As exhibitors make their attendance plans and farmers are turning their minds to the new equipment they'll need for next year, the people who put on the Southern Farm Show in Raleigh each year are getting ready for their most exciting show ever. The Southern Farm Show will be held Feb. 1-3 this year, at the expansive N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
Both admission and parking are free for the event featuring such entertainment as country music bands, FFA driving competitions, herding dogs and horse pulls.
Over 60% of the attendees each year are full or part time farmers and nearly another 25% are suppliers and groundskeepers.
The Wake County Agribusiness Council will hold their annual Agribusiness Business Meeting in conjunction with a Breakfast Meeting. This is the traditional kickoff for the farm show, slated for 7:15 a.m. on Feb. 1 at the Hunt Horse Arena. Tickets for the breakfast are $10.
More associations are using the Southern Farm Show each year to hold educational events and annual meetings. The N.C. Soybean Producers Association will hold a forum at the show this year and the N.C. Tobacco Growers Association will hold its annual meeting on Friday, Feb. 3. The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association will meet at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 1. In addition, N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will hold the 2012 Agricultural Development Forum at the show. That is Feb 2, at 9:30 a.m. in the Holshouser building.
But for farmers the real feature of the show is all the farming equipment they can see and learn about, including tractors in all sizes, from lawn-sized models to gps-steered monsters with dualies or tracks. There is planting, irrigation and haying equipment, as well, and equipment to suit the purposes of both crop and livestock farmers.
Service dealers present their wares at the show, too, whether it is an insurance offering, a crop consulting firm or other type of service.
This is barely scratching the surface of all that is offered. Learn more about the Southern Farm Show this year at the expositions' web site at www.southernshows.com/sfs/.