It might be one of the best kept secrets at the Texas Cotton Ginners’ Annual Meeting and Trade Show in Lubbock. Where else can you enjoy some fresh air while visiting the farming and ginning equipment on display outside the Lubbock Civic Center? Sometimes visitors spend so much time walking through the exhibits located inside that they forget about what is outside. This is the place to be if you want to get a closeup view of equipment and talk to a company representative.
Rain or Shine – Even if the weather is windy or inclement outside, you’ll find company reps standing underneath a tent ready to engage in conversation with visitors. That is what makes this part of the show so informative. Attendees can take their time walking around the adjacent lots, and they can take as long as they wish when talking to the equipment representatives.
“Sometimes I think people get so busy inside the Civic Center that they forget about what we have to offer outside,” says TCGA Executive Vice President Tony Williams. “A lot of times we see folks going outside to enjoy a sandwich while walking around to see a wide assortment of equipment. It’s very educational and gives everybody a chance to see additional things at the show.”
Even in the unlikely event that it is raining or windy outside, you’ll find the equipment salesmen or local farmers bravely dealing with the elements. That’s what makes the outside exhibits so appealing. You can count on the equipment folks being there – rain or shine. Considering how the High Plains area has dealt with drought conditions for so long, nobody would complain if it were raining. You might even see some dancing in the parking lot.
Family Fun – The outside exhibits also are an informal gathering point for visitors. For many young boys and girls, this is their first time to see farm equipment up close – especially if they live in a city and don’t get the opportunity to visit farms. For that reason, you’ll see many youngsters being taken behind the steering wheel of massive tractors, planters and harvesters. It might make the parents a bit nervous, but it presents plenty of photo opportunities for families. Many adults claim that some of their earliest memories of farming and ginning occurred when they made their first trip to a show similar to what is conducted in Lubbock at the TCGA Trade Show.
Those same children also learn at an early age that farm safety should always be stressed. That’s why children visiting the outside exhibits at the TCGA Show won’t be able to stray too far from their families.
Conducting Business – Even though some equipment companies have booths inside the Civic Center, the ones located outside give a visitor a more realistic view of the size of equipment. And there’s nothing like walking around a big rig and kicking the tires – even if that visitor is a youngster dreaming about the day when he can get behind the wheel and drive the harvester down the turnrow.
So, while you’re walking around inside the Civic Center, don’t forget to venture outside to see the big tractors and trucks. If it’s a sunny day, bring along your sunglasses and sandwich. It’s a perfect way to enjoy another part of the TCGA Trade Show.