The Family Living Center, located in the East Hall of the Kentucky Exposition Center, is part shopping extravaganza, part National Farm Machinery Show reunion, and all fun, according to visitors and vendors.

Visitors can look through a variety of interesting items showcased in more than 80 booths. Family Living Center vendors offer everything from home accessories, to collectibles, clothing and jewelry.

John Harvey, Wilmington, DE, has manned his Classic Tractor Fever booth at the National Farm Machinery Show for 16 years. He has built a successful business offering calendars, books and collectible items for tractor enthusiasts. Harvey has the 22nd edition of the popular “Classic Farm Tractors” calendar in his booth at this year’s show, along with a number of books he has written about tractors. Though Harvey is a regular on the Classic Tractor Fever television show on RFD-TV, and also has a sizeable Internet following, he credits the National Farm Machinery Show as being a valuable place to build relationships with customers.

“I wouldn’t be coming here if it wasn’t an excellent show,” he says. “The National Farm Machinery Show is a wonderful place to meet new people and see old friends. Even though it is a show that highlights new machinery, it is also a homecoming of sorts for people who have a passion for antique tractors.” 

The Family Living Center is set aside from the main National Farm Machinery Show exhibit area so that visitors can casually shop for special gifts and souvenirs. Kate’s Corner Kupboard booth offers children’s books, crafts and clothing items representing popular tractor lines such as John Deere and Case IH.

Attendees have an opportunity to taste and purchase new foods as part of the Family Living Center experience too. The Wisconsin Cheese and Sausage Company is just one of many vendors that carries a variety of tasty treats.

Exhibitors like Ely Blown Glass offer unique artistic creations. Visitors can even find telescoping flagpoles in the Uncommon USA booth. A variety of jewelry choices can be found in booths ranging from Jan’s Indian Jewelry to Unique Jewelry. 

And getting back to the “machinery” part of the National Farm Machinery Show, if you are set on taking home a smaller version of something you’ve seen on the show floor, visit Matsen Miniature Farms to find 1:64-scale models of implements, farm toys and sheds.

The Family Living Center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day of the show.

See a list of exhibitor booths online at www.farmmachineryshow.org.