This year represents the 40th year for the Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo. The December farm show had been in trouble for several years; dwindling attendance and exhibitor count forced previous ownership to cancel the show in January. Two Indiana media companies, Hoosier Ag Today ad Farm World Newspaper, picked up the show, renamed the event, and refocused it. These changes resulted in a significant jump in exhibitor numbers and farmer attendance over the past 3 days. On Tuesday, the first day of the show, attendance numbers topped the best day of the 2017 show. On Thursday, helped by the offering of a free lunch, attendance set a record for the final day of the Expo.
Of the more than 180 exhibitors, over 30 were first time exhibitors at the show. Several large equipment firms indicated they would be expanding their displays at the show in 2019. An expanded seminar program, demonstration area, and a new fresh look to the show floor impressed attendees and exhibitors alike.
The highlight of the event was the Drone-a-day giveaway. A professional Phantom 4 Drone was given away in a random drawing each day of the expo. Winners are Randy Neff, Jim Lankford and Heather Morris.