The 2003 National Farm Machinery Show is, quite simply, the showcase for the future of agribusiness. Nearly 800 exhibits under a single roof offer intelligent solutions to the challenges facing agriculture.

Whether you are in search of heavy machinery, hand tools or computer software, you'll find a wide selection of essential products and accessories for all agribusiness needs at the NFMS.

This year's National Farm Machinery Show & Championship Tractor Pull is scheduled for Feb. 12-15 at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center in Louisville.

The NFMS will run Wednesday Feb. 12 through Saturday Feb. 15, 2003 with show times being 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Admission is free and parking is only $4.00 per vehicle. RV parking is available for $35 per night with electric hookups and use of the dump station (water available weather permitting).

With the nearly 800 exhibitors and thousands of items featured at this premier agricultural exposition, virtually every major line of equipment, seeds, chemicals, services, electronics and livestock supplies are simultaneously accessible for product comparisons.

Farmers, dairy operators, livestock producers and agribusiness professionals of every sort will have hands-on access to the newest and most innovative products on the market today.

With more and more of today's farmers making strategic business decisions to assist them in meeting modern agricultural demands, the NFMS becomes a necessary resource in their plans to flourish during future industry changes.

Accordingly, nearly 300,000 visitors from North America and abroad travel to the NFMS each year, seeking the proper tools and services to effectively conquer those challenges.

And aside from browsing through the literally thousands of products on display at the show, the public is invited to attend the free seminars sponsored by Farm Journal, the official communication partner of the NFMS.

When the exhibit floor and seminars close, however, the show is really just beginning. Each night the 35th Annual Championship Tractor Pull, the oldest large-scale indoor pull in America, revs up a high energy competition in freedom Hall.

This invitation-only event stars the nation's best drivers and their ground-pounding machines representing Pro Stock, Super Stock, Super Farm, Modified and Alcohol Tractors, plus Two- and Four-Wheel Drive Trucks.

Drivers are not only gearing up for the unequaled thrill of winning at this nationally recognized pull, but also for the chance to bring home a share of the $200,000 in prize money awarded in part by the pull's sponsor, Syngenta.

Tickets are subject to availability and can be purchased at the KFEC Ticket Office at 502-367-5144, or through any TicketMaster outlet.

The Family Living Center, a calmer addition to the NFMS, featuring unique and quaint gift ideas for friends and family, offers an assortment of items for the farm and home. Shoppers can find unusual gadgets, home accessories, arts and crafts, handmade clothing, jewelry and souvenirs.

The Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, home of the NFMS, is located at the junction of I-65 and I-264, five miles south of downtown Louisville, Ky.

For additional show information call the NFMS Hotline at 1.502-367-5004, or browse through the official Website at www.farmmachineryshow.org.

For visitor and hotel information write to: Greater Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau Visitors Center, 400 South First Street, Louisville, KY 40202 or telephone 1-502-584-2121 or 1-800-626-5646.