Baseball cap inventory appeared to increase at IPPE 2022

Readers of this blog may recall that two years ago I confessed that there was one thing I loved about the International Trade Fair for Production and Processing (IPPE) is that it allowed me to replenish my collection of baseball caps.

However, shortly after IPPE 2020, COVID-19 essentially put an end to in-person trade shows where I was gathering caps. I kind of maintained a supply, but looking at the collection in the photo that matched this blog post, I still only have one of these plugs, and it’s gotten pretty squishy now. But I was still able to get a few extra free caps in the meantime.

Finally, in-person events have resumed. Although it is a smaller event, but I went to Kansas State University (KSU) Hog Day in November 2021, and got material for a few items for FeedStrategy.com. And just for the record, I picked up some free caps while I was there. Probably a little more than I should have.

When I got home, I didn’t even remove the plugs from my pick-up. They just sat on the seat until the next day. It turned out that the next day, the Seitz and Blue & Gold food products that my son had sold as FFA the chapter fundraiser has arrived at the school. He called me and asked if I could pick them up because they might very well thaw out when school closed.

So I entered. I cleared the backseat of the van and grabbed a few caps that I wanted to keep for myself. I told my son to use whatever he wanted. He also caught two. Then I decided to split the bounty more. I told him to take them to the school farm building and share them with his fellow FFA chapter members. And from what I understand, they totally rushed on them. Even the counselor took one, but I heard that the counselor eventually gave this cap to the vice president of the chapter at the request of this student.

So there was a demand. Why not continue to share the joy?

The quest for the 2022 ceiling

I decided I wouldn’t go overboard, but I would collect a cap or two at IPPE 2022. I learned from my son that caps made by the Richardson company were the best on the minds of teenagers rural.

And I found an IPPE exhibitor who donated them. I also picked up a few caps from other brands at one or two other stalls.

Then the next day at the show, I struck up a conversation with people who remembered my previous cap blog. I was asked if a second part of this blog was coming.

Hmm. Why the hell not?

So I walked around the salon as my schedule allowed that afternoon and added to the collection. But I did not take them in all the stands that offered them. There are a few things not to do, at least from my perspective, and my son seems to agree with at least some of my criteria. Some cap shapes just look awkward. And adjustable caps with some sort of buckle at the back, especially those that are metal, are just plain uncomfortable when that buckle hits the back of your head. And no dice on camouflage caps. It is well exaggerated. A few months ago, one of my older children gave me a free camouflage cap that advertised his employer, and although I appreciate it and wear it regularly, a camouflage cap is sufficient.

But in this, uh, let’s call it research, I came up with a hypothesis. It seems to me that more exhibitors gave away baseball caps at IPPE 2022 than at IPPE 2020. What will be the situation for caps at IPPE 2023? Time will tell us. I plan to keep one from the latest IPPE collection, pictured in this blog, but will send the rest to school.

So to all of you IPPE exhibitors who have shared caps with your logo, thank you for equipping our young FFAs!