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In its 50th year, the Farm Machinery Show draws large crowds and big money

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The National Farm Machinery Show is celebrating its 50th year. The event kicked off Wednesday with large crowds and hundreds of exhibitions.

The showcase is the largest indoor farm and machinery show in the country, filling 1.2 million square feet of space at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Kentucky State Fair Board President and CEO Clifford "Rip" Rippetoe says the show has an estimated economic impact of $22 million.

"A lot of these people come here and stay, so they're here for four or five days," he said. "And the exhibitors are entertaining in town, taking advantage of the great food and sights."

Rippetoe said the Farm Machinery Show is the largest event hosted at the Expo Center, aside from the state fair.

"The state fair is bigger but that's a completely different animal compared to what we do the rest of the year, so this is the largest."

The Championship Tractor Pull is a huge part of the show, with the first event taking place Wednesday night.

"Saturday night is the finals, and we'll end up having about 27 states represented," said pull chairman Mike Whitt. "There will be a little over 180 competitors for a little over $200,000 in prize money."

Admission to the Farm Machinery Show is free. Parking is $8.

Tickets to the tractor pulls range from $40 to $45 dollars and can be purchased online or at the ticket office.

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