The longest-running live equipment demonstration in the south is set to kick off on Friday, September 22 at Mississippi State’s John W. Starr Memorial Forest.
With 35 years of biennial operation, the Mid-South Forestry Equipment Show offers networking opportunities for loggers, landowners, foresters, and equipment manufacturers.
The two-day demonstration consists of live and static forestry equipment displays, loader and skidder competitions, continuing education presentations for foresters and loggers, food vendors, and two $1,000 cash giveaways.
“There is something for everyone. We draw exhibitors from across the country and Canada. We have attendees from across the Southeast,” John Auel, Mississippi Forestry Association certification programs coordinator and show manager, stated. “The live demonstration, where equipment companies actually cut trees, is an important part of our show.”
Auel explained that the show has three live demonstrations scheduled this year from TigerCat, John Deere, and Komatsu.
“Many equipment shows across the country do not have the live portion and are just static displays. Live demonstrations really help showcase the capabilities of the equipment, and this sets us apart from other venues,” Auel said.
The family-friendly show averages around 6,000 attendees each year, with the participants ranging from foresters, loggers, equipment manufacturers, and their families.
Lauren Hawkins, the show’s communications coordinator, added that the event encourages youth attendance and participation.
“We have always invited teachers to bring their high school students for free on Friday. This year, we have ramped up our efforts and anticipate several hundred students attending,” Hawkins explained. “This is a fantastic chance for students to learn about the many careers available in the forestry and logging industries.”
Registration is currently open with a $30 pre-registration admission and $40 on-site admission. Both include the attendee’s family, spouses, and children under 18.