Special Events Virginia: Property Damage is Never a Concern When Using Tent OX ™

How customers use Tent OX

It was a game changer. “It was love at first use,” recalls Matt Smith, Warehouse Manager of Special Events Virginia. “We were all blown away by the power and precision of the Tent OX.”

Matt SmithWarehouse Manager

Special Events Virginia


Headquartered in Portsmouth, Special Events Virginia covers a 100-mile radius including Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Suffolk, Portsmouth and beyond. The business employs 30 people year-round who serve a diverse customer base including city festivals, corporate events and weddings.

Special Events Virginia carries tents ranging in size from 10×10’ up to 60 x 340’ pole tents as well as Aztek™ 30’ to 40’ wide frame tents. Special Events Virginia often handles large festivals, requiring the setup of 40 or more tents in a short amount of time.


However, many venues restrict vehicles from driving on their property for fear of damage to the grass. This was a huge roadblock to productivity, as crews had to use hand trucks and dollies to move a ton of materials.

In 2014, Special Events Virginia was responsible for setting up a 60×120’ TopTec™ tent at the MATRA Show. Tent OX was at that same show and asked the crew lead if they’d like to demo the machine. “It was love at first use,” recalls Matt Smith. Warehouse Manager. “We were all blown away by the power and precision of the Tent OX”


That winter, Special Events Virginia purchased a Tent OX System, comprised of an Avant 528 and a full suite of attachments including OX Driver, OX Puller, OX Push, OX Push Pocket and OX and Roll.

Tent OX is our “secret weapon” and their leg up in the industry. There isn’t a single venue that won’t allow Special Events Virginia to drive the Tent OX on their property, giving them a valuable edge over the competitions heavier loaders that are routinely barred from those same tent sites.