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February 2018

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Farmers from the Carolinas and Virginia will gather at the N.C. State Fairgrounds to examine what various exhibitors have to offer that could help farming at home. 26 Farmers from the Carolinas, Virginia, and beyond will converge on the annual South- ern Farm Show Feb. 1 through 3 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. More than 400 exhibiting companies make the Southern Farm Show the largest agricultural exposition in the Carolinas and Vir- ginia, said show manager David Zimmerman. Practically every aspect of agriculture found in the Carolinas and Virginia will be represented, as well as products and equipment for landscape and construction professionals, Zimmerman said. The hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission and parking are free. The show hosts key industry events and is known as the region's annual meeting place for farmers and agricultural leaders. "We started the show in 1978 here in Raleigh," Zimmerman said. "We held it in other places. In the 1960s and early 1970s we held in Georgia and Tennessee. It is the major agricultural exposi- tion for the Carolinas and Virginia. It really is interesting. "This show pretty much just attracts farmers. We do get landscape contractors. We also get construction contractors there because they all share a lot of the same equipment. But we don't get much of the general public." Farm equipment manufacturers from across the U.S. and other countries attend to show sell equipment. "For the general public not really much out there they would want to see anyway," Zimmer- man said. "It is strictly a trade show. Farmers come to the show mainly where they can drive to the show and then drive home." Since there is no admission, there is no head count. But Zimmerman estimates about 30,000 people attend over the show's three-day run. show for southern farmers The annual Southern Farm Show attracts farmers from the Carolinas, Vir- ginia and beyond and more than 400 exhibiting com- panies will be on hand this year showcasing the latest in farm equipment. It will be held Feb. 1-3 at the North Carolina State Fair- grounds in Raleigh. story continues on page 27 Story by Steve Herring

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