Equip Exposition, formerly GIE+EXPO, broke its own records in attendance and exhibitor numbers.
“The trade show remains the industry’s family reunion,” said Kris Kiser, President and CEO of the Equip Exposition and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), which owns the trade show. “This year we shook up the programming a bit and introduced lots of new ideas from an opening welcome reception and new, interactive educational sessions to Mulligan’s 5K Fun Run & Walk, a coffee bar, and an expanded Outdoor Demo Yard. his year’s numbers show the industry is strong and optimistic about 2023. The industry continues to innovate and bring new technologies to markets evidenced by the major product announcements, education, networking that went on."
Below is a snapshot of this year's Equip Expo by the numbers:
- 25,000 attendees and exhibitors attended the three-day trade show.
- 4,000-plus people turned out for the first-ever Welcome Reception at Louisville Slugger Field.
- Nearly 250 people braved the chill morning air for the inaugural Mulligan’s 5K Fun Run & Walk over the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge. The benefit run and walk, sponsored by Ariens, raised funds for the Kentucky Humane Society.
- Attendees hailed from all 50 states and 49 countries, including Guam, New Zealand and Australia.
Next year’s show, which returns to the Kentucky Exposition Center, will be held Oct. 18-20, 2023.