GL EXPO Highlights

Trade Show

The EXPO’s trade show is one of the largest shows for fruit and vegetable growers, greenhouse growers and farm marketers in North America! Last year, a record 458 companies and organizations exhibited products and services in the trade show. This year’s show is expected to be even bigger! There will again be an additional exhibit area featuring farm market vendors, other product vendors and information booths.

Trade show hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday. Be sure to plan enough time to see all the exhibits.


Education Program

The education sessions start at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Over three days, the program includes sessions on fruit crops, vegetable crops, other specialty crops, greenhouse crop production and marketing, farm marketing ideas and operations, farmers markets and organic production and marketing. Full program information will be available in October 2018


EXPO Prayer Breakfast

Wednesday, December 5, 7:00 a.m.

Pantlind Ballroom, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Kevin DeVries, Founder and President of Grace Explorations, is the Prayer Breakfast Speaker for 2018, speaking on The Great Heroic Harvest of God. Kevin is the father of champions, a son of immigrants, an inspirational speaker, explorer, entrepreneur, author, and national men's ministry leader from Grand Rapids, MI. Learn more about Kevin and Grace Explorations here. 


EXPO Banquet

Wednesday, December 5, 6:30 p.m.

Ambassador Ballroom, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

The banquet will feature a serving of Michigan foods and wines. The program features recognition of people for outstanding service to our fruit and vegetable industries. This year’s recipients of the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Scholarships and Jordan Tatter Scholarships will be recognized as well. And the winning entries in this year’s Cider Contest will be announced.

Tickets are $42. Advance purchase through registration is recommended. A limited number of tickets will be available at registration until noon on Wednesday.