Kentucky Exposition Center improvement project enhances GIE+EXPO Demonstration Area

The Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) has an improvement project underway that will positively impact GIE+EXPO. Lot C, which becomes GIE+EXPO’s 20-acre Outdoor Demonstration Area each year in October, is undergoing a $1.3 million overhaul that will enhance the space’s function for GIE+EXPO and many other events in the future. The project is expected to be complete by the end of July. Watch live progress at

More than 126,000 cubic yards of dirt, the equivalent of 63 football fields (or over 1 million wheelbarrows full), is being relocated to Lot C and steps are being taken to improve drainage and irrigation. Once the green space is complete, the new irrigation systems will provide the ability to cover the entire field with an inch of rainwater in two days. 

In addition, permanent driving lanes will be added to Lot C, as well as sidewalks that extend from Phillips Lane, where several hotels are located, to a new main gate, improving pedestrian access.

According to Kris Kiser, managing partner of GIE+EXPO and OPEI president, the opportunity for attendees to get behind the controls and test equipment in a demo area that is right outside the exhibit hall makes GIE+EXPO a one-of-a-kind event. 

“We’ve called Louisville home for 38 years, and have always enjoyed a strong partnership with the city and state of Kentucky,” he said. “The renovations at the Kentucky Expo Center are really a big ‘backyard renovation’ for GIE+EXPO and the industry. These 20 acres of outdoor demonstration area are a purposeful, living landscape that our attendees and exhibitors use each fall to showcase and try out the latest equipment and technologies. We’re excited to show off the new grounds this October.”  

Project leaders at KEC have sought input from GIE+EXPO organizers throughout the project.  

“We have a great working relationship with KEC and have been pleased with their collaborative approach as they undertake major projects,” said Warren Sellers, show director. “With the current renovations wrapping up in July, we’ll certainly see a difference in the demo area this October and anticipate even bigger improvements by 2021.”


GIE+EXPO is set for Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 21-23, 2020. The annual trade show is sponsored by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Inc. (OPEI), Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) and National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).

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