ARLINGTON, Va. – The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) announced today that it has made the difficult decision to postpone HPBExpo 2021 due to the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled for early March in Nashville, Tennessee, HPBExpo 2021 will now be held June 23-26 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
“The health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors and staff have always been our number one priority,” stated Kelly VanDermark, HPBA’s Vice President of Expositions and Events. “Based on the current situation, the leadership of HPBA and the Expo Committee have decided it is in the best interest of all parties to reschedule the event for June. We understand the importance of HPBExpo to our industry, and look forward to offering the experience, insights and connections that our attendees and exhibitors have come to expect. Everyone is looking forward to safely gathering June.”
HPBA worked closely with Nashville to try to identify a later date for the event, but the city did not have availability to accommodate the new timing. HPBA recently added Louisville as an Expo destination and was planning its inaugural visit in 2023.
“We are grateful for everything that the event officials and the city of Nashville have done to ensure a safe gathering, but ultimately our leadership and attendees felt that postponing the event was necessary to protect the well-being of our community. Nashville is a popular destination and a great partner for Expo, and we can’t wait to get back there within the next few years,” said VanDermark.
VanDermark added, “In the meantime, we feel that Louisville will be a great alternative and look forward to reconnecting with the industry to provide access to the latest trends, technology, and training in indoor-outdoor living.”
HPBExpo is North America’s largest indoor/outdoor living show with exhibitors who display and demonstrate the latest products in hearth, barbecue, indoor and outdoor furniture, as well as pool & spa. The show is open to trade only and attracts specialty retailers, installing distributors, HVAC contractors, and LP and hardware dealers. The HPBExpo education program offers seminars focused on business development, sales and marketing, technical training and safety/liability issues.
For more information about HPBExpo 2021 and updated logistics, visit hpbexpo.com.