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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Everyone loves a good demo, and it’s even more mesmerizing if there’s water involved.
- People go crazy over buckets (see future blog “My Quest for a 5-gallon Bucket”).
- 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:
- You will definitely get your steps in for the day:
- 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:
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!