Visitors flock to Kansas City for annual showcase
It took a while, but the 60th annual Western Farm Show is finally in the books.
The show, which is owned by the Western Equipment Dealers Association, was cancelled last year because of the pandemic. But the show made a strong comeback during its three-day run in February. The show is held at the American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri.
“The show went great,” according to Jami Applegate, farm show manager and manager of association and industry events. “Attendance and show sales were up over 2020 and the feedback from exhibitors is telling us the quality of the attendees was noticed.”
A return to feeling normal
After a year’s layoff, it was obvious that people wanted to get back in the swing of things.
“We sold out of exhibitor space, which is incredible considering the challenges brought to businesses with inflation, lack of employees, COVID, weather, etc. We beat the odds and made it happen anyway,” noted Applegate. “The exhibitors were extremely optimistic about the show, ready to have it again after a year off and getting back to a feeling of normalcy again. Everyone was glad to be networking face to face and doing business.”
Barring any obstacles that may crop up, the Western Farm Show will return next year for its 61st edition. Next year’s farm show dates are February 24-26, 2023, at the American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri.
To see photos and video of the 2022 Western Farm Show, visit the Western Farm Show Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WesternFarmShow.