This show stated 150,00 visitors showed up for the 2009 show on the Zapp application. Unfortunately, the promoters decided to move the show location for 2010. The move resulted in a very poor turnout of customers and left many artist wondering what want wrong.
Setup: The check-in and setup was pretty easy for this show. You could pull up near the load-in doors and get started. Vehicles are not allowed inside, but artists were broken up into waves of setup times to keep the congestion to a minimum. The booths were generous in space and allowed for storage behind them. This is an indoor show and lighting was helpful, but not absolutely necessary.
Sales: Its difficult to sell product when there is no one to sell to. This was the general sentiment from all the artists in my row during the show. Many were just hoping to cover the expenses for the show and at best that is what most of us did. The foot traffic was very light the entire show. On average, I had visitors in my booth about every 10-15 mins. At a typical show of this caliber, I would expect visitors every 2-3 mins.
Tear Down: Tear down went fairly smooth. You were given a pass to bring your vehicle in once your booth was broken down to their satisfaction. They were not too particular about this though. Expect to haul your setup at least some distance. Dolly or cart is a must.
Summary: I drove from Phoenix to do the show. It was a second show to backup another show. Upon arriving, my first concern was the location. It was located in downtown Dallas near the heart of the city. Many interstates converge in this area and it was easy to get lost or take the wrong freeway. Another concern was the minimal signage advertising the event. The entrance gate for customers had no signs at all and parking was expensive. Lastly, the volunteers helping run the show seemed confused at times and it was not clear who was in charge of the event to answer questions and voice concerns. I would not return for this event.
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