Winter Shows: There’s an app for that


Next week opens a winter show that’s sure to be a highlight for many of you: The National Farm Machinery Show, being held February 11-14 in Louisville, Kentucky. For me, this show brings back plenty of memories.

Sure, I have had the pleasure of covering the show as a journalist, which allowed me some excellent access in learning about the latest and greatest in farm machinery. Many years back, I worked at the show as a 4-H member. Kentucky state leaders of 4-H and FFA were selected to visit EVERY SINGLE BOOTH and provide exhibitors with a small plaque signifying their attendance. Thank goodness we got to split that work up because it really impressed on me the size of the show, even back in the 1980s.

Today, the show is massive. Being able to walk around and look at new equipment is certainly a pleasure when it’s done indoors, especially in February, but it’s still a huge show. If you are going there with the idea of seeing certain equipment or visiting a set number of exhibitors, you definitely need a plan in place.

I’ve written before how I use show-sponsored apps for my smartphone at most shows nowadays. They are fast, easy to use, and provide a wealth of information at my fingertips. No more hauling around a map and searching the index. A few clicks and I know exactly where to go. Being a user of these apps for a while now, I’m quite impressed in how much better they have become. They no longer just give you a booth number and a map; they can schedule your day, help you with tickets and even provide other travel information.

For the NFMS, check this link out on managing your time at the show. It also provides information on the 2015 NFMS app for your smartphone.

Happy hunting.

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