The first Four State Farm Show was held in 1975 at the National Guard Armory in Pittsburg, Kansas, as an effort to bring agricultural production and agribusiness together. The small show of about 60 exhibits drew a big crowd and the staff at Farm Talk Newspaper realized their biggest problem and blessing were the same: growth.
From 1976 to 1979, the Four State Farm Show was held in Miami, Oklahoma. In 1980, the show was moved to Parsons, Kansas. The 1981 and 1982 shows were once again held in Pittsburg. 1983 saw a move back to Parsons.
From 1984 to now, the Four State Farm Show has been held in its location on a 300-acre Pittsburg farm as an outdoor show.
The Four State Farm Show has grown to include demonstrations of agricultural equipment — such as hay balers, mowers, rakes and drones — and also features a lawn mower test-driving range.
In its four-decade history, the Four State Farm Show has become known as a “Mall of Agriculture” and the premier agricultural event in the Four State region.