The 2012 Central New York Farm Progress show opened its doors on Wednesday to thousands of visitors interested in farm equipment, spending time with family and neighbors and enjoying Brooks Barbecue.
“We come every year to see what’s new, to see what’s in the booths,” said Pennie Jones, of Banner Dairy Farm in Remsen. “I come with the grandkids who like to see the machinery and tractors.”
Jones said, as a farmer, she likes to see what new equipment is available on the market.
“You never know,” she said, when asked if she was going to buy anything. “There might be something interesting. You’re always looking for something.”
Paul Thomsen, of South New Berlin, was at the show with his wife Barbara, enjoying lunch.
“I like to see all the new machinery,” he said. “And Brooks Barbecue.”
Thomsen said he had been interested in planting wheat seed, so was looking into that at the show.
“Everything is laid out very nicely,” he said, noting he goes every year.
The 2012 Central New York Farm Progress took place at Len-Lo Farm on Robinson Road and will continue Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“The farm show provides an essential service to the agricultural community, and the farm show committee, a volunteer endeavor comprised of many hardworking individuals, is proud to provide this service to our friends and neighbors,” said Dick Presky, president of the CNY Farm Progress Show, on the group’s website. “Of course much of this success is due to the ongoing support of our long-time exhibitors and friends, plus the infusion of new products and services from our more recent vendors.”
The show features approximately 120 exhibitors, offering products and services relevant to all aspects of the agricultural community. Attendance usually ranges between 8,000 to 10,000 people. The main show takes place over approximately 10 acres, with over 40 acres in use.
“This is true America, right here,” said town of German Flatts Supervisor Frank Spatto, who was among the visitors standing between aisles of large farming equipment on Wednesday. “The great thing about this is that it’s here, with the local people and it doesn’t cost anything. You can see the new things on the market and, with the price of gas, people can’t afford to go shows in Syracuse. They can see it here.”
Jill Gilbert, whose family owns the Len-Lo Farm, said the event is “a family affair.”
“People get to visit and see the new technology and machinery,” said Gilbert on why people keep coming back to the show.
The CNY Farm Progress Show is a nonprofit organization. Any excess funds generated by the show are used to fund youth scholarships and educational programs that will foster learning and involvement in the agricultural community.