The chance to pretend-drive big farm equipment is always appealing to the show's young visitors.
The 64th Mid-South Farm and Gin Show is now just two days away, and this year’s event — Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27 — is shaping up to be “the biggest and best ever,” says Tim Price, show manager, and executive vice president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation, which sponsors the event, with Delta Farm Press as co-sponsor.
The downtown Memphis Cook Convention Center will be chock full of exhibits to give farmers a preview of what’s new in equipment, products, and services as they get ready for the 2016 cropping season.
Those attending the South’s largest indoor farm show come from nearly every state and several foreign countries, Price says. Some 20,000 people participate in the event.
“Many come each year to reunite with friends and colleagues, and to see the latest innovations and interactive technology. People come to Memphis year after year to have a first look at the latest in technology and learn about the newest products and services.”
There will be many things to see, Price says, with more than 400 exhibitors on hand to interact with showgoers as they look over the latest equipment, new technology, and products and services.
Many of the attendees register for an opportunity to take home a Labrador puppy that is given away each day of the show by Jimmy McMahan, of Sur-Shot Retrievers, Covington, Tenn. He has been providing provides the puppies for many years. “This is definitely one of the popular exhibits at the show each year,” Price says. “Kids of all ages gather around to pet the puppies hope their name will be drawn for one of these quality animals.”
Ag Update seminars, held Friday and Saturday mornings at 8:30 in the Lobby Meeting Room, will provide the latest information on cotton, grains, rice, and wheat, as well as industry outlooks. And there will be special seminars on topics and issues of interest to farmers.
Those planning to attend the show are encouraged to pre-register online at farmandginshow.com — just click on “Attendee Registration” and complete the information form.
Also, scan the QR code to download the Farm and Gin Show mobile app, which gives you access to a wealth of information about the show, plus updates each day during the show.
Returning in 2016 will be another meal packaging event to benefit the Mid-South Food Bank. FFA Students from Tennessee and surrounding states participate in the event, which is designed to package nutritious meals for those in need. Last year, the students packaged more than 35,000 meals.
Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit the website at www.farmandginshow.com, or call 901.947.3104.