The New York Farm Show has been a winter mainstay in the Northeast since 1985. With more than 400 exhibitors expected this year, the annual trade show for the ag industry provides the latest in farm equipment, tractors, combines and farm implements; seed and crop protection products; farm supplies and services; dairy and beef production; and woodlot and related industry supplies.

Located at the NY State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York, the event consists of six heated buildings, plus outdoor demo areas. Attractions will include dairy robotic milking systems and related technologies as well as beef production know-how, handling equipment and marketing.

Planning for such a show has been a work of art for show organizer Scott Grigor. Grigor has been coordinating the New York Farm Show for more than 30 years, and — with such experience — has broken down the show’s success in the simplest form.

“The biggest thing I look at is when people ask me if the 2016 show was a success, I always answer, ‘The 2016 show was successful because all the exhibitors are back for 2017.’ We must have done something right,” he mused.

Grigor’s main focus, he said, is keeping a good report with the exhibitors along with the attendees. He visits potential booth holders at different shows during the year and maintains a relationship to assure they’ll exhibit at his show come February.

“Some people I talk to say I’m more of a logistics manager than a show manager,” Grigor said. “I’m moving them from one show to another; making life easy for those coming to New York… in the middle of the winter season.”

Arranging the specifics for an ag show in good weather conditions is no walk in the park. Add some snow and ice to the mix and it makes things interesting for Grigor’s preparation. He recalled years when 24 inches of snow dropped on Syracuse, causing delays, and two years ago when the temperature reached 10 below.

“That knocked the wind out of me,” he said. “We had to do the pressure washing inside that year. It was tough and we were tired afterward.”

Grigor said what makes New York Farm Show stand out is the time of the year that it’s held.

“The nickname of the show is often referred to as the “Spring Planning Show,” he said. “Attendees don’t have the time to go (to a show in the summer). This a business-to-business show for ag. We always get the positive crowd of people that couldn’t make it in the summer.”

Show hours of the New York Farm Show are 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Feb. 23, 24 and 25. Admission is $5 at the door. Children under 18 are admitted for free. Tickets are availableat your local Northeast Equipment Dealers or by contacting the New York Farm show. Free parking and shuttle buses run all day to all six of the farm show buildings.