The pandemic has caused the rescheduling or cancellation of several major in-person agricultural events. The latest is the National Farm Machinery Show and Championship Tractor Pull. The big events move from their familiar February dates to March 31 to April 3.
Annually filling the Kentucky Exposition Center, the show is the largest indoor farm show in the country with 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space.
David S. Beck, president and CEO of Kentucky Venues points out "how important this show is to the global agricultural community and with vaccines on the horizon, moving the National Farm Machinery Show allows more time to deliver a safe event. Our new registration process will allow people to reserve for specific days while maintaining a safe attendance cap during all show hours."
Beck points out that Kentucky Venues has earned accreditation from the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association for its sanitation and outbreak prevention procedures. "We feel confident in our ability to safely produce this crucial event," he adds.
NFMS has enacted new procedures to help stop the spread of COVID-19, including:
* Every attendee will be required to register for the show, submitting their name and contact information for contact tracing and attendance management
* Capacity will be capped to allow 36 sq. ft. of space per person at any given time
* The trade show will be conducted in a hybrid model to allow for both in-person and virtual attendance
* Facial coverings will be required for everyone in attendance
* Increased hand sanitizer and handwashing stations will be available throughout the property
The Championship Tractor Pull will be live-streamed and in-person attendance will be capped at 33%, which is 7,000 people. Only half of the rows in Freedom Hall will be available, with closed rose marked to prevent attendees from sitting in them. And closed seats will be placed between all parties to allow for social distancing. The Pit in Broadbent Arena will be closed to the public.
The tractor pull has livestreamed its event for the past several years as a pay-per-view event, and that continues.
The National Farm Machinery Show is free and open to the public with pre-registration. Parking is $10 per vehicle and $20 for a bus. Added safety measures and show information are available at farmmachineryshow.org. And keep up to date on the Championship Tractor Pull at champpull.org.
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