All roads lead to Indianapolis and the Indiana State Fairgrounds Dec. 12-14. The Indiana-Illinois Farm and Outdoor Power Equipment Show is back in town. This is the 39th annual show.
Richard Sherman, show manager, has been part of the event since the very first one. He has seen the show held in good economic times and not-so-good times. In tight times like today, he says companies often show up with a new product or new technology that may help you eke out a bit more profit. He expects that to be the case again this year.
The show is held in the West Pavilion, better known as the cattle barn, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on 38th Street, just west of Fall Creek. Sherman expects over 200 exhibitors, and says representatives from most of the major brands will be there to show their products and talk to customers. The show typically offers everything from a chance to buy a used semitruck to an opportunity to make last-minute seed corn purchases; you could purchase a new heater for your shop or even a flag pole that’s ready to assemble. Local farmers have gone home with all these items and more from past shows.
Seminars will be held daily, with Chris Hurt, Purdue University Extension ag economist, providing a market outlook on Dec. 13 at 11 a.m.
Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST on Dec. 12 and Dec. 13, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 14, the closing day of the show. Admission is free. There is a $5 charge to enter the fairgrounds and park.
Sherman expects the Tribine combine harvester to be on display for its debut in Indianapolis. It was exhibited at the Farm Progress Show earlier this year.