Last week I made what is turning out to be an annual trip to the Empire Farm Days show. If you’ve been here before you know the drill but if your new here is the gist. Every year a three day show is held that showcases the latest and greatest in farm equipment, crop management, livestock betterment and more. Think of it as the Worlds Fair for agriculture. There are plenty of seminars and demonstrations to enjoy if you’re into that type of thing. Personally, I skip the dairy heard management techniques and usually check out the tractors demos.
I used to gawk at these machines as a child and not much has changed now. Well, back then I used to climb up into the cab and poke at the peddles and switches but that seems like a strange thing to do at my age. I don’t want to be that guy who shoves little kids out of the way so I can sit in the cab making tractor sounds.
As I mentioned before live demonstrations are a hallmark of the show. Very little is on display that at some point in time will not be seen at the demonstration field. Bleachers are setup along with a PA system for narration. It’s like a dog show but with tractors. After each demonstration the crowd is invited out into the field to see the results of the equipment first hand. If you know what you are looking at the demos can be a strong selling point. And don’t forget about show specials on equipment that is used! Deep discounts.
Tomorrow, some coverage of the trucks and other unique vehicles at the show but until then, the tractors.