The International Woodworking Fair (IWF) 2022 delivered its first global woodworking trade show and conference since 2018 earlier this year. The event ran for four days, August 23–26, at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) in Atlanta.
IWF 2022 exhibits and displays occupied more than 663,000 square feet of the more than 1.2 million square feet of all three GWCC buildings and the B/C exhibit hall, and housed more than 900 exhibitors presenting operating machinery, services, and supplies in more than 540 product categories.
After a four-year pause, the 2022 show produced a total registered attendance of 25,524 with attendees drawn from every U.S. state, the District of Columbia and 92 countries and provinces. IWF 2022 set an all-time record of first-time attendee registrants with more than 48 percent new.
Highlighting the IWF 2022 staging were the Tuesday, August 23 opening day announcements of the IWF Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award winners and the IWF Design Emphasis Student Competition winners and the landmark Wednesday, August 24 Night at the Tabernacle event, which with an attendance of more than 1,000 ranks as the largest single all-show event in IWF history.