The La Crosse Farm Show is wrapped up, marking the full beginning of the agricultural meeting and show season.
It’s always interesting to study the dynamics of the folks who attend those shows — those who go with the specific intent to find a particular vendor and make a purchase for their farms; those who attend to simply browse and then find something they need; and those who love to simply visit and look at what’s new in the world of agriculture.
Farm Shows are the equivalent, in some ways, of the old line fences where farmers young and old leaned to pass ideas back-and-forth and to update each other about the latest technologies and equipment, along with finding time to talk about the weather.
Though the shows are so much about new equipment, there always is great interest in old equipment that antique equipment exhibit. Farmers of-age make note especially at tables lined with old tools, telling stories about how those tools were used and how the tools affected the farmers’ lives.
We look forward to the upcoming shows, where we’ll happily visit to hear farm news directly from the farmers, and to even hear a few fun stories.