January 2017 marked the end of an era for Power Show Ohio. From its inception back in January 1971, Power Show Ohio was a venue for agricultural, landscape and construction industries to showcase their products.
Dennis Alford, show manager, said the main purpose of the show was to create retail sales for the members of the Association. At its conclusion, it was no longer doing that. The decision was made by the board of directors of the United Equipment Dealers Association (UEDA) to end Power Show Ohio and create a new more effective show.
The Power Show was held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio, and Alford said over the years thousands of vendors worked together to transform a blank concrete floor, into a quality trade show. Four companies that exhibited since the beginning include: R.J. Cox Trailers, Kubota Tractor, Hayward Distributing and SISCO. Ending the show was not easy, but it is reflective of the changing marketplace.
Plans are underway for a new show that will focus on lawn and rural equipment. The show will be known as the Lawn and Rural Equipment Expo (LAREE). Its focus will include lawn, landscape, small farm and rural lifetsyle equipment. It is being planned for Dec. 7-8, 2018, at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, Ohio.