Where else can you see the latest ag equipment, get details on a host of products, attend a knockout fashion show, hear forecasts for 2004 crops, and be within walking distance of great restaurants and entertainment?

Memphis and the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, that's where. And it's just a few weeks away — Feb. 27-28 at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis.

This year's exhibition is shaping up to be the largest in its 52-year history.

“It's going to be a real eye-opener,” says Tim Price, executive vice president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association, the organization that sponsors the show. “The completion of the expansion of the Memphis Cook Convention Center gave us an additional 35,000 square feet of space for last year's show, and the 2004 show will have over 200,000 square feet of exhibits.

“We've got a lot of new exhibitors and a lot of long-time exhibitors who've substantially increased the size of their displays. We hope everyone is making plans to come to Memphis and take part in our big show.”

More than 400 exhibitors have signed up to be a part of the show, the largest indoor agricultural exhibition in the South and the largest cotton equipment show in the nation.

It is co-sponsored by Delta Farm Press, which also publishes the official show program.

“This will be a great opportunity for Mid-South growers to have some one-on-one time with representatives of these companies, and to get up-to-date information on markets, the outlook for Delta crops, and new developments in the cotton industry,” Price says.

This year's event will include the popular Ag Update informational seminars. Among speakers will be Memphis Cotton Merchant William Dunavant and Riceland Foods Chief Executive Officer Richard Bell, who will share their insights into the market outlook for cotton and grains in 2004. Other speakers for the Friday and Saturday morning seminars will be announced later.

The Southern Cotton Ginners Association and its member organizations will also be holding their annual meetings during the week of the show. They include the Arkansas-Missouri Cotton Ginners Association, the Mississippi Cotton Ginners Association, the Tennessee Cotton Ginners Association, and the Louisiana Cotton Ginners Association.

Most association meetings and events, including an honors reception/banquet, will be held at the historic Peabody Hotel.

The annual meeting of the association will be Thursday, Feb. 26, at 1:30 p.m. at the Peabody.

Delta Farm Press will publish the official program for the show, which will be distributed to all subscribers in the Feb. 13 issue and to the Alabama circulation of the Feb. 11 Southeast Farm Press.

The program will also be available to all show attendees.