June 10 was a great day for me in Las Vegas. That was the day, after more than a year without a convention to attend, I attended The World of Concrete at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The experience was not without a few glitches. Upon arriving at the convention center I thought I had the wrong dates. No crowd. Very few displays in the parking lot. (I later learned the trade show was concentrated indoors, in the north hall and the new western extension.) Locating my attendance badge was another problem, causing a few long walks down long hallways before finally finding the right spot. The badge was issued, but badge holders were not included, so my badge had to stay in a shirt pocket until requested for the purpose of scanning.
The World of Concrete typically attracts commercial contractors, concrete contractors, ready mix producers, rental center managers and concrete pumpers. Typically. also, the event is held in January which in many parts of the country is not construction season. The temporary post-covid move to June which can be construction season, undoubtedly affected attendance.
But for me, the lack of crowds was a Godsend. I could meet and talk with exhibitors and learn a thing or two. My video taken in the convention center’s north hall and the new western extension hall is below. World of Concrete is the first large trade show to return to Las Vegas. More to come, we hope!