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The National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS) gives thousands of people the chance to buy, learn, and “dream big.” Attendees can kick tires, contemplate prices, and investigate purchasing options while comparing agricultural technology and equipment from most of the major manufacturers in the business.

Each year, more than 300,000 people come to see the products shown by more than 800 exhibitors occupying the 1.2 million square feet of show space. Exhibitors and attendees come from across the country and around the world to take part in the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the United States.

“The show’s visitors and exhibitors have shown great loyalty over the years,” Harold Workman, Kentucky State Fair Board president, said. “This has allowed the show to grow into the massive event it is today.”

The Kentucky State Fair Board has guided the NFMS since its beginning. The origins of the show date back to the start of the 20th century with the beginning of the Kentucky State Fair. Most commercial exhibitors at the fair showed products for the agricultural market. By 1940, the number of farm equipment exhibits at the Kentucky State Fair stretched across 30 acres. The fair board decided the agricultural aspects of the fair should be allowed to develop further on their own, which ultimately led the board to produce the NFMS at the Kentucky Exposition Center in 1966.

The NFMS has seen steady growth in attendance and number of exhibitors, ever since. Every year there is a waiting list of exhibitors vying to be a part of the show. Recent renovations to the Kentucky Exposition Center provided much needed space for the show to expand. “These upgrades have allowed us to remove some names from our waiting list. They have also provided exhibitors with adequate space to expand, especially those displaying the latest trends in large-scale farming equipment,” Workman said.

If you want to see what some of that large-scale equipment can do, the Championship Tractor Pull adds an element of both entertainment and competition to the NFMS. The popular event has been adding action-packed, engine-roaring excitement to the show for 40 years. More than 75,000 people are expected to fill Freedom Hall during the event’s four-day run. The Championship Tractor Pull is the country’s oldest indoor tractor pull. It attracts top drivers from across the country, as well as dedicated attendees who love to take advantage of the opportunity to inspect the tractors and obtain drivers’ autographs.

“The National Farm Machinery Show gives attendees a hands-on look at advances in modern farming and has developed a reputation as being an event both exhibitors and visitors are excited to be a part of,” Workman concluded. “We are fortunate to be such an integral part of this special event, and we recognize its great potential for further growth in the future.”

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