Photos and Numbers, and Math…

It’s funny – after the 2nd year the Expo was held, a competitor made the statement, “I heard the attendance was down this year.”  That statement has been repeated after every subsequent Expo since. What makes it funny is that it’s mathematically impossible. If your attendance falls every year, at some point you’ll reach zero. Of course, that sort of thing is over some people’s heads.

When you have nearly 300 people in twin seminar rooms at the same time, and the exhibit hall floor remains thick with people, you just have to smile at the silliness of such a statement.

If Expo attendance has fallen each and every year, you have to wonder just how huge the crowd must have been that 2nd year!

Pictures don’t lie – the photos taken at this year’s Expo show portions of our largest crowd ever – 3004 attendees, not including the exhibitor personnel.  What was true in 2004 remains true in 2012 – there is absolutely nothing else like the Expo for custom rod builders. The numbers prove that the Expo is the event that most custom builders choose to attend and there’s a good reason for that.

For more photos of the 2012 Expo crowd, visit:

Click on the “next photo” button just above the first photo that turns up and you’ll be taken on a 35 photo presentation showing a bit of the 2012 International Custom Rod Building Exposition. Enjoy.


  1. WinAssist on March 3, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Nobody that was there and had more than half a brain would say such a thing. In fact this thing is only possible because of the X-wide aisles. In a standard boat-fishing show type thing this many people would jam the aisles elbow to elbow and nobody could move until everybody moved. My bet is that it is coming from jealous competitors who can not put on half the show you do no matter what.

  2. BTyorwarth on March 3, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    It is definitely the biggest rod building event by far. Way bigger than anything else. But to me the more important thing is that its the best event. Size is size, but quality is something else altogether and IMO is the most important asset to have.

    The Expo seminars get better and better each year. The presenters are polished and speak well in public. Everything is smooth and easy to follow. This is what I come for, not to mention the dozens of impromptu demos that take place all day in the hall and main entry area. The information is priceless.

  3. Ken on March 4, 2012 at 1:19 am

    The companies that make up the rod building industry are no dummies. They count beans and know what events pan out and which ones do not. They all come to the Expo but only about two or three bother with any other rod building event. That says it all for me. I go to the event where all these companies go, and that is the one and only ICRBE. They know a good thing when they experience it. That tells me all I need to know.

  4. BJ on March 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    My wife and I made a huge mistake this year. We have been to every Expo since 2006. It’s a long trip but well worth it, but we decided to stay closer to our home in OK this year. There was a rod building show in TX and we made a financial decision to go there instead. Just to save some money. You understand. It was billed as being similar to your Expo. It was NOT.

    Only maybe a half dozen rod building firms were there and very few actual rod building company mfgs. Very disappointing. Seminars were okay but basic and not as well prepared as yours.Overall the money we saved on travel did not equate to the quality of the experience. The two shows do not even begin to be comparable.

    We will not make this mistake again. Expect to see us at the Expo in 2013 and beyond. We strayed once but will not do so again.