Indoor or Outdoor? Which Farm Shows are Best?


There’s something to be said about being able to see equipment in action at a farm show, but there’s also value in not having to worry about rain or snow…or sweating through your best farm show outfit.

More than 40 thousand farmers are expected in Woodstock, Ontario this week for Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, with 750 exhibitors, live equipment demonstrations and plots comparing the latest crop varieties and inputs. Further west, over 60 thousand farmers are anticipated at the outdoor Big Iron Farm Show in Fargo, North Dakota, billed as the largest farm show in the upper Midwest.

outdoor vs indoor farm showsWhile outdoor farm shows have plenty of space for equipment displays, demos and livestock, there are also some downsides to holding a big event outside. Generally, outdoor shows are held in summer when there’s work to be done on the field or in the shop. Of course, there’s also the risk of unfavourable weather (eg. the long-johns-ain’t-enough cold at Agri-Trade in Red Deer or the time-to-reapply-deodorant heat at the inaugural Ag in Motion show near Saskatoon this summer.)

Indoor farm shows are usually held during winter, when the workload on the farm is lighter, but they feature less equipment and provide less personal space for those who don’t enjoy tightly-packed crowds.

What do you prefer? Indoor or outdoor? Which farm shows are best?


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