ELKO — The Elko Mining Expo started taking shape June 8 as vendors set up mining equipment displays and filled tents in and around the Elko Convention and Conference centers, and organizers are reminding attendees to register.
The expo action kicks off June 10 when the exhibits open to industry professionals and the public.
“We’re excited to bring this event back after missing last year and exhibitors have expressed a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for returning to Elko,” said Kimberlee Longley, lead coordinator of the Expo for the Elko Convention and Visitors Authority.
The ECVA continues to accept online registrations for attendees and will offer same-day, on-site registrations inside the main entrance of the conference center.
The 2021 Elko Mining Expo is open to anyone interested in attending; however, only registered attendees will have access to interior exhibitors in the Elko Convention & Conference Centers and the Mining Mall.
The registration fee is $30 per day; $60 to attend both exhibit days. Advance registration can be done online at https://bit.ly/3uHQfd9.
On-site registration is also available during exhibit days, Thursday and Friday beginning at 9 a.m. each day. Exhibits will be open until 5 p.m. Thursday. The show ends Friday at 3pm.
The Nevada Mining Association is working with the ECVA to streamline the registration process using self-serve touch pads and on-site badge printing.
“This is a new thing we are doing this year, and it’s helping with registration” said Drew McGregor, NVMA outreach coordinator.
The trade association uses similar technology at its annual conference and partnered with the ECVA to modernize processes at the expo. McGregor said the pairing was a good fit as NVMA aims to connect mine operators with industry professionals.
In the initial planning stages months ago, the ECVA had considered limiting event access because of the coronavirus pandemic. State restrictions have since eased, although participants are still encouraged to wear face coverings when appropriate in accordance to Nevada guidance.
“We appreciate the support of the Elko Community and the Mining Industry in making this year’s Elko Mining Expo happen,” said Katie Neddenriep, ECVA executive director, in an email. “While we know this year’s Expo is different from years past, we are optimistic it will be a great success for exhibitors and attendees. The ECVA team has been wonderful at navigating the challenges and uncertainties presented by the pandemic and we’ve put in place the necessary measures to ensure a successful event.”