Another one bites the dust. Another large indoor gathering of farmers that is, this time the national Farm Machinery Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The show and Championship Tractor Pull are normally held in mid-February. This year dates were first delayed to the end of March and first days of April, but Thursday’s announcement cancels it altogether due to the COVD-19 pandemic. Show management says the largest indoor farm show in the country is postponed until February 16-19, 2022.
President and CEO of Kentucky Venues, David S. Beck says postponement is the best way to keep guests, exhibitors and coworkers safe and healthy during this uncertain time. He added that postponing the National Farm Machinery Show and tractor pull was a decision made in consultation with exhibitors, pullers, sponsors, and even attendees.
Similar difficult decisions have already been made by management of our own Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo scheduled for last December, the American Farm Bureau convention in January and the annual Commodity Classic.
Commodity Classic in-person was canceled, but due to the nature of the event, with its many seminars and guest speakers, they have created the 2021 Special Edition Commodity Classic direct to your farm digitally March 2-5, 2021 and it is free to the first 5,000 farmers. A very nominal $20 registration fee is required thereafter. Registration for that is now open at Commodity Classic.
And there is another large show postponed from January to March 9-11 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The 32nd annual Fort Wayne Farm Show is still on, and those organizers are undoubtedly reviewing whether it can open and run in a safe manner. Stay tuned.
NFMS news release
National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS) and Championship Tractor Pull announced scheduled events will be postponed until February 16-19, 2022. Despite initially planning to continue the shows this March, the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic has led show management to make the difficult decision to postpone events until next year.
“The health and safety of our guests, exhibitors and coworkers is our highest priority and unfortunately the best way to keep them safe is to postpone the show. Postponing the National Farm Machinery Show and Championship Tractor Pull was not made lightly, but in consultation with exhibitors, pullers, sponsors, and attendees who are a valuable part of our decision-making process” said President and CEO of Kentucky Venues David S. Beck.
The National Farm Machinery Show is held annually at the Kentucky Exposition Center and is the largest indoor farm show in the country consisting of 1.2 million square feet of sold-out exhibit space. The show is a key player in the global agriculture industry featuring the most comprehensive display of equipment, services, and technology.
Held in conjunction with the farm show, Championship Tractor Pull draws more than 70,000 fans in person and online from across the globe to watch five action-packed pulls over the course of four days. Sponsored by Syngenta, the event draws the nation’s top drivers as they compete for the title of grand champion and a prize pool of over $200,000.
“We look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2022 for the 56th National Farm Machinery Show and 53rd Championship Tractor Pull with a focus on the future of agribusiness. As we strive to produce the best experience for everyone, we will take the lessons of 2020 and 2021 to plan a comprehensive show with relevant seminars and educational content alongside the latest state-of-the-art farming equipment,” said Beck.
Exhibitors and Vendors
Similar to previous years, space contracted for the prior show is reserved for the same exhibitor at the next show. Exhibitors’ 2020 floor space is reserved in 2022. If you have an interest in exhibiting at the 2022 show, applications will be available online in late-April.
Championship Tractor Pull Ticket Holders
Priority ticket holders’ 2020 seats are reserved for 2022. If you purchased seats for 2021, your purchase will be refunded automatically. Please contact the ticket office at 502-367-5144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want your purchase to be applied to 2022. General admission tickets go on sale in fall 2021.
For more information, visit https://farmmachineryshow.org/2021-reschedule.