The exhibitors shouldn't have to sponsor public education, no way! The people that aren't farmers showing up aren't there to learn, just to fill their pockets. I doubt they were reading the farm facts boards and even if they did I saw one that said canola weighed 60#/bushel...As a farmer it is definitely one of the harder shows to navigate because of the crowds and frustrating. I know many of the exhibitors (especially the service based businesses) would like to see an admission charge so that it's potential customers only. The organizers are looking at it completely differently and do not want to charge because they want to draw in the general public for ag education. They see ag days as one of the ways to educate the consumer and that was even more evident this year with all the "Farm Facts" signs everywhere.
I understand both sides of the argument and don't know what the ideal answer is because that consumer connection is important. After all a lot of the restrictions that are coming to ag are because the consumer has become so disconnected and doesn't understand or believe farmers care about food safety or residue limits. Maybe keeping exhibitor cost the same and charging an admission would thin the crowd out to satisfy the one side and use the extra money then to sponsor a public education day? Is that a fourth day added on that is free? But then the exhibitors aren't happy because extra days are tiring especially for those who have to attend all the shows in January.
Maybe they have tightened up security last time I was there 2? years ago I just walked right pass security. Even if they had stopped me I was still inside the building where it was warm.Go early to Ag-Days if you aren't an exhibitor and you will get sent back outside, happened to me!:frown:
And people to drive that equipment !One other angle to look at with non farm kids at the show is that hopefully it inspires a few to consider working in the ag field, specifically in the equipment sector.
It is getting very concerning how hard it is to find quality equipment mechanics, sales people, parts people, etc.