Farm show season is upon us and growers all around the country are making their way to their favorite show. Whether you plan to make a day of it, or a week, here are some useful tips that may help you survive the show.
1. Be sure to dress accordingly.
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but planning what you will wear might make a big difference. For starters, check the weather forecast; if it’s an outdoor show, then you may need to plan for a cool morning and a warm afternoon. Next, footwear; boots or heels may seem like the trendy thing to wear, but how will they feel after hours of walking? Lastly, don’t forget your head; a hat and sunglasses could keep you from getting a little too much sun.
2. Prep a list of things you want.
After you dress for success, take some time to decide what you want to get out of the show. Do you have needs going into the event, or are you just wanting to see what’s new in the world of agriculture? If you have a list of things you must see or must do, find a map and prioritize your stops.
3. A show map? There’s probably an app for that.
(Speaking of finding a map…) A majority of farm shows now have smartphone apps to help you navigate your tour of the show. Through farm show apps, you can find exhibitors, search by product category, view maps and floor plans, along with get news and real-time updates about the show (as well as easily find the nearest restroom…).
4. Don’t forget your business cards.
At the show, you will meet a lot of new people, some of which you may want to continue communication with beyond the show. This is where business cards come in. Not only are they a great way to give and receive contact information, but they also serve as helpful little reminders after the show is over. You can even take it one step further and write notes to yourself on specific business cards you get to remind yourself why you kept that card.
5. Don’t forget to eat - try the local fare.
Farm shows are great places to learn about new products, meet industry professionals, and get some great food. Many farm shows will bring in local vendors to provide show-goers tasty dinner and snack options. Bring cash and support the local eats. You should also be mindful of your schedule. If you have an entire afternoon of walking ahead of you, eat lighter to ensure you don’t weigh yourself down for the remainder of the day.
6. Drink plenty of water.
You will be doing a lot of walking and talking at whatever show you attend, regardless of the show being indoor or outdoor. Make sure you stay hydrated throughout the show.
7. Look for giveaways and freebies.
Vendors of all sizes and industries are vying for your attention at farm shows, many of which will offer giveaways and freebies to get you into their booths. Take advantage of this! Check the farm show app, check your favorite vendor’s social media accounts to see if they are promoting any giveaways, or just ask around the show where the best freebies are. With any luck, you can walk away from the show a winner; or, at the very least, get yourself a new paper fan to help keep the heat at bay.
Speaking of giveaways and freebies, be sure to look out for the Valley Irrigation booth at these and other farm shows:
- Husker Harvest Days
- Sunbelt Ag Expo
- Amarillo Farm & Ranch Show
- Irrigation Show
- World Ag Expo
- National Farm Machinery Show
So, get out of field and get to your favorite farm show. If you can’t make a show, be sure to reach out to your local Valley dealer to see what’s new this year from Valley!