Louisville Trade Show to Offer Hands-On Equipment Testing and Networking Opportunities for Landscapers, Contractors and Industry Members
Equip Exposition’s new-and-improved trade show incorporates last year’s feedback, offering new experiences and opportunities to test equipment, swap ideas and attend cutting-edge education sessions
Louisville, Ky. – Equip Exposition, the international landscape, outdoor living, and equipment exposition, is enhancing attendee experiences for the 2022 trade show, to be held October 18-21 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Registration is open for landscape professionals, hardscape contractors, outdoor power equipment dealers and retailers, and manufacturers and other industry members at www.equipexposition.com. Early Bird registration ends after September 9, 2022.
“Attendees will find many changes to enhance their experience at the show in 2022. When we re-branded and renamed the event last year from GIE+EXPO to Equip Exposition, attendee feedback was clear. They wanted more time — outside to try out equipment, to attend education sessions and to network, swap ideas and learn how to grow profitability,” says Kris Kiser, President & CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), which owns and manages Equip Exposition. “We’ve heard them and are giving show attendees many new experiences, and most importantly, more hours at the show.”
Of the many improvements this year, the ever-popular Outdoor Demo Yard, where attendees can “test before they invest” in new equipment to see if it’s right for their businesses, has expanded by nearly eight acres – and is now nearly 30 acres. Before committing to purchasing equipment, contractors and landscapers can drive, dig, mulch, cut, trim, mow, saw and more to see how the equipment handles and performs.
“Companies that have never reserved outdoor demonstration areas to show their products are lining up to be outside this year,” says Kiser.
An expanded UTV test track also will be available in the Outdoor Demo Yard. Drivers must be at least age 16 and have a valid driver’s license to drive one of the UTVs.
Hours for the trade show are also increasing, both for the indoor exhibition area, which boasts 1,000+ exhibitors covering 675,000 square feet of exhibit space, and for the expanded Outdoor Demo Yard. Overall, the show opens earlier on Wednesday, starting for dealers at 9 a.m. and for landscape contractors at 12 p.m. Outdoor Demo Yard hours also start early with additional Wednesday hours from
12 p.m.-5 p.m.
After a busy day seeing the latest innovations in the industry, attendees won’t want to miss the evening concerts. The show’s house band, The Crashers, kicks things off on Wednesday night. The premium concert event featuring country music star Trace Adkins moves to Thursday evening at Fourth Street Live! and is sponsored by STIHL on the Belgard Stage.
Equip Exposition continues to co-locate with Hardscape North America (HNA), the premier trade show for hardscape contractors, presented by the Interlocking Concrete Paving Institute and National Concrete Manufacturers Association. Registration at Equip Exposition gets attendees free access to the HNA show.
About Equip Exposition
Equip Exposition, the international landscape, outdoor living, and equipment exposition, is held annually in Louisville, KY, and in 2019 was ranked the sixth largest trade show in the United States. The show publishes equip magazine and is owned and managed by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, an international trade association representing manufacturers of outdoor power equipment, parts, small engines, battery power systems, portable generators, utility and personal transport vehicles, and golf cars, and their suppliers. For more information visit www.equipexposition.com.