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The FTMTA Farm Machinery Show is a biannual event held at the Punchestown event centre just outside the town of Naas. It is a three day event held in early February attracting crowds in excess of 20,000 people over the three days. One of the attraction for exhibitors is the calibre of visitor that attends the show, people with a genuine interest and need for farm machinery.

The FTMTA Farm Machinery Show has now grown to become the flagship event of the Irish farm machinery industry over the past 30 years: The most recent show in 2019 was the largest ever such event with some 170 individual exhibitors across over 200 distinct exhibits including indoor stands and outdoor display areas. The Show covered approx 16,000 square metres (4 acres) of indoor exhibition space across four pavilions as well as a large area of outdoor display space. Over 8,000 square metres of heated indoor exhibition space was provided in the two marquee pavilions alone which would be amongst the largest marquee structures erected in Ireland in 2019.  The FTMTA views the provision of a dedicated, professional, machinery exhibition to showcase the products and services of the farm machinery industry as a very valuable service to the members of the Association and the wider sector and is happy that the Show has grown to fill this role since it was first established.   

The FTMTA Farm Machinery Show is underpinned by the ethos that it is organised by the trade for the farmer and the contractor and the Association believes that this is what has driven the success and growth of the Show over the years. In keeping with this philosophy, exhibitors must be genuinely agricultural focussed businesses and there is no duplication of exhibits or sub letting of stands permitted. Most of the leading national and international manufacturers active in the Irish market have a presence at the Show with manufacturer personnel and product experts on hand to speak with visitors. The Association is grateful to the many repeat and new exhibitors who support each Show and acknowledge that it is this ongoing support that makes the Show attractive to visitors. The Show provides an opportunity for prospective buyers to view a comprehensive selection of competing machines of many various types in comfort and access a depth of information not available at other events.

The History of the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show

On February 6th, 7th and 8th, 1989, the first Farm Machinery Show (as it was known until 2011) was held in the Simmonscourt Pavilion of the RDS in Dublin. The introduction of the Show by the Association was a reaction to growing dissatisfaction by the trade with the available existing exhibition facilities. The initiative was spearheaded by the then Shows Committee of FTMTA which included Geoff Daly, Shay Lynch and Pat Keogh and was chaired by John Perry.

The introduction of the Show was a major development by the Association and was a move not undertaken lightly but the step was vindicated by the success of the event which attracted an attendance of some 9,000 visitors and at which over 90% of available exhibition space was filled. The next Show in 1991 built on the solid foundations that had been laid and the organisers were able to fill all the available space with the number of visitors increasing by 2,000. By 1993 the attendance rose to approximately 13,500 people and the event was firmly established in the machinery sector's calendar.

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On February 6th, 7th and 8th, 1989, the first Farm Machinery Show (as it was known until 2011) was held in the Simmonscourt Pavilion of the RDS in Dublin. The introduction of the Show by the Association was a reaction to growing dissatisfaction by the trade with the available existing exhibition facilities. The initiative was spearheaded by the then Shows Committee of FTMTA which included Geoff Daly, Shay Lynch and Pat Keogh and was chaired by John Perry.

The introduction of the Show was a major development by the Association and was a move not undertaken lightly but the step was vindicated by the success of the event which attracted an attendance of some 9,000 visitors and at which over 90% of available exhibition space was filled. The next Show in 1991 built on the solid foundations that had been laid and the organisers were able to fill all the available space with the number of visitors increasing by 2,000. By 1993 the attendance rose to approximately 13,500 people and the event was firmly established in the machinery sector's calendar.

The growth of the Show over following years presented increasing challenges at the attractive but effectively city centre location of the RDS with growing traffic congestion in Dublin making access more difficult for visitors and exhibitors alike. Rising demand for exhibition space from new exhibitors combined with the increasing size of machinery also presented logistical difficulties at the Dublin site. It was clear by the early 2000's that the future sustainability and development of the machinery trade's own event depended of the Association securing the use of alternative facility.

In 2003 the Show relocated to the then newly built Punchestown Event Centre at  Punchestown Racecourse near Naas. Coincidently, FTMTA moved to a purpose built headquarters near Naas in 2007. The Punchestown venue has proved a very suitable home for the FTMTA Farm Machinery Show over the intervening years with the advantages of a large purpose built event centre, plenty of permanent parking space, an extensive tarmac area to facilitate the installation of marquees and to accommodate outdoor machinery  displays and the infrastructural support of the racecourse facilities such as restaurants and toilets. The addition of a second permanent exhibition building at Punchestown in 2011 with the construction of the Trackside Pavilion further enhanced the facilities available to the Show as did the erection of the new Hunt Stand in 2018.