40th anniversary of event

Following the record-setting attendance and sell-out of exhibit space last year, the organisers of Louisville, Kentucky's Equip Exposition say that in 2023 the event will expand on its success by offering new, advanced education, additional entertainment and events including a new arena concert, expansion into the West Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center, and improved logistics and food options.

"Equip Expo has evolved into a unique, week-long experience for a range of interconnected businesses including outdoor power equipment, landscaping, hardscaping, tree care, design, lighting, irrigation and more," says Kris Kiser, President of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, which owns and manages the trade show. "And just like our industry is ever-evolving, so is the trade show that serves them."

Show attendees each year gain access to the latest equipment, technology and software, as well as education and connection with their peers. "But they should also expect new and improved experiences," says Kris. "So when attendees speak, we listen. Our philosophy is 'same show, new show, every year'."

New 2023 show experiences being planned include:

  • A new arena concert at the Yum! Center featuring headline band, Third Eye Blind.
  • A return of the New Product Showcase.
  • A Welcome Party at the downtown Kentucky International Convention Center with a concert from Expo house band, The Crashers
  • An keynote speech by Polar Explorer and master storyteller Ben Saunders who completed the longest-ever polar journey on foot.
  • The debut of the Equip Exposition Equipment Museum to showcase the evolution of the industry.
  • The addition of a business lounge, meeting spaces and expanded seating areas at the KEC.
  • Landscape education for young people sponsored by the TurfMutt Foundation. Children ages 12 and up may attend the show.
  • Improved shuttle bus, rideshare and transportation logistics.
  • More coffee shops and food offerings on-site, including breakfast options.

Also returning for 2023 are education and connection events for dealers and landscapers, live in-tree climbing demonstrations, Mulligan's Fun Run & 5K, the UTV Test Track, the Drone Zone, and Mulligan's Mutt Madness, a national dog adoption event, sponsored by the TurfMutt Foundation.

"We sold every inch of both indoor and outdoor exhibit space last year, and, in fact, had a waiting list," said Kris. "I encourage anyone seeking to participate in this year's show to act quickly. In fact, book your hotel room early. If you're going to fly, book it today. I can't stress this enough."

Equip Expo takes places from October 17-20.

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