This is the second 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.
My husband and I started out at the Farm Progress Show carrying nothing. I have a tiny purse, and we like to travel light. Immediately we saw everyone with some sort of reusable bag, each one obviously carrying something. I’d been told about all the free hats, but I never imagined I’d see so many free things in one place. I was one of those kids who liked to go to the State Fair with my parents, get a free plastic bag and fill it with every free thing I could find….mostly stickers and brochures back then. This day was going to take all of my will power to stay with my new minimalist (sorta) ways.
It wasn’t until we decided to head out to the field demonstrations that I started to weaken. We headed out to the far north end to see what the field demonstrations were all about. The 1st things we saw were a field sprayer and a tractor that we could actually ride in or drive. After that they gave you a free 3-gallon bucket. I felt like we’d won a prize and needed those buckets to remember this momentous occasion, so we thanked the guy and headed on to the next thing carrying our buckets. Well, when you’re carrying buckets, you might as well put stuff in them, right?
We still only collected a few free things compared to everyone else. There were the usual pens, pencils, paper. There were some refreshments, such as ice cream, lemonade, and popcorn (of course!). We managed to get a few cool hats that we’ll actually wear. There were some only popular with the students:
Suddenly I saw almost everyone carrying 5 gallon buckets from Morton Buildings, then from Stone Seed. I had to have one. I could use a 5 gallon bucket more than a 3 gallon. We went to the big Morton Building and couldn’t find buckets, but we did sign up to win a free Morton building: (make mine Equestrian please!)
Everywhere we went people were carrying multiple 5 gallon buckets. One person had a stack of buckets so high, it was taller than he was. My husband finally said he was tired of hearing about the 5 gallon buckets, so I had to cheer him up:
Finally, we found the Stone Seed tent and got a free 5 gallon bucket! The person handing them out said they had handed out over 3,000 buckets so far. My husband was relieved! My day was complete!….until I saw a cool Pioneer hat on someone. So what did we do? Headed over to Pioneer….and BOUGHT it.
Items we brought home for free: 3 buckets, 2 t-shirts, 3 hats, bags, pens, magnets, neck cooler, fan, screwdriver, yard stick, walking stick, lunch box, sunglasses, toothpicks with holder, bracelet, ruler.