Not a normal tradeshow

WHY THE BIG GEAR SHOW?

THE Premiere Tradeshow for Paddlesports

This is THE trade show for the paddle industry to attend. Here at the Big Gear Show, we take pride in offering a completely outdoor event that is set up to benefit retailer demos. Our paddle partners have it made at Deer Valley where exhibits will extend along the shoreline of six acres of pristine, mountain-fed ponds. Needless to say that there is more than enough room for people to get out on the water to test paddle boards, canoes, kayaks and more!

Delivering an all outdoors invitational event in a fantastic mountain venue is not rocket-science, but it’s definitely unconventional. We are folks who love time outside and doing meaningful business in it, and we know how to produce trade shows indoors and out. After all, our businesses are all born from our passion having run successful outdoor retail businesses, and we know that innovation in gear is what drives increased participation and healthy, sustained industry success. We love the lifestyle too, since we live it every day. It’s time for the industry to control its own show destiny; this is the reset show for the Paddle Industry’s next forward leap.

THESE AREN'T NORMAL TIMES...

So who needs a normal tradeshow?

In today’s new normal, no one wants to go to mass gatherings in big city centers, cooped up indoors with thousands of people, only to walk through aisles of irrelevant vendors and startup brands with only one product that they’re hoping to “bring to market.”

Last year, we delivered a dynamic multi-category event designed for retailers, by retailers. We kept everyone safe with color-coded lanyards, providing masks and sanitizing stations and being, well, outdoors.

We’ll be in Park City again this year and plan to bring you an even better experience, allowing retailers to test the latest products and newest lines in the environment they were designed for.

When

AUGUST 2-3, 2022

Where

DEER VALLEY RESORT

What retailers said about BGS

By the numbers...

1 %
Want to be outside
1 %
Intend to return
1 %
Are decision-makers
WHAT MAKES THE BIG GEAR SHOW UNIQUE?

The Very Best Retailers

Put your brand in front of hand-selected buyers from all around North America. These are the best gear shops in the business. In fact, we even pay for some of their travel. If your brand is asked to attend The Big Gear Show, it’s because these retailers want to see you there. 

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WHAT MAKES THE BIG GEAR SHOW UNIQUE?

We're Outside, with a Fully-Integrated Demo

Showcase your products in the environment they were designed for. See, try, buy – all in one appointment.  Let retailers use your gear, do some live testimonials on-trail or water, share with their community and staff, and change the way shows deliver value. 

WHAT MAKES THE BIG GEAR SHOW UNIQUE?

We're Actually Affordable

We know that gear makers can’t afford expensive tradeshows. So our prices start at 50% less than other national events. Plus, no unions and expensive mark-ups. Leave your expensive booth behind and let your people and your gear tell your story.

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WHAT MAKES THE BIG GEAR SHOW UNIQUE?

We are Small and Curated

We are a small event and our brands are highly-curated. That means you won’t get lost in the basement (well, there is no basement, but you get the point). We also respect your intellectual property and shun container dumpers and knock-off artists. We have no tolerance for those folks. 

Don't take it from us

Testimonials from Brands

“We are excited to return to an in-person trade show after two years. It’s been over a year since we’ve witnessed the user-product interface.  Lacking this severely reduces our innovation and other “ah-ha” moments. In-person trade shows restore the opportunities of visual and social learning that electronics cannot replicate. Humans are social by nature and paddling is a hands-on experience. No amount of Google Duo or Zoom-n-doom can take the place of in person product discussion and interaction. Finally, we look forward to reestablishing personal connections with our dealers, sales teams, vendors and competitors who are integral to our networks and sharing of best practices.”

Bill Kueper
Vice President – Wenonah Canoe