Just a couple of ideas if you would like to start your own garden tractor show. I got one going here in west central Wisconsin 9 years ago. There were not any garden tractor shows near hear. Most of the large shows will let garden tractors display but those shows are a ways away from here. I went to the group who sponsers our town's summer celebration and presented my idea. They were happy to have another event as part of the weekends events and especially glad that I would take care of the organizing so it wasn't any more work on their part. I talked with their insurance carrier as to what we could do and not do and the garden tractor show was added to the weekend insurance policy. In my case the show is covered as long as we don't have any "moving tractor" events. The tractors are covered to and from the display area but then have to be a static display. Any tractor games and you end up with higher risk insurance such as if you had a tractor pull. Being a farming community we have added farm tractors and other old equipment to the show over the years. Most all of the farm equipment that is brought in is from local people and they all seem to have a great time. I don't see our show as becoming a huge show but as a local event it has grown every year and new people are showing interest in it.
It takes some doing to get a show started but you might be surprised at how well it goes and the interest that will be shown. If you can make it a part of an already going event lots of the things you would need to get in place if you were doing a single event such as food vendors, shelters, advertising, insurance, and port-a-potties will be in place and that is a lot less to have to worry about. Plus there will already be people in attendance so you have built in spectators for you first show. This will let you work on talking to tractor nuts and getting exhibits for the show, not spending all your time on those other necessary things.
Edited by tractormike, November 10, 2010 - 09:08 AM.