The New York International Auto Show (Best Association Show; Best Consumer Event; Best Media Coverage), Natural Products Expo (Best Green Event; Best Overall Public Relations Campaign) and IDG World Expo’s E3 (Best Use of a Mobile App; Best Website/Microsite) also won multiple E.X.C.I.T.E. Awards. See the full list below.Chicago Comic Con & Entertainment Expo was named the fastest growing show of 2012. More than 41,000 people were in attendance, up from 34,000 in 2011. Exhibitors and net square footage were also factored in. The Global Petroleum Show, IDEAg Dakotafest, 2012 International CES and PAX East rounded out the top five.Members of the Expo Elite, first announced in January, were also honored for their contributions to the industry.E.X.C.I.T.E. Award Winners Best Application of Content/Education on the Showfloor• American Dental Association – 2012 Annual SessionBest Association Show• Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association – New York International Auto ShowBest Buyer-Seller Event• Prime Advantage 2012 Fall ConferenceBest Consumer Event• Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association – New York International Auto ShowBest Development of a Spinoff Event• Paragon Group Inc. – Boston RV & Camping ExpoBest Environmental Design• Caterpillar Global Mining at MINExpo International 2012Best Extension of an Event’s Life• UBM Tech – Enterprise ConnectBest Green Event• Global Experience Specialists – Natural Products Expo, Penton MediaBest Incorporation of Venue or Destination Into a Show• National Cattlemen’s Beef Association – 2013 Annual Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade ShowBest Innovative Sponsorship Idea• GameStop – 2012 GameStop ConferenceBest Interactive Exhibit• Subaru of America – Choose Your Subaru AdventureBest International Event• E.J. Krause – The GREEN EXPOBest Marketing Campaign• CSG Creative – ISA International Sign ExpoBest Marketing Collateral• High Point Market Authority – High Point MarketBest Media Coverage• Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association – New York International Auto ShowBest Overall Public Relations Campaign• New Hope Natural Media – Natural Products ExposBest Showfloor Design• Jaymie Scotto & Associates – Telecom ExchangeBest Showfloor Engagement Strategies• National Trade Productions – Coverings 2012Best Startup/First-Year Event• Opus Events Agency – AWS re: Invent 2012Best Use of a Mobile App• IDG World Expo – E3 2012Best Use of Audiovisual to Enhance an Event• American Dental Association – 2012 Annual SessionBest Use of Event Technology• Barkley Kalpak Agency – Medco/ ESI Drug Trend SymposiumBest Use of Social Media• Cisco Systems – Cisco LiveBest Use of Twitter• BlogHer Inc. – BlogHer ’12 Best Website/Microsite• IDG World Expo – E3 201225 Fast-Growth Shows1. Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo2. Global Petroleum Show3. IDEAg Dakotafest4. The 2012 International CES®5. PAX East6. FABTECH Mexico7. National FFA Convention & Expo8. World Dairy Expo9. New York Comic Con10. Coverings 201211. International Apparel Sourcing Show12. The LED Show Conference & Exhbition13. Natural Products Expo West/Engredea14. NRA- Annual Meeting and Exhibits15. JEWELERS INTERNATIONAL SHOWCSAE (JIS)16. National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show17. 2012 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo18. Family Medicine Forum19. World of Asphalt20. International Boston Seafood Show21. COUTURE22. WasteExpo23. Rocky Mountain Dental Convention24. TMC’s Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition25. SupplySide West Influencers across the expo industry were honored Wednesday afternoon as the ExpoNext Conference kicked off with an awards luncheon at the Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore.Expo’s E.X.C.I.T.E. Awards were announced, the Top 25 Fast-Growth Shows were unveiled and the Expo Elite (pictured) were recognized at the gala keynoted by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. [Expo magazine is a sister pub of FOLIO:]The American Dental Association’s 2012 Annual Session took home the Editor’s Choice E.X.C.I.T.E. Award for best overall event, along with wins in Best Application of Content/Education on the Showfloor and Best Use of Audiovisual to Enhance an Event.