Attendees braved rising temperatures and thick crowds both indoors and outdoors at CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE on Thursday, navigating the 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space.
The breadth of equipment on display across the Las Vegas Convention Center amazed rookie and veteran attendees alike.
Tina, a Canadian CONEXPO-CON/AGG veteran was only planning to stay at the show until Thursday. However, after three days of exhibit after impressive exhibit, her mind – and hopefully her travel plan – has changed.
“Our flight is booked for tomorrow morning, but we’re trying to switch that. We just love coming out to the show, and Vegas is always a pleasant trip,” she said.
Tina has been coming to the show with her husband for over 16 years, and is already making plans to attend the 2020 show.
John, a dealer from New Zealand, found himself caught up in the display.
“I’m just keep standing here looking. It’s all incredibly impressive,” he said as he gazed around in awe at the Grand Lobby.
Exhibitor Chris West from Odisa weighed in on his experience from behind the scenes, and offered some advice to newcomers.
“Drink plenty of water and make sure you take a break now and then,” he said. “We’re lucky our exhibit is in the shade, because we have seen a lot of traffic today. It’s really been a great show.”
Show after show, CONEXPO-CON/AGG show management has worked tirelessly to both meet and exceed attendee expectations for the show. With the addition of the Tech Experience and the gold lot expansion, the size of the show is also a major shock to both newbies and return visitors.
Daryl, a CONEXPO-CON/AGG newcomer from Wisconsin was in awe of the setup of the show.
“I just can’t believe the size of the equipment here. The amount of planning and execution that goes into this show is truly incredible,” he said. “I can’t even imagine how much time this takes to execute.”
But take it from multiple-time attendee Tina about how best to manage the hundreds of thousands of square feet exhibited at CONEXPO-CON/AGG: “Make sure you have water and a good pair of shoes.”