Strong turnout at National Farm Machinery Show

The National Farm Machinery Show drew a near-record crowd in 2009.
The National Farm Machinery Show drew a near-record crowd in 2009.
This year's National Farm Machinery Show, considered the largest indoor agricultural show in the country, came close to breaking attendance records at the Kentucky Exposition Center, even as a windstorm knocked out power in the region.

Held from February 11-14 at the expo center in Louisville, 306,706 people attended the expo and the Championship Tractor Pull, the second highest attendance total in the show's 44-year history. Last year's show drew slightly more than 301,000 people to the event, which had its biggest attendance in 2006.

"It was quite satisfying to see the show’s exhibitors and attendees filling more than 1.2 million square feet of agricultural displays," said Harold Workman, president and CEO of the Kentucky state fair board, which produces the show. "Even with the additional space of the North Wing, which opened in 2007, we sold out of exhibit space more than two months ago."

The fair board reported that more than 800 exhibitors filled more than 27 acres of floor space at the annual show. The board said the exposition generates nearly $21.5 million annual economic impact across Kentucky.

The 45th National Farm Machinery Show and the 42nd Championship Tractor Pull will be held February 10-13 next year.