Farm Progress Show: First Impressions from a First-Timer

Farm Progress Show: First Impressions from a First-Timer

This is the first in a 3-part series on the Farm Progress Show written by Hilary Shaw of Moore & Warner, the firm’s office manager and a first-time attendee of the Show.

August arrived, and we received the first mailing about the Farm Progress Show 2017.  I had never been to a Farm Progress Show despite growing up in rural Central Illinois and hearing about it for years.  However, I now work for the best professional farm management company in the agricultural industry and was informed that I would get to take a day and go experience the “The Nation’s Largest Outdoor Farm Show” to learn what I can about farming.

I went through the Prairie Farmer magazine’s feature and show map, downloaded the app onto my phone, and followed it on Twitter and Facebook.  There were a few things I wanted to be sure to see, but I wanted to wing it the rest of the day.  I was warned about using a golf cart and, at the same time, warned about the golf cart drivers.  I wanted to walk it, however, and the last week of August brought great weather.

1st impressions:

  • Traffic directing, flow and parking was well-organized and well-staffed.
  • There was a field full of school buses.
  • There were license plates from all over the United States.
  • There were indeed many, many golf carts.
The most tricked-out golf cart we saw. I love it when horses are used for parking.
The most tricked-out golf cart we saw.
I love it when horses are used for parking.
  • I didn’t see one person I knew.
  • You can cover it all in one day, but you can’t see everything in one day.
  • I’ve never seen so many advertisements and free marketing items given away in my life:blog-1-soybean-ad-pic
  • Everyone loves a good demo, and it’s even more mesmerizing if there’s water involved.blog-1-kids-and-river-pic
  • People go crazy over buckets (see future blog “My Quest for a 5-gallon Bucket”).blog-1-bucket-pic
  • You can go and never have to buy water. There was plenty for free.
  • The main walkways were paved.
  • Wives love to snuggle in front of a green screen….and their husbands don’t really mind either. This was a very popular station:
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  • You will definitely get your steps in for the day:blog-1-steps-pic
  • They had live music playing most of the day.
  • You don’t have to be a farmer to enjoy the show.
  • I signed up to win more things in one day than I have in my life:
    A drone was just one of the many things to possibly win.
    A drone was just one of the many things to possibly win.

    All in all it was a great day.  I did learn a few things about farming, but I actually came away with more questions for our farm managers.  There were booths there that aren’t directly related to farming that I learned a lot from (stay tuned for future blog on my favorite things).  I will definitely be going back when it comes to town again in 2 years!

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