Louisville will again play host

America's largest indoor farm show — the 37th Annual National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS) — is coming to Louisville Feb. 13-16. With its comprehensive exhibits, displays and seminars that fill the more than one million square feet of climate-controlled space available at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, the NFMS emphasizes the importance of combining agricultural basics with the technological advances that are revolutionizing the industry.

Nearly 800 exhibitors and thousands of items are featured at this premier agricultural exposition. Virtually every major line of equipment, seeds, chemicals, services, electronics and livestock supplies are simultaneously accessible for product comparisons.

Farmers, dairy operators, livestock producers and agribusiness professionals of every sort will have hands-on access to the newest and most innovative products on the market today.

With more and more of today's farmers making strategic business decisions to assist them in meeting the agricultural demands of the new millennium, the NFMS becomes a necessary resource in their plans to flourish during future industry changes.

Accordingly, nearly 300,000 visitors from North America and abroad travel to the NFMS each year seeking the proper tools and services to effectively conquer those challenges. From basic hand tools and tractors to solar electric fencing and computer software the NFMS offers the complete package to agribusinesses both big and small.

When the exhibit floor closes, though, the show is really just beginning. Each night the 34th Annual Championship Tractor Pull, the oldest large-scale indoor pull in America, revs up a ground-pounding, high energy competition in Freedom Hall.

America's top drivers and their battle-tested muscle machines compete in semi-final classes, including Pro Stock, Super Stock, Super Farm, Modified and Alcohol Tractors, plus Two- and Four-Wheel Drive Trucks, for a share of $207,300 in prize money.

This thrilling event, sponsored by Syngenta, runs each evening of the NFMS at 7:30 p.m. with an additional showdown on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

Tickets are subject to availability and can be purchased at the KFEC Ticket Office or through any TicketMaster outlet. Friday and Saturday nights are sold out.

The Family Living Center, a calmer addition to the NFMS, featuring unique and quaint gift ideas for friends and family, offers an assortment of items for the farm and home. Shoppers can find unusual gadgets, home accessories, arts and crafts, handmade clothing, jewelry and souvenirs.

The Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, home of the NFMS, is located at the junction of I-65 and I-264, five miles south of downtown Louisville, Ky. Exhibits are open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. EST. Admission is free and parking is just $3.00.

For additional show information, call the NFMS Hotline at 1-502-367-5004, or browse through the official Website at www.farmmachineryshow.org.

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