The Top 8 Most Attended Conventions

top 8 most attended conventionsIf you are trying to figure out where to show your company booth, start at the top of the
list. You want a trade show that stands out and attracts large numbers of exhibitors and attendees. That helps a company and their presenters balance time effort and impact.

If you have a plan in place for what to do with leads, then do some research about America’s best trade shows. Starting here:


This expo runs once every three years in Las Vegas. The next expo date is March 7 – 11, 2017; the 2014 show attendees were just shy of 130,000. The CONEXPO – CON/AGG is the world’s industry show for construction industries.  Products, oversize equipment and technological developments are on display at this industry-run show. Other related programs run simultaneously with the trade show including training and education, and industry certification classes. It’s a big deal. Approximately 24% of attendees are international.

2. Farm Progress

The Farm Progress trade show is the world’s largest outdoor farm show and the next one will take place on Sept. 1 – 3, 2015 in Decatur, IL. The 2014 show had 150,000 attendees. The show hosts products, services, live events and technology related to the agriculture industry, farms and ranches around the U.S. Crops are planted specifically for the show’s educational events and demonstrations.

3. Husker Harvest Days

This trade show is related to the Farm Progress show. It is going to be held next, Sept. 15 – 17, 2015 in Grand Island, NE which is the show’s permanent site. Husker Harvest Days is held yearly showcasing vendors on an 80-acre field, cattle handling, live-action demonstrations in the field and a Ride ‘n Drive area. The focus for this show is on working farms and products. The 2014 show had 100,000 attendees.

4. International CES

The International CES trade show is held in Las Vegas; with the next show Jan. 6 – 9, 2016. The show attracts over 160,000 attendees from around the world for the consumer technology industry. It’s impressive and makes headlines every year. New emerging technologies, innovative designs and the entire spectrum related to technology advancement is found at this show. At times, CES is reminiscent of science fiction, and proves to be a unique cross-section of innovators and business people.

5. IMTS – International Manufacturing Technology Show

The IMTS is held every two years at McCormick Place, Chicago; the upcoming show is Sept. 12 – 17, 2016. This show hosts 114,000 attendees from around the world. The focus of this show is to find new solutions for better manufacturing production and productivity with displays and demonstrations of equipment and tools.

6. PACK EXPO International

PACK EXPO has several trade shows, the largest is held in every two years at McCormick Place in Chicago hosting 48,000 attendees in the packaging industry. Attendees can see the biggest companies in the industry showing new developments in packaging materials, containers, components, and machinery in packaging, processing and converting. You might be surprised how broad the reach of this trade show; almost every product comes in some type of packaging.

7. January Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market

The January Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market is the largest gift and home trade show in the U.S. with over 90,000 attendees. The show features retail industry brands in several categories including gifts, clothing, wares, home furnishings, accessories and jewelry. The next show is scheduled for Jan. 12 – 19, 2016 at AmericasMart Atlanta. It’s timed to allow the best planning throughout the year.

8. SEMA Show

The SEMA Show (Specialty Equipment Market Association) is held yearly in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This year’s show is Nov. 3 – 6, 2015, however, it’s not open to the general public. In 2014, 145,000 attendees viewed demonstrations, displays and products, components and tools in the automotive specialty products industry. Attendees come from around the world to learn about new developments in the auto industry’s aftermarket.

If the above shows don’t include your area of expertise (though take a look you might be surprised) find the biggest shows in your industry and get involved. It’s important to be seen and remembered with a great booth. Northwest Creative Imaging works with manufacturers in cities across the US giving us the ability to supply portable trade show booths to the most popular trade shows in a short timeline!

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