December 14, 2022
There really is something for everyone at the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show! The annual show will be held Feb. 24 – 25, 2023 at the Renasant Convention Center, Memphis, Tenn.
One would expect to see the latest equipment and machinery and technology innovations, but the Farm & Gin Show also features thousands of cash prizes awarded daily, and an opportunity to win a champion bloodline Labrador puppy, according to Tim Price, show manager. “The puppy give-away is one of the highlights each day of the show – kids drag their parents to the booth where the puppies are on display,” Price said. “And at 3 p.m. when the winner’s name is drawn, I either make someone extremely happy or very disappointed,” he related.
Cash prizes are awarded each day of the show at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Exhibitors also award various prizes. Corky’s BBQ, German Roasted Nuts, and other food items are available at the show, as well. Price said all the activities, prizes, and the trade show floor provide an opportunity to catch up with friends and family. “We know that attendees come to the Farm & Gin Show to meet others they may only see at this show,” he said. “We provide an environment of fellowship, fun, and educational opportunities, in addition to the latest equipment and machinery.”
Educational seminars focus on market outlooks for all major Mid-South crops: cotton, corn, soybeans, wheat, and rice. Ag Updates are held Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Joe Nicosia, Louis Dreyfus, provides the cotton outlook on Friday, and Richard Brock, Brock Associates, covers grains on Saturday. Plans are also underway for an International Trade Forum, sponsored by Agricenter International.
For the second year, 4H clubs from around the Mid-South will participate in a food preparation competition designed to demonstrate ways to create nutritious meals commonly received at food pantries. The contest is like The Food Network’s “Chopped.”
Contestants receive specific ingredients, from which they must create a recipe. Teams describe their creation, including what they made, ingredients included in the dish, and nutritional content such as calories and macronutrients. Teams are judged on preparation, presentation, and taste. “This competition is really exciting,” Price said. “It is energizing to watch the contestants work together and develop unique recipes.” The competition will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25.
Show hours are Friday, Feb. 24, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.. Registration for the show will be available online and attendees are encouraged to pre-register at the Farm and Gin Show website. More information on the show is available at farmandginshow.com
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