What are trade shows? A trade show, also known as a trade exposition, trade exhibition, and trade fair, is an event with the purpose of bringing together members of a particular sector (such as automotive, fashion, food service, entertainment, consumer technology, medical technology, outdoor recreation, etc.) so they can display, demonstrate, and discuss their latest developments. In addition to the new product and service exposure offered by trade shows, they provide opportunities for industry members to network, collaborate, and learn from each other. This infographic visualizes the largest trade shows across the United States based on the net square footage of exhibit space. The largest trade show in the United States is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which showcases the latest and greatest of the consumer electronics industry. That includes technology used for entertainment and communication, including phones, video game consoles, wearable tech, cameras, and even virtual reality platforms. The Consumer Electronics Show fills a colossal 2,930,421 square feet of exhibit space, which is over 50 football fields!