John Deere, Tigercat and Barko, in cooperation with their respective local dealers, Stribling Equipment, MidSouth Forestry Equipment and Crouse Truck Parts & Equipment, are the first major companies to book exhibit space with InWoodsExpo 2015. The live forestry equipment demonstration is set for June 18-20 near Hot Springs, Ark. Other exhibitors of record as of November 19 included Tuckers Truck, Texarkana Truck Center, Waratah, BITCO Insurance and Farm Credit of Western Arkansas.

Sponsored by the Arkansas Timber Producers Association (ATPA) and Hatton-Brown Publishers, the event will again be staged on a previously thinned pine plantation owned and sustainably managed by Weyerhaeuser Co. The tract is conveniently located just off Arkansas Highway 128, about 16 miles east of Hot Springs and about eight miles west of Interstate 30.

Larry Boccarossa, ATPA Executive Director and manager of the show, notes the mid-year date was selected in an attempt to distance the expo from the threat of severe spring thunderstorms and/or tornadoes, which were issues in 2007 and 2011. “It will be a little warmer in June than April or May—average mid-June high in Hot Springs is only 84 degrees—but warmer conditions are better than the threat of severe weather,” he reasons. “Another advantage to having the expo in June is that it will give families a chance to plan a vacation around it. There are lots of attractions to see in the Hot Springs area.”

He notes the expo will incorporate on-site parking and special activities for children for the first time, and possibly chain saw carving attractions. Continuing education opportunities will again be offered for loggers and foresters.

First held in 2004, the show typically draws 70 or so exhibitors and several thousand attendees from the ArkLaTex area and beyond. “With Hatton-Brown’s assistance, we’re promoting the 2015 Expo much more aggressively and expect record participation,” Boccarossa says. For more information, visit www.arkloggers.com/expo or call 501-224-2232.