Northern Green Trade Show is hosted by the Twin Cities every year and is the largest trade show in the Midwest for the green industry. In a 2-3 day window, 200,000 plus people move through the trade show talking with vendors and getting a look at new products that are on the horizon.
The Trade Show Committee oversees the moving in and out of this large scale, organized chaos. They were looking for new members in 2017 so I decided to join. It was an experience – with semi’s pulling in, skid steers all over the place, and hundreds of people bustling around trying to get their booths set up. Not to mention the snow coming down and clearing off vehicles when they came in the facility so there were no drainage issues.
2017 proved to be an interesting set up with a massive overhaul of the floor plan. There was a new hardscape competition that teams could demonstrate their skills with block patterns, cutting, and planting. A new stage area was put up where speakers gave presentations and people could get refreshments and relax. Ultimately, more machinery and fewer booths were set up for what I assume is more of a “wow” factor.
Overall, it went off without a hitch and was a great Northern Green Trade Show. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and am looking forward to another great year in 2018. Further information on the Northern Green can be found at http://northerngreen.org.