The largest farm equipment and service provider trade show in Pennsylvania is back and bigger than ever. The Keystone Farm Show returns for its 20th year Jan. 10-12, 2017 at the York Fairgrounds in York, PA.
New this year is another expansion of the show to a new building. Last year saw the addition of the Expansion Building (Building #9) that featured the show’s first farm toy exhibit. This area allowed both collectors and traders to shop, swap and showcase their extensive farm toy collections.
This year Building 10 will be used, a heated tent that measures 60 feet wide and 120 feet long. In terms of physical space, the 20th year of the show will officially be the largest year ever.
“When the Keystone Farm Show began in 1988, we used most of what is now Building 3,” said Bruce Button, General Manager of Lee Newspapers Inc.
“This really is our biggest show ever,” added Show Manager Ken Maring.
Physical size of the show isn’t the only thing that has expanded this year. More than 400 exhibitors will be filling the 10 buildings situated throughout the York Fairgrounds.
“Every year since [the show began] the number of exhibitors has grown so that we now have over 400 exhibitors,” said Button.
Another new feature of the show is the addition of Show Ambassadors. These ambassadors, made up of members of SUNY Cobleskill’s National Agri-Marketing Chapter (NAMA), will be stationed throughout the 10 buildings on the fairgrounds to provide assistance and answer any questions attendees may have.
“Show Ambassadors provide an extra layer of customer service,” said Button.
The ambassador program is also a fundraiser for the Agri-Marketing Chapter. Funds raised from the show will go towards sending the students to the NAMA competition in Dallas, TX in 2017.
Despite the size of the Keystone Farm show, Button hasn’t forgotten those who have helped the most in the last 20 years.
“My favorite memories involve the amazing help we had from our exhibitors. We spent 18 months making calls to get the first show off the ground,” Button explained. “Our goal to have a “Farm Show for Farmers” was tough to get going, but after the first year the exhibitors were so excited that they helped sell the show the following year.”
With the success of previous shows and the great partnerships with exhibitors, Keystone Farm Show looks to easily surpass expectations to make their 20th year the best show yet.
For more information about the show, keep an eye out for the show program insert in your Country Folks or visit keystonefarmshow.com .
Keystone Farm Show is produced by Lee Trade Shows, a division of Lee Newspapers Inc.