The nation’s largest indoor farm show, the National Farm Machinery Show, is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 13-16 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The National Farm Machinery Show features the most comprehensive selection of cutting-edge agricultural products, equipment and services in the United States.
Admission to the show is free and open to the public. Parking is $10 per vehicle.
Championship Tractor Pull
More than 70,000 fans will flood Freedom Hall Feb. 13-16 for the super-charged Championship Tractor Pull at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The event draws the nation’s top drivers as they compete for the title of Grand Champion and a share of more than $200,000 in prize money.
Tractor Pull 101
Drivers compete in 11 divisions based on the weight and type of machine. Competition begins when a weighted sled is attached to the machine. Competitors then “gun for a full pull” – pulling the sled the full length of the dirt track. If two or more drivers in a division nail a full pull, more weight is added. The driver who pulls the farthest wins.
Consider wearing ear plugs during the pull, because these machines are loud – some are even powered by modified airplane engines.
The Pit: Up close and personal
Want to check out the wheeled beasts before they roar into gear? Visit “The Pit” in Broadbent Arena and get up close to competing tractors and trucks, meet drivers, get autographs and take photos with favorite vehicles. Admission is free and open to the public Wednesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Tickets on sale now
Tickets for the Championship Tractor Pull are available at the Kentucky Exposition Center Ticket Office, online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/ or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. A detailed tractor pull schedule is available at http://www.champpull.org/.
Biggest indoor farm machinery show
Each year more than 300,000 attendees from around the world explore displays of equipment, services and technology – more than 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space. With 890 booths, there’s something for everyone to discover.
Free seminars are scheduled Feb. 13-16 in the South Wing, with subjects ranging from market and weather strategies to world record corn and soybean yields and tillage trends to technology. Watch a live- taping of “U.S. Farm Report” market roundtable with Tyne Morgan and special guests Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. in South Wing B105. More information is available at http://www.farmmachineryshow.org/.
Farmers Market: Gifts and crafts
For those who are more interested in shops than crops, head over to the South Wing Mezzanine to the Gift and Craft Market, with its nearly 80 booths of jewelry, clothing, cowboy gear, tractor-branded merchandise, handcrafted gifts, toys, collectibles, sweet and savory snacks, and more. The market is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.