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Equip Exposition has Biggest Participation Numbers Ever

Equip Exposition, an international landscape, outdoor living and equipment exposition show, set a new record welcoming more than 25,000 attendees and exhibitors. The 2022 show debuted a new brand and new experiences for its participants, and all indoor and outdoor exhibit space available was sold out for both Equip Exposition and Hardscape North America, who co-locates with Equip Expo.

“The tradeshow remains the industry’s family reunion,” says Kris Kiser, President and CEO of the Equip Exposition and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), which owns the tradeshow. “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.”

He adds, “This 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.”

Expo attendees hailed from all 50 states and 49 countries, with the furthest traveling attendees journeying from Guam, New Zealand and Australia.  Other changes this year included landscaper educational sessions organized by Landscape Management magazine, as well as new partnerships with the Pool & Hot Tub Association and the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals. Dealer education partners included Bob Clements International, the Equipment and Engine Training Council, and Power Equipment Trade magazine.

Other education partners included The Irrigation Association, the Professional Grounds Management Society, Davey Tree Expert Co. and the Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop, who brought an expanded perspective to attendees on how to expand their businesses.

Original, new programming included timely topics such as “The California Equation” on the impact regulatory changes to equipment in the West are going to have on the industry nationwide.

More than 4,000 people turned out at the first-ever Welcome Reception at Louisville Slugger Field. Nearly 250 braved the cold morning at 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.

Records were also set with sponsorship sales and advertising sales for equip magazine.

Next year’s show, which returns to the Kentucky Exposition Center, will be held October 18-20, 2023.

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