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Farm Show Council Meets to Discuss Changes and Challenges for Ag Shows

Posted: May 26, 2015

Originally founded in 1972, Farm Show Council (FSC) was built around the idea that farm shows could be improved for both exhibitors and attendees through communication, education and yearly evaluation.

This year’s Farm Show Council meeting took place recently in Columbus, Ohio, hosted by Power Show Ohio and Farm Science Review. Including the host shows, Farm Show Council boasts 24 active show members. For the 2015 meeting, highlights included an exhibitor panel, tours of local operations and the site of the Farm Science Review, and overall reviews of shows from FSC members.

At the meeting, the new 2015-16 Executive Board was installed, including Chip Blalock of Sunbelt Ag Expo as president, David Zimmerman of Southern Farm Shows as vice-president, and Matt Jungmann of the Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days as second vice-president. Dennis Alford of Power Show Ohio served as the president for the 2014-15 board, and Chuck Gamble of Farm Science Review will continue as secretary-treasurer/coordinator.

In-coming president Chip Blalock said, “This Council remains as important as ever. We come together to have close discussions, wrestle with agricultural issues, and above all maintain our ag shows relevancy and continue to set the bar high for both exhibitor and attendee expectations.” Farm Show Council facilitates candid discussions, counter-evaluations, and periodic peer-audits.

The next Farm Show Council meeting will be hosted by World Ag Expo in Tulare, California, from April 25-27, 2016.