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Dates announced for Paddlesports Retailer 2019 Courtesy Paddlesports Retailer

New information released for paddlesports industry's biggest tradeshow

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Paddlesports Retailer, the official national trade show of the paddlesports industry, opened registration via email for returning exhibitors on Monday, January 28, offering booth preference priority for exhibitors in the hall and at Demo Day in the order exhibitors register. Registration for other exhibitors opens on Monday, February 4 and retailer registration opens on February 11.

Paddlesports Retailer will remain in Oklahoma City, OK, for 2019 and 2020. The show will take place from August 26 to August 29, 2019. In 2020, the event will occur August 31 through to September 3.

Paddlesports Retailer general manager Charles Conner announced new perks for exhibitors in 2019, some of which are based on exhibitor feedback from the post-show surveys, including:

  • The show is subsidizing drayage to a flat $60 per hundred-weight for both advanced and direct shipments, which could save some exhibitors as much as 35 percent on drayage and materials handling
  • There will be free, nearby surface parking for exhibitor trucks and trailers
  • And free Wi-Fi internet access for exhibitors and retailers


Paddlesports Retailer Show Schedule 

Demo Day will kick off the 2019 show on Monday, August 26, followed by two-and-a-half exhibition days in the Cox Convention Center Exhibit Hall. The 2019 show schedule with updated educational programming, networking events and social gatherings will be announced in the coming months.

“Our first year in Oklahoma City was amazing. Both exhibitors and retailers told us the Demo Day at Riversport Adventure Park was the most successful demo in the industry’s history. In post-show surveys and interviews, attendees raved about the convenience of the hotels and restaurants in Oklahoma City and said the community welcomed everyone with enthusiasm. We’re proud to be back for two more years,” said Conner.

Representing paddlesports manufacturers, Bill Kueper, Vice President of Wenonah Canoe concurred: “The OKC location and the packed event schedule really delivered. Ninety-four percent of attending retailers indicated they plan to return for the 2019 show. That’s phenomenal. Paddlesports Retailer has established itself over the past two years and shows great potential going into 2019.”

The show’s second year—and first in Oklahoma City—drew more than 500 buyers representing over 230 individual retail stores. Show organizers expect attendance to grow in the coming years as momentum builds and attendees spread the word about the demo site, OKC’s convenient accommodations and restaurants, and the collection of paddlesports-specific exhibitors.

About Paddlesports Retailer

Paddlesports Retailer is the national trade show of the paddlesports industry, endorsed by the Paddlesports Trade Coalition. The show provides exclusive on-water demo opportunities, an expansive marketplace and an unsurpassed cultural experience for exhibitors, retailers, media and industry advocates alike. For more information, visit or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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