2018 World Pork Expo - June 6-8 - Iowa State Fairgrounds

World Pork Expo By the Numbers

World Pork Expo Overview

  • World Pork Expo spans 3 days — June 6-8, 2018 — at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, and is brought to you by the National Pork Producers Council.
  • The ongoing commitment and support of sponsors plays and essential role in making WPX possible; in 2017, 16 Gold and 24 Silver Sponsors supported the event.
  • 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of WPX.
  • Attendees at the 2017 WPX represented nearly 40 countries. Organizers expect a similar showing in 2018.
  • 450 companies from around the world were on-site, displaying products and services at booths, outdoor exhibits and hospitality tents at the 2017 WPX.
  • 1,000 international guests participated in the three days of WPX in 2017.
  • More than 20,000 pork producers and ag professionals from throughout the world attend WPX each year.
  • The exhibit space, which presents the latest pork production products, services and technologies, spanned  over 320,000 square feet in 2017. In 2018, that number is expected to exceed 360,000 square feet.

FREE with Admission

  • In 2017, attendees enjoyed 2 fantastic musical acts, Jake McVey featuring Big Vinny from Trailer Park and Farewell Angelina, with pork enthusiasts from around the world during MusicFest.
  • Attendees participated in 8 business seminars in 2017.
  • There are 10 PORK Academy seminars that took place in 2017. Pork producers and their employees can learn about nutrition management, understanding consumers, data collection and much more.
  • 10,000 mouthwatering pork lunches are served at the Big Grill.
  • In 2017, there were 900 booths that make up the world's largest pork-specific trade show — open 23 hours over the course of three days.
  • Visit the 50 hospitality tents placed throughout the fairgrounds — along Grand Avenue, Ruan Plaza, Rock Island Avenue and the Swine Barn. Expo attendees can drop in and visit with company representatives to learn about the latest innovations and developments.

Additional Activities

  • For individuals wanting to see and learn more about Iowa and U.S. agriculture, 2 pre-Expo tours are available, offering 1-day and 2-day tour options.
  • The World Pork Open Clay Target Championship lasts 8 hours and takes place at the New Pioneer Gun Club in Waukee, Iowa.
  • 144 golfers can participate in the annual World Pork Open Golf Outing held at the Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny, Iowa.

Pig Shows

  • Live hogs are on display for 5 days during the World Pork Expo Junior National.
  • There were 32 states represented by 1,050 youth signed up to participate in the World Pork Expo Junior National in 2017. Hosted by the National Junior Swine Association and Team Purebred, the Junior National presents youth events, including a Skillathon, judging contests, certification programs and live hog shows.
  • 2,500 live hogs were on display in the swine barn in 2017, up slightly from 2,351 in 2016.


  • In the Greater Des Moines Area, 31 Official World Pork Expo hotels are offering special Expo rates. The Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau provides other hotel options as well as a listing of area events.
  • 2,300 campsites are available on 160 acres within the Iowa State Fairgrounds for those interested in camping on-site during WPX.
  • Each year, more than 3,000 hotel rooms are booked throughout Des Moines and the surrounding area for WPX attendees.

Pork Production

  • Nationwide, more than 60,000 pork producers marketed more than 115 million hogs in 2016.
  • Approximately 31 million pigs are raised in Iowa annually, making it the No. 1 pork-producing state in the nation.
  • About 550,000 U.S. jobs are supported by various aspects of the pork industry, from local business to national and international brands.
  • U.S. pork production contributes over $5 billion to the nation’s economy each year.