With a decision on the Alcorn Farm Machinery-Home & Outdoor Show auction expected in the next couple of days, the Arena is shifting gears when it comes to the indoor portion of the event.
"We would love to have the auction, but based on our information there is not a lot of equipment available this year," said Crossroads Arena General Manager Tammy Genovese.
Genovese said a final decision on the auction is expected to be made by the middle of next week.
A lawn and garden type of event, held the past two years inside the Arena during the farm show, is being moved to the first weekend of April.
"The vendors thought this would be a better time for them," said the general manager. "If things change on the auction, we could do something in Jan. or Feb. then have the lawn and garden event in April … it's been one of those hurry up and wait things for us."
Billed as the the largest agricultural-based trade show in Northeast Mississippi, last year's event saw an excess of $5 million in equipment with the auction netting close to $3 million in only its second year.
DeWitt Auctions Co., of Sikeston, Mo., had been in charge of the popular used-machinery auction both years.
"Not having it isn't going to kill us," said Genovese. "We want to have it, but we want to be able to do it right … we can regroup and come back do a better show in the future."
April's lawn and garden show will include some educational elements, according to the general manager.
"I think more of the public will be open to the lawn and garden event," she said. "We are creating an element that is a little different with some how to stuff."