Your exposition planner for the 2012 National Farm Machinery Show
February is the time of year to make a trip to the National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS) in Louisville, Ky. Before heading out to the fields for planting, come see row after row of new iron at the 47th annual event from Feb. 15 to 18. 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 more than 850 exhibitors, the 2012 show will have something for every farmer’s interest.
Exhibits 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, exhibit halls are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free; parking is $8. RV parking is available but requires advance registration.
High-power fun. In 2011, NFMS will host the 44th annual Championship Tractor Pull, sponsored by Syngenta. Each night at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., the adjacent Freedom Hall is home to the contest, which attracts the best competitors in the country with more than $200,000 in prize money. This event packs the arena every year, so be sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. You can call (800) 745-3000 or go to www.ticketmaster.com.
Meet our staff. Make sure to stop by Booth 128 in South Wing A and meet our editors and contributing columnists. There will also be a live taping of the Marketing Roundtable segment of "U.S. Farm Report." Free 90-minute seminars will be conducted by Farm Journal Economist Bob Utterback, Field Agronomists Ken Ferrie and Missy Bauer, high-yield wheat expert Phil Needham, and Implement & Tractor columnist Greg Peterson. All seminars will be presented in the South Wing conference center.
Make a trip of it. The machinery show lasts only four days, so if you already have someone lined up to do your chores, take advantage of the 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 ideas about things to do and places to go. For more about the city’s attractions, contact the Louisville Visitors Bureau by calling (800) 626-5646 or writing to 1 Riverfront Plaza, 401 West Main St., Suite 2300, Louisville, KY 40202. See you in Louisville!
Know Before You Go
Check out these websites for more information when making your plans to attend the?National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky.: