Editor's Note: There's a lot to see at the National Farm Machinery Show - in fact there really is something for everyone and the Gift and Craft Market offers a lot. Here's a look at the changes and what you'll find there.
In 2016, the former Family Living Center was renamed and relocated to the South Wing Mezzanine above South Wing C. It was a big change for many exhibitors, but those who chose to make the move are returning for 2017. With more than 80 exhibits, the location is accessible by both escalator and elevator.
“We loved the new site upstairs,” says Carolyn Page, with Scentsy-Pages Scent Inc. “We were placed in the center of the back row, which worried me.”
However, Page eventually appreciated the location because most visitors to the new space had to pass by the Scentsy booth.
A longtime exhibitor at the show, Page works the event with her husband, Gary. “We were actually busier in the new space. There’s more room up there, and it’s more open,” she says. “I’ve been working with the farm show for years; we had a good show.”
The Scentsy system that the Pages sell is popular for guests who like the many scents and unique delivery systems they can use in their homes.
For the 2017 show, Page will have not only the products returning customers expect, but also some new items, including the Stargaze Warmer. “It has a totally different look, like fireworks going off,” she says.
Building up business
Jeff Moore, Moore’s Farm Toys, was concerned about the change to the new location as well, but customers found his business in its new location.
“It takes time, I realize, for people to find a new location,” he says. “We were slow the first day.” However, he says by the end of the show he had sold more, and is booked for the 2017 event.
Unlike some farm toy exhibitors, Moore crafts his own product to offer unique items. And for his 2017 return, he plans to have more toy pulling tractors, sleds and trucks.
“We’re strictly custom farm toys and a variety of items for young kids,” he says. “We also have custom tractors, combines, trucks and trailers.”
You can see some of Moore’s toys by visiting mooresfarmtoys.com.
Books, jewelry and belts
Usborne Books & More offers a large selection of educational and entertaining children’s books, featuring tractors, diggers and other big machines. And there are books about farm animals, too.
Or you may be looking for jewelry for that special person in your life who couldn’t join you at the show. Several vendors in the market make it possible to find just the right item.
Crafts by Jarrett will also be on hand. In addition to its leather belts, the company offers a wide selection of decorative belt buckles.
“The tractor brand belt buckles are the most popular at this show,” says Ron Jarrett, who works the event with his wife, Jane. “We carry all the brands with licensed buckles.”
Crafts by Jarrett is expanding its offering of one product that turned out to be popular in 2016: a new U.S.-made line of leather belts. They are all made of thick harness leather with a wide variety of designs that are fitted to your size while you wait.
Baja jackets will also be sold.
From scent systems to custom farm toys, from children’s books to leather belts, from jewelry to telescoping flag poles, the Gift and Craft Market is the place to find that something special from the National Farm Machinery Show.
So consider a trip up to the mezzanine during the 2017 show. You’ll find a range of products. The Gift and Craft Market is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during all four days of the show. Make plans to visit.