show hours.
  • BarBQlossal: Judging starts at 11 a.m. on June 7, with prizes awarded at 4 p.m.