LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The National Farm Machinery Show offers the most comprehensive selection of advanced agricultural products, equipment and services available to the agriculture industry.
Professionals from around the world gain knowledge and hands-on access to the various technological advancements needed for the upcoming agricultural season during the four-day show. The Kentucky Exposition Center is fully stocked with more than 900 exhibitor booths, making it the largest indoor agricultural show in the nation.
Almost every major range of agricultural equipment will be on display, allowing attendees to compare products side by side. In addition to seeing the latest products on the market, visitors can attend free seminars led by industry experts.
The agricultural industry continued to evolve. Rural family farms marked the landscape before the rise of big business. Americans, who once relied on subsistence agriculture, have turned to large-scale, industrialized, vertically integrated “agribusiness.”
Through ups and downs, traditions and new conventions, the National Farm Machinery Show has found a niche that meets the changing needs of developing farmers.
Two shows shaped the beginnings of the National Agricultural Machinery Show. In 1963, the University of Kentucky sponsored an electricity demonstration and exhibit for farmers in Lexington. This initial show opened the door, eventually expanding to include more types of energy, including agricultural energy.
Additionally, the largest and most popular trade exhibitors during the Kentucky State Fair’s first 40 years were related to the agricultural industry. Electrical equipment worth half a million dollars at the Farm Implement Show occupied more than 30 acres of the fairgrounds.
Due to its popularity and growing agricultural interests in the area, many knew the time was right to expand. Eventually, in February 1965, a few hundred farmers, vendors, and crop experts gathered at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center to launch an agricultural exposition. That year, commodity prices were high and farmers were making record profits.
The farm show then added an element of entertainment four years after its inception. In 1969, the first Championship Tractor Draw was the first major indoor event at Freedom Hall and drew 66 tractors in three classes.
Today, the nation’s oldest tractor pull continues to enjoy the popularity of people whose heroes are farmers and whose obsessions revolve around machinery and horsepower.
Louisville’s location in the agriculture-rich Midwest and Southern Corridor was accessible and attractive to agricultural equipment manufacturers and dealers nationwide.
Exhibitors found a fair organized in a central location where they could showcase their agricultural products, services and equipment to an interested audience of professional and recreational farmers.
The biggest in the country
The once-tiny agricultural expo is now the largest indoor agricultural trade show in the country and plans to welcome more than 300,000 attendees and exhibitors. Vendors and industry experts spread across 27 acres of interconnected indoor exhibit space educate farmers and seek out potential buyers.
The show, now in its fifth decade, showcases innovative technologies, new product launches and alternative energy, among others. As well as having convenient access to the latest and most innovative products on the market, attendees will also benefit from a selection of free seminars led by some of the industry’s top experts.
Industry officials and manufacturers seem to agree that while large equipment sales remain strong, significant opportunities exist with smaller acreage farm machinery. This bodes well for the continued existence of the National Farm Machinery Show.
With over 900 booths, the show offers agricultural equipment, technology and hardware for every attendee.
Because the show is at the start of the agricultural season, it tends to help forecast the season ahead – a feat heralded by Kentucky Governor Edward Breathitt, who remarked during the opening address of the second national show agricultural machinery that the future of the show has “incalculable educational benefits” and “a myriad of other possibilities [for the] agricultural sector. »
Get the details
Appointment: From Wednesday February 16 to Saturday February 19.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (EST)
Site: Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, Louisville, KY 40209.
Prices: Free entry.
Registration: Optional for the 2022 show.
Seminars: The seminars are free to all attendees and are scheduled for February 16-18 in the South Wing, with topics ranging from market and weather strategies to building better grain dryers.
Car park: The Kentucky Exposition Center has over 19,000 parking spaces. Parking is $10 for cars and $20 for buses. There are four entrance gates to the Kentucky Exposition Center: Gate 1, Gate 2, Gate 4, and Gate 6. For events at Freedom Hall or the West Wing, the nearest car park is located in Lots E or J which can be accessed from Ring Road/Circle of Champions. Lot N (in front of the West Concourse) and Lot A (in front of the South Wings) are open for visitor parking. Freedom Way is also open to traffic from Ring Road/Circle of Champions and the main gate.
HOTELS: Hotels located near Gate 1: Crowne Plaza, Howard Johnson, Courtyard Louisville, Springhill Suites, Roadway, Residence Inn and Hampton Inn. We recommend entering the property through Gate 2 or Gate 3 going south/west on Phillips Lane towards Crittenden Drive. Turn right on Crittenden Drive and follow signs to Gate 2 or Gate 3. Hotels located near Gate 4: Holiday Inn, Country Inn, Ramada, Super 8 and Hilton. We recommend entering the property through Gate 4 adjacent to the hotels off Crittenden Drive. Hotels located near Gate 6: La Quinta Inn and Sleep Inn. We recommend entering the property through Gate 6 heading west on Preston Highway. Gate 6 entrance road is located between Thorntons and Sleep Inn.
INFORMATION: For more information about the show, visit farmmachineryshow.org
DIRECTIONS: FROM I-65 NORTHBOUND: Exit at Fairgrounds/Exhibit Center (Exit 131B) and follow signs to Gate 1, Main Entrance. FROM I-65 SOUTHBOUND: Take Exit 132 to Crittenden Drive and go far left. Gate 4 of the Fair/Expo Center will be directly on the left after the Cracker Barrel Restaurant. Or continue on Crittenden Drive to Gates 3 and 2, which will be on the left. FROM I-264 WESTBOUND: Exit at Fair/Expo Center (Exit 11) and follow signs to Gate 1. Or continue to Crittenden Drive to enter Gates 2, 3 or 4. Exit 12 is the Preston Freeway (Highway 61). Take a right out of the exit and follow Preston to Gate 6, which will be on the left between Sleep Inn and Thornton’s Gas Station. FROM I-264 EASTBOUND: Exit at Exhibit/Fair Center (Exit 11) to Crittenden Drive. Go to doors 2, 3 and 4 which will be on the right. Or continue past the Crittenden Drive exit to I-65 and Fair/Expo Center (Exit 12) and follow signs to Gate 1.
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