But in true Las Vegas style, the opening ceremonies also included a rap band singing "Let's Get It Started" by the Black Eyed Peas while they banged on giant equipment attachments and made noises with a welding torch.
And then came the drum corps, playing multi-headed drums—so much noise! Ah, yes. This CONEXPO is sure to have some of the good old CONEXPO sizzle!
As the crowd walked through the gates, they were welcomed by the traditional CONEXPO statues.
And watched flags and cranes in the sky. But this year...the 60,000-sq-ft booth in the is showing off Chinese manufacturer Sany's offerings.
CONEXPO leaders report that attendance is likely to be over 120,000 this year—in the range of many CONEXPOs past. Peak traffic in 2008 was over 140,000.