The Kentucky Exposition Middle (Photograph: LG&E and KU)
Louisville is residence to the country’s largest indoor farm show this week, because the National Farm Machinery Show takes over the Kentucky Exposition Center.
Here’s everything you need to know:
How much does it cost?
Good news first: admission is free. But parking is $10 for cars and $20 for buses.
What does show feature?
The show displays cutting-edge agricultural products, equipment and services in the farming industry from 860 exhibitors. Members of the farming industry get hands-on access to new technology, as well as free seminars led by experts.
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How long has the show been around?
The National Farm Machinery Show is in its fifth decade. Its roots began in Lexington in 1963, when the University of Kentucky sponsored an electricity demonstration and exhibit for farmers.
That show eventually expanded to include more types of farming technology, and in 1965, a group of farmers, salespeople and experts gathered at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center to start a farm show. What began as a few hundred people now is the nation’s largest and expects 300,000 exhibitors and attendees.
Is there camping available?
There is camping and RV parking available. Camping is $30 per night, and RV parking is $50 a night. RV parking includes an electric hook-up and dump station use. For more information, call 502-367-5380.
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What else does the show have?
Championship Tractor Pulls take place every day during the show, starting at 7 p.m., with an additional pull at noon on Saturday. The pulls last about three hours. There will also be a Blue and Gold Auction benefiting the Kentucky FFA Foundation.
How can I attend?
The show runs from Wednesday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane. For more information, visit farmmachineryshow.org.
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