Feb 14, 2013 9:48 PM by David Jay
BILLINGS - The three-day MATE started Thursday, with its biggest show ever at MetraPark.
The 37th annual Montana Agri-Trade Exposition features 600 vendors, about 100 more than last year.
The MATE uses the Expo Center and for the first time, the Montana Pavilion.
The agriculture show along the Health and Home Expo draws from all over Montana and Wyoming.
For many, the MATE has been a lifelong tradition.
"It makes you feel good as a kid and people just want to keep coming back," said Traci Marchwinski, MATE show manager. "Little kids love the tractors. Bring your family down. Expose them to where your food comes from. See the work that goes into it. You'll have a great time. You're going to see your neighbors, you're going to see your friends. It's meant for everybody."
You have two more days to catch the MATE, Friday from 10 am to 6 pm...and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.