Paddlesports Retailer Announces 2019 Show Schedule

Asheville, NC – March 29, 2019 — Paddlesports Retailer, the official national trade show of the paddlesports industry, has announced its basic schedule for the 2019 event, taking place August 25-29, 2019.

New for this year are two additional social events, a Kick-Off Party on Sunday, August 25th at the nearby Bricktown Brewery, and an After-Hours Gathering on Tuesday, August 27th, presented by American Whitewater at TapWerks Ale House--also an easy walk from the Cox Convention Center.

The events are intended to give all show attendees additional networking opportunities and to bolster the show’s social calendar. According to show General Manager Charles Conner, retailers and exhibitors both wanted more networking opportunities and considered social events a critical part of their show plans. “Attendees ranked networking events the third most important show element, besides the core events in the exhibition hall and the demo day.”

Adding the events also serves another important function, it makes the show more enjoyable. “An important characteristic of our show is that it’s fun. For our retailers these may be the only summer days they’ll spend out of their shops, and it’s important that they’re able to enjoy themselves while doing business at Paddlesports Retailer” asserted Conner.

Other notable changes to the schedule include starting Demo Day earlier on Monday, and holding the flatwater and whitewater demos in succession rather than simultaneously. These changes are expected to give retailers more time to explore and use products and to provide exhibitors a more focused and efficient Demo Day experience, as Monday is also the second day of exhibitor installation.

Also noteworthy, the show will end earlier on Thursday. The new Thursday hours are 8am to 1pm. Last year the show ended at 3pm. Conner explained, “Exhibitors should still have time to schedule a range of appointments on Thursday, but they’ll also have time to break down their booths and start heading home for their Labor Day weekend plans.”

This year’s schedule changes reflect the show organizers’ emphasis on post-show surveys and attendees’ feedback. These changes resulted from almost 250 post-show surveys from exhibitors, attending retailers and even retailers who were unable to attend the event.

2019 Paddlesports Retailer Schedule

Wednesday, May 1     

  • First Draft of Exhibit Hall Floorplan Published

Saturday, June 1         

  • Submission Deadline for Retailer Reservations—for Full Lodging Reimbursement

  • Registration Deadline for Exhibitors to Receive Free Basic Booth Packages  (10x10s & 10x20s only)       

Thursday, August 1     

  • Submission Deadline for Retailer Reservations—for 1/2 Lodging Reimbursement

  • Final Exhibitor Hall Floorplan Released                    

Sunday, August 25      

  • Exhibitor Installation 1pm to 11pm

  • Direct Shipments Received at Exhibition Site 8am to 10pm

  • Kick-Off Party / Early Check-In at Bricktown Brewery 6pm to 10pm

Monday, August 26     

  • Exhibitor Installation 8am to 11pm

  • Direct Shipments Received at Exhibition Site 8am to 11pm

  • Demo Day Flatwater Event at Riversport Rapids Noon to 4pm

  • Demo Day Whitewater Event at Riversport Rapids 5pm to 9pm

  • New Product Showcase

Tuesday, August 27     

  • Industry Breakfast Featuring Guest Speaker 7:30am-9am

  • Exhibition Day One 9am to 5pm

  • Educational Programming & Seminars 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm

  • New Product Showcase

  • Exhibitor Sponsored In-Hall Happy Hour 4pm

  • Exhibitor Sponsored In-Hall Happy Hour 5pm

  • After-Hours Get Together Presented by American Whitewater: TapWerks Ale House 7pm to 9:30pm

Wednesday, August 28

  • Industry Breakfast Featuring Guest Speaker 7:30am-9am

  • Exhibition Day Two 9am to 5pm

  • Educational Programming & Seminars 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm

  • New Product Showcase

  • Exhibitor Sponsored In-Hall Happy Hour 4pm

  • Paddling Magazine Industry Awards and Reception: Convention Center Ballroom 5pm

Thursday, August 29   

  • Exhibition Day Three 8am to 1pm

  • Educational Programming & Seminars 9am to 12pm

  • Exhibitor Dismantle 1pm to 11pm

 

Hope Occhipinti