Gateway 2019 Office: 308-468-5580 • Mobile: 308-380-1722 • Fax: 308-468-6353 6395 Lowell Road • Gibbon, NE 68840 Crane Service Welding Fabrication Construction Grain Handling Equipment “People have been stepping up to our window since 1908.” We can help finance your crop production, livestock, equipment, and any of your operational needs. CALL US AT 308-738-2282 Ask for Claude or Karen. 295 Center Ave. Ashton, NE 68817 Visit our website: WE WANT TO BE YOUR AG BANK Gateway a ‘success from the beginning’ The annual agricultural showcase was conceived 50 years ago during breakfast at old Fort Kearney Hotel Kearney Hub file EXHIBITS AT the first Gateway Farm Expo in 1970 were on a concrete apron and in an old hangar at Kearney Municipal Airport. In 2009, the first Gateway Chairman Dean Hallock told the Hub the goal was to encourage ag producers, especially those going to farm shows in other states, to do business locally. EDITOR’S NOTE: This story originally was published Nov. 3, 2009, in advance of the Gateway Farm Expo’s 40th anniversary. By LORI POTTER Hub Staff Writer KEARNEY — “There, that will bring some memories back,” Bob Sahling said, pushing an aerial photo taken of Kearney Municipal Airport during the first Gateway Farm Expo in May 1970 across the table toward Vince Wolford. The men were longtime volun- teers at the expo, which celebrates its 40th anniversary show Nov. 11-12, 2009, at the Buffalo Coun- ty Fairgrounds. Sahling also was Gateway chairman in 1975, 1976 and 1981. Wolford, a retired farmer, never headed Gateway, but was chair- man of the Kearney Area Cham- ber of Commerce’s Agriculture Committee. “The purpose of the whole thing to begin with was to bring rural people and city people together,” he said. Wolford, Sahling and 1988 Gateway Chairman Robin Marshall said it’s impossible to list everyone who’s played an important Gateway role, but some of the “instigators” were Darrell Manning, Duane Nickel, Dean Hallock, Dale Luther, Keith King, Wayne Hendrickson, Wendell Snyder and Virgil Pemberton. A decision to organize the first Gateway Farm Expo was made at a breakfast in the old Fort Kearney Hotel. Hallock, who was an ag lender with First National Bank of Kearney and would be named Gateway’s first chairman, was at the table. In a phone interview with the Hub from his Omaha home, he CONTINUES ON NEXT PAGE