Mid-America Expositions, Inc.
Brief Company History

 

Mid-America Expositions, Inc. was launched by the overwhelming success of the Company's first event, Queen For A Day, which drew over 50,000 women to the Omaha Civic Auditorium in November of 1964. The Event produced by the late Bob Mancuso, Sr., was the beginning of a number of excellent events.

Since this first event, Bob Mancuso, Sr. led the company to incredible growth and success including the Triumph of Agriculture Exposition, Farm & Ranch Machinery Show in 1967 for the Nebraska Centennial Celebration saluting 100 years of Agricultural Progress. The event was so successful it became an annual event held each March and is regarded as one of the largest indoor farm machinery shows in the country.

   Bob Mancuso Sr.

Our Father, Mentor and Founder of Mid-America Expositions.

September 20, 1933 - March 9th, 2015

Omaha World Herald Tom Shatel Article

Omaha World Herald Obituary

Bob Mancuso,Sr. began producing the Omaha Home & Garden Expo at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in 1967 which filled the Arena with Exhibits and became the largest single event held each year at the Omaha Civic Auditorium occupying the entire building with 3 levels of exhibit space, Assembly Hall exhibits and stage shows in the Music Hall. The Show's success later led to the formation of the Fall Home & Garden Expo in 1989 which is held annually.

Bob Mancuso, Sr. began the Omaha Products Show in 1965and by 1969 the show had grown to over 350 exhibits and the largest business and industrial show in the country. With such success and requests, Mid-America Expositions began producing Products Shows for Business & Industry in regional areas throughout the Midwest. including Kansas City, Missouri in 1970, Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1971, St. Paul, Minnesota in 1972, Lincoln, Nebraska in 1980, Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1983, Denver, Colorado in 1986, Sioux City, Iowa in 1988 and launched the Des Moines, Iowa Show in 2006.

 

In 1998, Mike Mancuso and President of Mid-America Expositions launched the Taste of Omaha “A Festival of Great Foods & Entertainment” which was met with exceptional enthusiasm. The Taste of Omaha has established itself as a unique community celebration and an annual signature event for the City of Omaha.

    Mike Mancuso

 

.....In 1999, the Omaha Lawn, Flower & Patio Show, as the Largest Gardening Event of the Year with Blooming Flowers, Landscaping ideas as well as Home – Garden and Outdoor Living Displays. Mid-America Expositions, Inc. combined the #1 Home & Garden Show, Omaha Home & Garden Expo with the #2 Home & Garden Show, Omaha Lawn, Flower & Patio Show to become the largest Home & Garden Event in Omaha's History moving to the all new CenturyLink Convention Center.

President of Mid-America Expo ..............................................

To date, Mid-America Expositions, Inc., has moved several Omaha Shows which were held at the Omaha Civic Auditorium to the new CenturyLink Center-Omaha continuing these annual events and becoming the largest user of the CenturyLink Convention Center.

 

 

... In 2007, Mid-America launched a successful Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival in August and the Annual Omaha Health Expo "Mind, Body & Spirit Fair" Now at the Baxter Arena in April.

Bob Mancuso, Jr.

Joe Mancuso

Mid-America Expositions, Inc. is also very involved with producing and/or promoting several civic activities, sporting and special events throughout the Omaha Area. Some of these have included the Outland Trophy Award Dinner, Outland Award Semi- Finalist Announcement Party, Greater Omaha Sports Committee Scholar Athlete Awards Luncheons, Corporate Cycling Challenge Bicycle Ride, Midwest Grand Fondo, Omaha Biathlon and in the past were a big part in the Big Eight Women's Volleyball Championships, County Fairs, Disney On Parade, Harlem Globetrotters, Omaha Racers, KC - Omaha Kings, Ringling Brothers and Shrine Circuses, Sesame Street Live, Septemberfest, WestFair, NBA Exhibition Games, Japan - USA Games, and US Hot Rod Association Truck and Tractor Championships, to name a few.

 


Whether producing a trade show where buyers and sellers in an industry can get together or promoting a special event that offers an opportunity for people to spectate or participate, Mid-America Expositions, Inc. is dedicated to the highest quality of shows and has been bringing business and people together for over 50 years !

Articles about the Company

The Mancuso's - Omaha Magazine 2013

Omaha Family Magazine 2011

Small Business of the Year for 2010 - Small Business of the Month for June - Greater Omaha Chamber

The Family Behind the Fun - Her Magazine