The 2012 Green Industry & Equipment Expo (GIE+EXPO) — which will take place Wednesday, Oct. 24, through Friday, Oct. 26, at Louisville’s Kentucky Exposition Center — announced Sept. 18 that it has added an opening act to its free concert lineup. On Friday, Louisville native and up-and-coming country star, Olivia Henken, will open for Candy Coburn in downtown Louisville at 4th Street Live at 8 p.m. Coburn, who will sign autographs at the booth of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) from 3 to 4:30 p.m. earlier that day, will follow Henken at 9 p.m.


Henken was born and raised in Louisville, and the city has clearly supported her hometown pride. This year has been big for her — she was invited to play at Thunder Over Louisville; her band won a local radio station’s Battle of the Bands contest to open for Charlie Daniels; and she was asked to record “DerbyTown,” a tribute to Louisville’s famous Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Derby Festival.


If you want to rock out and watch a new country bombshell before she makes it big, this is your chance. Olivia’s debut album, “Ride,” is a mix of country rock and soulful ballads, similar to the styles of country superstars Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert.


Other concerts at this year’s GIE+EXPO are Kansas, 9 p.m. on Wednesday; and The Trishas, 7:30 p.m., and the Eli Young Band, 9 p.m. on Thursday. The Thursday concerts are sponsored by Nissan Commercial Vehicles.


New this year, the $10,000 Friday Giveaway will start at 1 p.m. on Friday. A winner will be chosen every hour for a giveaway of $1,000 at 1 p.m., $2,000 at 2 p.m., $3,000 at 3 p.m., and $4,000 at 4 p.m. To be eligible, you must register for GIE+EXPO. An entry form will be mailed along with badges, and you can enter by returning it to the Nissan Commercial Vehicles booth (7084) by noon on Friday. Four winners will be chosen and must be present to win.


Register for GIE+EXPO and make hotel reservations at www.gie-expo.com. From Sept. 12 until 5 p.m. on Oct. 23, pre-registration is $25. The onsite registration fee will be $50.


GIE+EXPO’s Refer-a-Friend program will award an Apple iPad to one lucky winner. To enter, register online and then send an online invitation to a friend. When that person registers, you will be eligible for the iPad drawing.


Information about the show can be obtained on www.gie-expo.com and Facebook at www.facebook.com/gieexpo, as well as by contacting Sellers Expositions at (800) 558-8767, (812) 949-9200 or info@gie-expo.com. Potential attendees and exhibitors who “Like” GIE+EXPO on Facebook will also be entered to win $1,000.


GIE+EXPO is sponsored by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Inc. (OPEI), Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) and Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS). Hardscape North America (HNA) will be co-located on the show floor on the same dates. HNA is produced by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and endorsed by the Brick Industry Association and the National Concrete Masonry Association.