“We have never seen anything like it”, and “absolutely amazing” – – these were typical comments from exhibitors at Sydney’s first Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo staged in Penrith, New South Wales.

A staggering 30,000 visitors attended this earthmoving and construction expo – a massive number compared with attendances at similar Australian industry shows.

Diesel Dirt & Turf Opening 2016

Photo: Opening the Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo: from left, Chris Wilcox, Panthers Chairman Dave O’Neill, Event Managers Steve Zivkovich and Norm Pesch.

“We have never seen anything like it”, and “absolutely amazing” – – these were typical comments from exhibitors at Sydney’s first Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo staged in Penrith, New South Wales.

A staggering 30,000 visitors attended this earthmoving and construction expo – a massive number compared with attendances at similar Australian industry shows.

Crowds at the 2016 Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo

People not only came to look; they came to buy. Livio Pace of Boss Attachments said he was literally “blown away” by the huge crowd that included machinery attachment buyers who generated around $1 million in sales for his company.

“We could have closed up on Friday and been very happy with the outcome. Even bigger sales occurred on Saturday, while the crowd on our stand on Sunday was unprecedented. Typically from a show of this type we receive a number of enquiries and follow-up for months afterwards. Not this time! People were there to buy on the spot. We’re not talking about small items – these sales were for $50,000 to $100,000 pieces of equipment … As with most of the other exhibitors I spoke to during the event, we’ll be back next year with a major presence. This event is definitely
a ‘must attend’ for the earthmoving and construction industry”

Livio Pace of Boss Attachments

Expo manager, Steve Zivkovich, said the industry members who had supported their own event were now reaping the rewards of their confidence in participating.

“The industry has put its best foot forward to make the Expo a success … and what a success it was! … The industry clearly wants to participate in the bigger and better 2017 Diesel Dirt & Turf
Expo which will be held on Friday, 21 April through to Sunday, 23 April 2017.”

Expo manager, Steve Zivkovich

Visitors and their families flocked to the grounds of the Penrith Panthers where they were treated to great food from the many food stalls dotted throughout the Expo and enjoyed the entertainment and attractions for their children.

​​Exhibitors stands and machinery 2016 diesel dirt & turf expo

Machinery operators competed for trophies and big cash prizes in several field trials to show off their skills. Some had come from interstate, attracted by the big prizes.

Other major visitor attractions were the Flair Riders Stunt Show, pony rides, face painting, and vintage trucks, while the popular television series ‘BlokesWorld’ filmed the Expo to produce a one-hour episode that will go to air later in the year.