|The National Farm Machinery Show is the country's largest indoor farm show, with 850 exhibitors.
February is the time of year to make a trip to Louisville, Ky., for the National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS). Before heading out to the fields for planting, come see row after row of new iron at the 44th annual event from Feb. 11 to 14. As the largest indoor farm show in the country, this is definitely a show where you can kick some tires.
An event like no other. The Kentucky Exposition Center, home of NFMS, has grown through a series of hall renovations and expansions in the past couple of years. With 1.2 million sq. ft. of exhibition space and 850 exhibitors, the 2009 show will surely have something for every farmer's interest.
Exhibitors include grain-handling and storage equipment; computers and electronics; tractors and combines; tillage implements; planting, fertilizing and spraying equipment; alternative energy; trucks and trailers; irrigation equipment; livestock feeding and handling equipment; buildings, sheds and fencing; shop tools and more!
During the four-day show, the exhibit halls are open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. Admission is free; parking is $6. RV parking is available, but it requires advance registration.
High-power fun. In 2009, NFMS will host the 41st annual Championship Tractor Pull, which is sponsored by Syngenta. Each night at 7:30 p.m., the adjacent Freedom Hall is home to the contest that attracts the best competitors in the country with their eye on the $200,000 prize. This is an extremely popular event that packs the arena every year, so be sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. Call (800) 487-1212 or log on to www.ticketmaster.com.
Meet our staff. During your visit to the show, drop by our room in the conference center for free seminars and a live television show taping hosted by Farm Journal Media. The 90-minute seminars are held in the South Wing conference center and are conducted by Farm Journal Economist Bob Utterback and Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie. There will also be a live taping of the marketing roundtable segment for the weekly syndicated "U.S. Farm Report."
Also, remember to stop by and see Farm Journal Media in Booth 128 in the South Wing. This is where you can meet our editors, contributing columnists and TV personalities.
Make a trip of it. The machinery show only lasts four days, so if you already have someone lined up to do your chores, take advantage of this time away from the farm. While you are in town, check out the recreational activities Louisville has to offer. Home of Louisville Slugger baseball bats, the Kentucky Derby and numerous educational centers, the city and surrounding area have plenty to do and see.
Check out the Web sites listed in the box below for more ideas about things to do and places to go during your stay. For information about the city's numerous attractions, contact the Louisville Visitor's Bureau by writing to 1 Riverfront Plaza, 401 West Main St., Suite 2300, Louisville, KY 40202 or calling (800) 626-5646. See you in Louisville!
Know Before You Go
Check out these Web sites for more information when making your 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
Louisville Science Center
Star of Louisville riverboat cruises
Frazier International History Museum
Thomas Edison House
Howard Steamboat Museum and historic home
Marengo Cave and Blue River National Landmark
Locust Grove historic home
Farmington Historic Plantation
Local restaurants found only in Louisville
Muhammad Ali Center
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 (the main gate). If you continue on I-264, you can exit at Crittenden Drive to enter Gates 2, 3 and 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 the Crittenden Drive exit on I-65, exit at the Fair/Expo Center (Exit 12) and follow the signs to Gate 1 (the main gate).