The Recap & Excitement2017 West



MAY 12- 14, 2017

Event Statistics

  • 305 registered exhibitors, including showcase vehicles and authors
  • 392 classes, seminars, demos, activities, slideshows, and films; totaling 480 session-hours of instruction
  • 150 presenters, instructors, and VIPs
  • 30 staff & 135 volunteers 
  • 11,500+ from around the world (total # on site)
  • 650 Overland Experience package attendees
  • Attendees came from as far away as Brazil, Argentina, Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, and Austria.
  • Most U.S. states were represented; in highest attendance was California, Arizona, and Colorado; others came from as far east as Vermont, and from as far as far north as British Colombia and Alaska.

Event Highlights

  • Record numbers for the entire show, from exhibitors to attendees to volunteers.
  • We celebrated the first grantee of the Change Your World Fund with a party on Saturday night, which was received with overwhelming support and standing-room only for the raffle drawing.
  • Hosted a Cool Ride Contest, and announced the winner on Saturday at Happy Hour.
  • Had great weather in Flagstaff.

What People Are Saying

From Exhibitors:

"... we had a wonderful experience at the Expo and were extremely impressed by how smoothly and efficiently everything ran. We are already looking forward to next year!"

~Ann Caliri

"We had a great time at the event... We stayed more than busy during our time there and did the Biltmore tour on Monday. Just now getting purchases completed with vendors who ran out of stock on things I “needed” for my rig."

~Bill Elwell

From Attendees:

"I wanted to thank you for putting on such a superb extravaganza! It was everything I had hoped it would be, and so much better. The venue was perfect, the weather was perfect, and the Expo covered everything I wanted to see and more. I’m fully aware of the amount of effort, hard work and pain that goes into organizing Expo and Festivals. You should get a medal!"

–Peter and Beverly, Sedona, Arizona

"Other than [lack of recycling] the event was stellar. I was so impressed with its organization and Ft Tuthill is an awesome venue with all of the trees. Thanks for your great work. I hope it will happen at Ft Tuthill next year."

– John M.

"This was my first Expo. I found all of the volunteers to be polite and very helpful. The Expo was great. I had several issues solved by talking to the vendors. Everyone did a great job. Kudos to all of you who put in the time and effort to put this event on. I will be back."

– Cheryl D.

"I wanted to take a moment to thank you for putting on such a wonderful event. This was my first OE and I could not have had a more enjoyable time. I hope the venue at Fort Tuthill was considered a success. Not having experience at previous Expos, I can't comment on them but I will say that I thought the layout this year was great. Plenty of room for everyone. I met so many nice people and spent most of my weekend walking around sponging up the sights and sounds of this awesome gathering. I plan to return next year and hope to be more involved by volunteering and also participating in the Overland Experience. Thanks again to you and your staff for orchestrating such a great weekend."

– Nate A.

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