CHA Moves Summer Show
The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) announced it is moving its summer show to Orlando July 28-30, 2009, followed by the first-ever CHA Consumer Show July 31-August 1, 2009. Details are not yet finalized, but CHA is hosting conference calls to answer questions and listen to suggestions and ideas.
Source: Bill Gardner July 23, 2008 Craftrends Magazine
For those not in the industry and don't follow the trade show hype, CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) holds two large trade shows every year where craft supply manufacturers display there newest and upcoming products. Store buyers from all over the world attend these shows to place orders to bring us all the cool, new stuff.
This summer show has been held in Rosemont, IL (45-minutes outside Chicago) for as long back as I can recall. While I always LOVE attending trade shows, I really disliked this particular venue location. It was downright miserable. The weather was always hot and sticky, we weren't close enough to Chicago to zip downtown for dinner and see the sites, and the prices around the convention center were horribly marked up. I used to refer to it as "being trapped in convention hell." So the news of CHA moving this show to Orlando is soooo exciting! I am downright giddy!!!And then to announce they're hosting a consumer show on top of that...just days after my birthday?! Holy craftroom, Batman...Sign me UP!!!
enjoy the changes in life that makes you giddy!