Big tools and toys dominate Power Show
By KATE LIEBERS
The Delaware Gazette
About 15,000 agricultural supply enthusiasts made the trip to Columbus to attend this year’s Power Show Ohio – the state’s largest indoor exhibition of outdoor equipment.
Power Show manager Dennis Alford boasted of the show’s breadth of farming, construction and gardening equipment.
“There’s a lot of specialty type of equipment that you might not get to see just going to an equipment dealer,” he said.
Sponsored by the Ohio-Michigan Equipment Dealers Association, the exhibit featured power tools, supplies and computer software from more than 600 brand name companies. Attendees were able to browse products such as all terrain vehicles, baling equipment, chippers and shredders, excavators, fertilizer, generators, hydraulic equipment, irrigation equipment, livestock equipment, mowers, pressure washers, rakes, seeds and seeders, tanks, tractors, tillers, tools and more.
New this year was a “Now and Then” display, featuring antique tractors and their modern day counterparts.
The products were displayed throughout three buildings in the Expo Center – a total of about 300,000 square feet – to accommodate the growth the exhibit has experienced in its 43 years.
As part of that growth, the exhibit – which originally showcased only agricultural equipment – has included more lawn and outdoor equipment, Alford said.
He said whether attendees are hobby farmers or professional construction employees, the show catered to a variety of audiences.
Additionally, visitors had a chance to listen to seminars and to speak with manufacture representatives.
“You get an opportunity to maybe learn some things about the equipment that you may not be able to otherwise,” Alford said.
Throughout the three-day event, educational seminars covered topics such as farmland preservation, crop nutrient management and its effects on water, barn rehabilitation, farm safety, small engine maintenance.
The show’s younger audience had an opportunity to flex their own agricultural muscles at the National Kiddie Tractor Pull. The contestants, ages three to eight years old, competed by pulling a weighted sled behind a miniature pedal tractor.
The show was held Jan. 25 to 27 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus.
More information about the show is available at www.PowerShowOhio.com.