The Nebraska Power Farming Show was created in 2007 to showcase ag-related products to producers in Nebraska and throughout the Midwest.
The vision was to create a large ag event unlike typical local farm shows. To create such event an adequate venue was needed along with selecting the proper timing. After discussions with the Lancaster Event Center (LEC) management, it was apparent that this was the venue to conduct the show. The rural setting of the LEC was appealing along with their plans for growth.
The rural setting has proven to be a major plus in enticing producers and exhibitors to attend the show.
Immediately the facility could accommodate a 139,000 sq. ft. show which is larger than most shows. In 2008, the LEC added another 90,000 sq. ft. arena. Future plans include another arena and pavilion to give the complex over 600,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space. The Nebraska Power Farming Show has grown from utilizing 139,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space to 305,000 sq. ft. in 2011. The show can grow to 400,000 sq. ft. with LEC existing facilities.
The timing of the show was also crucial. Buying intentions of producers continues to move forward making late winter shows less attractive. December was the right time for producers to make purchases for the upcoming year and to make last minute purchases for tax purposes in the current year.
The ag economy is strong but there will be a time when only a few ag events will soar above the rest. The Nebraska Power Farming Show will one day in the near future be the epicenter of agriculture in America’s Heartland.