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Six decades of CONEXPO-CON/AGG for industry veteran

Leonard McCurley amongst a group of people standing in front of a large CONEXPO-CON/AGG sign.

With CONEXPO-CON/AGG wrapping up for another year, one long-time attendee is celebrating a significant milestone.

A true CONEXPO-CON/AGG veteran, 89-year-old Leonard McCurley has attended the show for the last six decades.

After the difficulties faced since the previous time the industry gathered for CONEXPO-CON/AGG, McCurley was one of the many attendees and exhibitors excited for a return to normalcy.

Raised on a farm in Michigan and working in construction his whole life, McCurley has found CONEXPO-CON/AGG to be a home away from home throughout his adult life. He attended his first show in 1963 and has not missed one in the 60 years since.

“There are so many interesting people I’ve talked to – it’s an education just to talk to all of them,” McCurley says. “I think everybody that is around heavy equipment should go to that show.”

CONEXPO-CON/AGG is a family reunion of sorts for McCurley. Several of the companies he has worked for in the past have booths at the show, and he always looks forward to reconnecting with their representatives whenever and wherever he can.

In addition, his own children and grandchildren were also in Las Vegas last week attending the 2023 show. But McCurley recalls his fondest memories of attending CONEXPO-CON/AGG were with his wife in years past.

“She went to every show with me when she was alive, and she really enjoyed them, too,” he says.

Now that he has made it to this year’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG, McCurley notes he has nothing but love for North America’s largest construction trade show, and would like to attend the show moving forward for as long as it makes sense for him to do so.

He says it’s impossible to attend six decades worth of CONEXPO-CON/AGGs without at least having some advice to share with newcomers.

“You’ve got to have a good pair of shoes and make sure you go to see the whole thing, because if you don’t, you’re missing a lot,” McCurley says.

The next CONEXPO-CON/AGG will be held March 3-7, 2026, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information, visit:

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