Indiana State Fairgrounds – West Pavilion, Indianapolis, IN
Tuesday and Wednesday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
After a slow opening day when we had much more snow than was forecasted, the show picked up nicely with solid attendance on both the second and third day. Fortunately, we are a three-day show, and we were able to recover, as the third day seemed to pick up many of those who could not attend on the opening day. Overall attendance was down about 8 percent from the previous year, according to the building’s parking figures.
We again had very good exhibits, completely filling the entire 170,000 square feet of exhibit space of the West Pavilion with a small waiting list, and we thank you for the fine job each and every exhibitor did. As is our practice, we turned away many companies who wanted to exhibit, but who were not farm related.
We again increased our show advertising, adding two major television stations to our mix, WTWO in Terre Haute and WTHR in Indianapolis. I would also like to thank Gary Truitt of Hoosier Ag today who hosted our seminar series. The Wednesday seminar presented by Dr. Chris Hurt of Purdue filled all of the available 150 seats. Unfortunately, the Tuesday seminar, which was an excellent program, failed to draw many as the weather was strongly against us.
Next year’s show will again be held on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 12-14, at the West Pavilion, with four full days for move-in. Space rates will remain roughly the same as in 2016.