Husker Harvest Days turns virtual, begins Tuesday
Field demos pre-recorded, content available through Spring of 2021
(KSNB) - Husker Harvest Days has been a Grand Island event since 1978 but this year the streak will be broken as a virtual show will take its place, beginning Tuesday.
The Farm Progress Virtual Experience (FPVX) is a free, combined show between Farm Progress and Husker Harvest Days that offers “attendees” everything that would be available at a traditional Husker Harvest Days other than the in-person experience.
“First of all, we miss that personal contact, we miss the ability to stand there and shake hands," Max Armstrong, the Director of Broadcasting for Farm Progress, said.
FPVX will run Tuesday, Sept. 15 through Thursday, Sept. 17 however all of the content rolled out will be available to participants through Spring of 2021. Content will continue getting released and added to this year’s event in hopes of building excitement for a possible in-person, traditional Husker Harvest Days in 2021.
The virtual event will have field demonstrations, which were pre-recorded, videos and content from every exhibitor, product roll outs, machine demonstrations, cattle handling demonstrations and more. Organizers for the two groups wanted to ensure nothing was lost by going virtual.
“This is the best tool that we’re going to have in agriculture in terms of agricultural trade show," Matt Jungmann, the National Events Director for Farm Progress, said. "It still doesn’t match what we can do in person.”
“It was a lot of folks in the company, a lot of folks involved in Husker Harvest Days, running 100 miles per hour to try to pull it all together," Armstrong said. “The beauty is we had good crops standing in the fields available for demonstrations and over the past four decades that’s been the hallmark of Husker Harvest Days.”
A 2013 University of Nebraska Bureau of Business Research report showed that Husker Harvest Days brings in over 100,000 people and has an economic impact of over $7.5 million. Without an in-person event the businesses in the area take a hit.
“I feel for the folks who run hotels and restaurants," Jungmann said. “We arent' bringing the economic impact to Hall County and Central Nebraska that we typically do and I’m praying for those folks.”
All information on FPVX can be found on the homepage of the website.
To attend the event, click here.
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