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5 not-so-bold predictions for GIE+EXPO

October 14, 2019 -  By
LM's own Bill Roddy, publisher, (L) and Craig MacGregor, associate publisher, (R) pose with columnist Marty Grunder. Photo: LM Staff

LM‘s own Bill Roddy, publisher, (L) and Craig MacGregor, associate publisher, (R) pose with columnist Marty Grunder at last year’s LM Partner Appreciation Party. Photo: LM Staff

Five: Parking, for the first time, will be a breeze. It was always a bad feeling to be running late getting from downtown Louisville to the Kentucky Expo Center, only to get off the exit and be greeted by a mile-long line to get into the parking lot. Thankfully, parking at  GIE+EXPO is free this year, so we won’t get caught waiting in line for 100 cars to get their proper change. It’s common sense — less time in line in the parking lot means more time in the Kentucky Expo Center. A win-win.

Four: The KR Chariot will garner a lot of attention. If you read my September cover story to the end, you learned about the KR Chariot (if you missed the story, you can click here and sneak ahead to the subhead that reads “The next big thing.”) It’s a one-man, hands-free motorized cart that allows its operator to work and move around a yard much more quickly than by being on foot. The product, invented by Florida-based lawn care operator David Reeves, has a small footprint online — there’s no website yet, just a handful of YouTube videos. You can see the KR Chariot in person at booth #11063 and then in action at the outdoor demo area 6114D. Your pal Jonesy thinks the KR Chariot will get a lot of attention not just because his gut tells him so … but because our website does. Since that story came out, the KR Chariot has been getting a lot of clicks on our website, which tells us a lot of readers are eager to learn more about this machine. Stay tuned.

Three: The LM party will be rocking. For the last few years, LM has reserved the Goose Island Beer Bridge at Fourth Street Live for our invite-only VIP party. (Yes, we’ve had people try to crash our party, but our door person is very good.) When the show schedule changed last year and stayed open later, it hurt our party attendance. So this year, we moved our party up to Tuesday night, and we have a new party crasher that we’re actually excited for — Louisville’s popular party band The Crashers will be playing during our party! The timing couldn’t be better. If you want to get on the invite list, email me … but be ready, I might ask you some LM trivia to make sure you’re a loyal reader before putting your name on the guest list …

Two: The outdoor demo area will enjoy sunny skies. The weather forecast for Thursday/Friday of this week looks nice — mid 60s and sunny with little chance of rain. Perfect weather to get outdoors and cruise around on some equipment. That is, if I can find the time to get outside the convention center, because I’ll mostly be running all over the trade show floor. Which leads me to my final not-so-bold prediction …

One: You’ll see me or someone from my team. It’s a big show, a lot of people, a massive amount of square footage. They’re expecting some 25,000-plus people to attend. But I’m willing to bet that if you are attending GIE+EXPO, you’ll see me or someone from my team at the show. I have this feeling because we’re going to be 13 strong at GIE+EXPO, all decked out in our matching LM gear. And if you don’t see us? Please stop by our booth (#21098) and say hello. If you have a story idea, that’s an opportune time to tell us about it.

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Seth Jones

About the Author:

Seth Jones, a graduate of Kansas University’s William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, was voted best columnist in the industry in 2014 and 2018 by the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association. Seth has more than 23 years of experience in the golf and turf industries and has traveled the world seeking great stories. He is editor-in-chief of Landscape Management, Golfdom and Athletic Turf magazines. Jones can be reached at

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  1. Andrew says:

    5/5, Jonesy!