A comprehensive road map to the 2014 National Farm Machinery Show
For some, February might be synonymous with Valentine’s Day. But the farming community has fallen head over heels for a different event: the National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS), which is practically a holiday for loyal attendees. Held in Louisville, Ky., the country’s largest indoor farm show will mark its 49th season from Feb. 12 to 15, 2014.
The Kentucky Exposition Center, home to NFMS, has grown through renovations and expansions. With more than 1.2 million square feet of exhibition space and 850 exhibitors, the show has something for everyone.
Exhibits feature grain-handling and storage equipment; technology, including monitors; tractors and combines; tillage implements; planting, fertilizing and spraying equipment; trucks and trailers; irrigation equipment; livestock feeding and handling equipment; buildings, barns and fencing; shop tools; alternative energy; and more.
During the four-day show, exhibit halls will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free, and parking costs $8. Parking for RVs is also available but requires registration in advance.
This year, NFMS will host the 46th annual Championship Tractor Pull, sponsored by Syngenta. Each night at 7:30 p.m. and with an additional event on Saturday at 1 p.m., the adjacent Freedom Hall will be home to the contest, which attracts the best competitors in the country with $250,000
in prize money. This year’s roster includes three drivers from Canada and one from Holland. The tractor pull packs the arena, so make sure to purchase tickets ahead of time. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.
The show features a range of equipment for use on the farm.
Seminar lineup. Take a break to hear a presentation from Farm Journal Economist Bob Utterback on the direction of the commodity markets. Farm Journal Media used equipment values expert Greg Peterson (aka "Machinery Pete") will present a seminar on trends in used equipment values. Both 90-minute seminars are free to NFMS attendees. There will also be a live taping of the Market Round-table segment of "U.S. Farm Report." All three events will be presented in the South Wing conference center.
Make a trip of it. The machinery show lasts less than a week, so if you already have someone lined up to handle your chores, take advantage of your time away from the farm and check out the activities Louisville has to offer. Home of Louisville Slugger baseball bats, the Kentucky Derby and educational centers, the city and surrounding area offer plenty to do.
Check out the websites listed below for more attractions and local restaurants. For additional information, visit the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau online at www.gotolouisville.com, call (888) 568-4784 or write to 1 Riverfront Plaza, 401 West Main St., Suite 2300, Louisville, KY 40202.
See you in Louisville!
Know Before You Go
The Kentucky Exposition Center is at the junction of Interstates I-65 and I-264. Follow these directions to make your way to the Expo Center:
From I-65 northbound: Exit at Fair/Expo Center (Exit 131B). Follow signs to the main gate, Gate 1.
From I-65 southbound: Take Exit 132 to Crittenden Drive and merge to the left. Gate 4 to the Fair/Expo Center will be on the left. To enter Gate 1 (main gate), go past Exit 132 and continue approximately ¼ mile down I-65 to Exit 131B. Follow the Fair/Expo Center signs to Gate 1.
From I-264 westbound: Exit at the Fair/Expo Center (Exit 11) and follow the signs to Gate 1 (main gate). If you continue on I-264, you can exit at Crittenden Drive to enter Gates 2, 3 or 4. To access Preston Highway (Route 61), take Exit 12. Turn right off the exit ramp and follow Preston Highway to Gate 6, which will be on the left.
From I-264 eastbound: Exit at the Fair/Expo Center (Exit 11) to Crittenden Drive. Proceed to Gates 2, 3 and 4, which will be on the right. If you continue past Crittenden Drive on I-264, exit at the Fair/Expo Center (Exit 12) and follow the signs to Gate 1 (main gate).
Check out these websites when making plans to attend the?National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky.:
National Farm?Machinery Show
Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau
Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby
Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory
Kentucky Science Center
Belle of Louisville riverboat cruises
Frazier History Museum
Thomas Edison House
Howard Steamboat Museum and historic home
Marengo Cave National Landmark on Blue River
Locust Grove historic home
Farmington Historic Plantation
Muhammad Ali Center
Local restaurants found only in Louisville