Canadian International Farm Show 2012
The Canadian International Farm Show a Success
Management of the Canadian International Farm Show is pleased to report that the event held on February 7-9, 2012 at the International Centre in Mississauga was a success.
Continuing with our growth pattern, attendance was up 4%. This is in part due to our new marketing initiatives. Pre-registration was up 26% this year, which is a sure indication that exhibitors are taking advantage of the pass program and AG associations were receptive to these efforts as well. Farmers came out to the show and they were in the mood to do business; a sure sign that things are looking up in the AG Industry. Many exhibitors reported brisk sales and many solid leads to follow up on in the coming months.
Interviews that were conducted with visitors during the show indicated that the Canadian International Farm Show is the event that they visit to buy or research their upcoming product and equipment purchases.
The expanded educational program sponsored by Better Farming Magazine was very well attended with many producers excited to learn more about renewable energy and succession planning, just to name a few…these sessions were always packed and we look forward to continuing to offer timely and relevant sessions in 2013.
The door to door motor coach program was a hit with visitors and exhibitors alike. 650 people arrived on buses during the three day stretch including two new buses that were added to the program this year. On top of this, show management welcomed a motor coach with a contingent of farmers on tour from Finland. Any exhibitors wondering how to get involved in this program for 2013 can contact show management.
The opening night exhibitor reception was well attended and was the venue for the presentation of the Producer of the Year Awards. Congratulations to John & Laura Hughes from Springridge Farm in Milton, Amanda & Ryan Thiessen from Creek Shore Farms in Vineland and John Skotidakis and Family from the Skotidakis Goat Farm in St-Eugene. Show Management continues to be amazed by the innovation in agriculture coming out of the province of Ontario and we look for to our nominees for 2013.
The 2012 replica toy tractor, the International W400 D was extremely popular and was nearly a sell out and the display of classic tractors in Hall 3 was a hit with visitors young and old.
We would like to thank all of our exhibitors for making the 2012 edition a success and look forward to February 5-7, 2013 and the 27th edition of the Canadian International Farm Show.