I sit in a cold press building with the sounds of the occasional truck or ATV passing by. The sound of crickets is almost louder. It's the opening day of Husker Harvest Days near Grand Island, Neb. and I'm enjoying a quiet moment.
That's right a quiet moment at a farm show. One of the perks of being on the Farm Progress Team is the chance to get to the show early and do some work before visitors arrive. For me it's the ability to watch the sun rise every show morning, and listen as the big event wakes to a new day.
The anticipation of these events is part of the fun. I've learned - beyond farm shows - that getting someplace early goes a long way in avoiding the big crowds. For farm shows it's just the added fun of being on site when everyone reports for duty.
Husker Harvest Days, now in its 31st year, is a super show. There are more than 500 exhibitors on hand on the exhibit field. And there's a varied set of field demos to see during the day - including mowing and baling. This totally irrigated farm show offers plenty for visitors to see.
The mood remains good. Interestingly, here in Nebraska car sales are up 9% so far this year. At a time when sales are down overall, the healthy farm economy in the state is giving auto dealers a boost. I guess 2008 is a great time to buy a new pickup, or replace the family errand vehicle. Either way, it's a chance for this state to notice that agriculture can still have an economic impact.
Hope you've made it to one of our shows - either Farm Progress Show or you're joining us this week for Husker Harvest Days. If you see my ugly mug, stop me and say 'hi' I'm always up for a chat.
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