Vicarious Visit

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Yesterday, I received an email with an attached picture from Victor Pichot, one of our French “sons”.  He had attended the world’s largest farm trade show last week.  It is called ‘Agritechnica’, and it runs every other November in Hannover, Germany.  This show is attended by agriculture professionals and farmers from across the globe.  If you have attended the National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS) in Louisville, Kentucky, just imagine the same type of show but multiple times larger.  It would take the full 5 days (or more) to view every exhibit.   You would be surprised at the large number of ag machinery manufacturers…just how many different  makes and models of tractors alone.  Agritechnica is on my personal ‘bucket list’.  Until that time, I just get to imagine what this big show is like, and enjoy the pictures sent to me by friends.

There is a similar biennial show in Paris called SIMA.  Philip and I attended SIMA in 2007, and we were simply amazed at the size and scale and diversity of that exhibition.  SIMA is also very impressive with its sophisticated and luxurious exhibits.  The ‘sets’ are lavish, definitely not utilitarian.  We toured 5 of the 7 different ‘halls’ of exhibits over 2 days, but did not get to see everything.  It’s just massive.  But I understand that Agritechnica is even bigger.

Here is Victor at Agritechnica.  This FARMER tractor is made in Poland.

Here is Victor at Agritechnica. This FARMER tractor is made in Poland.

Victor is a young French farmer, and he also imports some tillage equipment to offer for sale through his implement business, “Euromachinisme“.  He visited us last February and went to NFMS with me.  He even purchased a RedBall monitor and a grain cleaner at the show.

Tomorrow we celebrate the unique American holiday of Thanksgiving.  It is truly special that we take time to offer our gratitude to God for His blessings.  We have much for which to be thankful.  Thanksgiving is more than turkey or football… it’s an attitude about life.

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