Southern Farm Show Gets Ready For Jan. 30 Opening Day

Three-day show features 300 exhibitors, entertainment and equipment demos.

Published on: Nov 21, 2012

The Southern Farm Show is revving up for an exciting show this year, Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.

Over 300 exhibiting companies make this the largest agricultural farm show in the Carolinas and Virginia. And several special features of the SFS make it one of the most anticipated farming events of the year. First of all, it is held during a time of year when farmers are making their buying decisions for the year. The sponsor notes only agricultural and affiliated companies are allowed to participate; a fact that ensures the audience will be ready to do business. The show is a showcase for agricultural products. It is also a meeting place for associations, many of which hold annual meetings and other events at the show. Among these are the kickoff Agribusiness Breakfast Meeting, which is sponsored by the Wake County Agribusiness Council, and a tentative schedule of events by the N.C. Pork Producers, the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina, the N.C. Soybean Producers Association, and the N.C. Agricultural Development Forum which is sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services which features Steve Troxler's presentation of his "State of N.C. Agriculture" address.

Gathering Crowds: Crowds flock to the Jim Graham Building during the Southern Farm Show. It is just one of many locations at the N.C. State Fairgrounds that houses exhibitors during the three-day show. Virtually every building at the fairgrounds is used for the show and there are also outside exhibits and tents.
Gathering Crowds: Crowds flock to the Jim Graham Building during the Southern Farm Show. It is just one of many locations at the N.C. State Fairgrounds that houses exhibitors during the three-day show. Virtually every building at the fairgrounds is used for the show and there are also outside exhibits and tents.

Another big event not to be missed is the Annual Southern National Draft Horse Pull and Mule Jump. It is held Friday, just after the official close of the farm show itself. In past years this show has included a blue-grass band, performers, a grand parade of horse and mule-pulled antique far equipment, a leaping mule competition and the capper, a weight pulling competition by huge Belgian, Clydesdale, Percheron and other draft horse breeds that come to the show from all over the U.S. to compete.

The show will be Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2013 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, North Carolina. Hours each day, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, are 9 a.m – 4 p.m.

Admission and parking to the SFS is free. Learn more here.