As the date for World Dairy Expo 2013 approaches, many dairy farmers are preparing to venture to Madison, Wis., where the event is held. At last year’s Expo, over 70,000 people attended the five-day event, and this year, the Expo’s venue, the Alliant Energy Center, is redoing its facility to better accommodate the incoming visitors and animals.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the two largest organizations hosted at the Alliant Energy Center, the World Dairy Expo and the Midwest Horse Fair, have agreed to donate $3 million and $1 million, respectively, to support the construction of new livestock pens.

The $18 million construction project will replace the old barns with a modern facility capable of holding 2,600 livestock.

The World Dairy Expo intends to use this improved venue for upcoming Expos.

Expo general manager Scott Bentley said, “World Dairy Expo is proud to invest in this project, which we believe will enable our event and others to continue to thrive for many years to come.” Read more here.

Last year, visitors from 95 countries came together at the Alliant Energy Center to exchange ideas and innovation, bringing $50 million into the region. Online registration is now open for this year on the Expo’s website.