The agricultural industry around the world, as most things have, has continued to evolve to incorporate the latest science and technology. The equipment and farming products on display this week in the Kentucky Exposition Center might be nearly unrecognizable to farmers from just a generation or two ago.
Whether you are in the agricultural business yourself, interested in seeing how the food that you consume is produced, or simply want to marvel at the engineering and technology on display, the National Farm Machinery Show has something for everyone.
The annual four-day event, which is free to attend, boasts more than 1.3 million square feet of indoor exhibit space occupied by nearly 900 agricultural displays. These exhibits showcase the latest products and services offered by everyone from large, well-established companies to smaller outfits who have created practical implements borne out of necessity based on hand-on experience in the field.
Education also plays a large part of the NFMS, including daily seminars to help agribiz workers identify industry trends, increase crop yields, and make use of the latest technology that is available.
In addition to the exhibits focused on the hardware that farmers need to ply their trade, the show also offers a large Gift & Craft Market. This marketplace, located in the South Wing Mezzanine, features more than 80 booths offering a wide array of gifts, souvenirs, toys, collectibles, and more.
While admission to the NFMS is free, parking at the Kentucky Exposition Center will cost $10 for cars and $20 for buses. The NFMS is open 9am to 6pm daily.
Held in conjunction with the National Farm Machinery Show, each night Freedom Hall will roar to life with the sounds of high-horsepower diesel tractors, alcohol tractors, and heavy duty 2- and 4-wheel drive modified trucks in the Championship Tractor Pull.
Although the Tractor Pulls are ticketed events, visitors are welcome to stop by The Pit in Broadbent Arena from 9am to 5pm through Friday and 9am to 11am on Saturday. There, they can check out the awesome pulling machines, meet with drivers, and get autographs.