The National Farm Machinery Show is recognized as one of the largest indoor farm machinery expositions in the United States. The show is typically held annually in February at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Attendance exceeds 300,000 people, with 800 exhibitors in display space of 1,200,000 square feet (110,000 m²).
This massive show features thousands of widely recognized agricultural products and services showcased by more than 800 exhibitors in 1,200,000 square feet (110,000 m²) of interconnected exhibit space.
The National Farm Machinery Show boasts the nation's oldest tractor pull, Championship Tractor Pull. Officially introduced to the world in 1969 during the fourth National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS), the Championship Tractor Pull is now celebrating 40 years of making champions. The competition had been a vision of its originator, Billy Joe Miles, and was so popular in its first year that 15 drivers signed up to compete in the inaugural pull before it was officially established. Popularity can also be due to world-class tractors who participate, such as Silver Bullet, an AGCO White.
Today the pull remains a counterpart to the much larger NFMS, but the CTP has since transformed into a premiere event of its own. For 40 years, Freedom’s Hall’s basketball court has converted into a championship dirt track to showcase some of the nation’s best drivers in fierce pulling competition. Each year, a short list of pullers etch their names in history as they become part of an elite group of drivers earning a national championship title. CTP brings in more than 75,000 fans to watch five performances in four days.
The exposition produces an estimated economic impact of $21.5 million each year, the most of any event held at the Kentucky Exposition Center.
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