Vendor Essentials

EXHIBITOR INFORMATION

Great Lakes Pet Expo

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Wisconsin Exposition Center

8200 W. Greenfield Avenue, West Allis, WI  53214

Show Hours: 9AM – 5PM

Advance tickets available for purchase at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3219712 .

DIRECTIONS TO THE WISCONSIN EXPOSITION CENTER

Please visit WI State Fair Park

BOOTH INFORMATION

Click here for Your Booth Assignment and Exhibitor Listing.  Review the floor layout here 2018 Great Lakes Pet Expo Map

Every 10X10 booth comes with a skirted, covered table and two chairs.   The table dimensions are 8 feet long by 2 feet deep.  The drape color for the 2018 expo is black with table skirts being either black or white.

Extra Tables, Chairs, etc.

Please email glpedirector@gmail.com if extra chairs and/or tables are needed.  Deadline to order is January 9, 2018.

Booth Utilities

EXHIBITOR PERSONNEL ADMISSION

All exhibitors should enter through the Vendor Loading/Unloading.  Those entering prior to 9:00 am will be admitted free.   Any exhibitor entering after 9:00 am will be able to purchase an exhibitor ticket for $3.00 (over a 50% discount).  Discounted exhibitor tickets are not available at the public entrance!  Hand stamps will be issued for those who need and in and out privileges.  Thank you for understanding and supporting this charitable event.

EXHIBITOR MOVE IN AND TEAR DOWN

  • Friday evening move-in, 5:00PM-8PM.  The A & B Hall loading docks on the east side of the building as well as the West Entrance will be available for loading and unloading on Friday night.  Security will direct traffic.  Free parking for all.
  • Saturday morning move-in, 6:30AM – 8:30AM and Show Hours are 9AM – 5PM (VIP Shopping Hour 9AM – 10AM).  You must come through the Vendor Loading Area (Halls A & B), on the east side of the Wisconsin Exposition Center.
  • Complimentary hand trucks will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Remember to be courteous to fellow exhibitors and unload promptly and return the cart to the loading area.
  • Supplies MUST be unloaded by 8am and booths set up by 8:30am.
  • Early tear down is NOT permitted. If you tear down early, you will not be invited to next year’s show. Please be courteous to customers attending the show later in the day.
  • The Show Office is located near the Activity Stage.

EXHIBITOR PARKING

  • Exhibitors should enter the Wisconsin Expo Grounds using GATE 1 (79th & Greenfield Avenue). Halls A and B are located to the north and center of the building.  ARRIVE EARLY if setting up on Saturday.  There are long lines to unload and parking spots are available on a first come first serve basis.  If you arrive late, you may have to park farther away from the hall.  You can always unload your exhibit first and park afterward.
  • Exhibitor’s will be charged a parking fee of $6 per vehicle by the Wisconsin Expo Center. Exhibitor parking is located behind the exhibit hall loading dock and will be manned by a parking attendant on Saturday morning beginning at (time tbd). Unfortunately this fee is non-negotiable by the Wisconsin Expo Center. There is plenty of complimentary parking outside of the State Fair grounds on 84th Street and west as well as south of Greenfield Avenue. Exhibitors should enter the Wisconsin Expo Grounds using GATE 1.

 COMPANION ENTRY AND REQUIREMENTS

  • A companion animal pass MUST be presented for all vendor animals entering the show.
  • Companion Animals are only permitted to enter through the dock doors/Vendor Loading/Unloading.
  • A doggy relief area is located just outside Hall A in the Vendor Loading/Unloading area.
  • Follow this link to print out the 2018 Exhibitor Animal Companion Pass .   You can use one pass for multiple companion animals.  You must present this pass to the ticket taker to enter with an animal that will be shown at your exhibit.
  • Please instruct volunteers/staff arriving throughout the day that companion animals may only be brought in through the Vendor Loading/Unloading.
  • No companion animals will be allowed in the Public Entrance, front halls, where consumers are purchasing tickets.
  • Please use discretion when deciding what animal to bring.  Aggression of any type will not be tolerated.  Animals must be in good health and free of fleas and parasites.  We reserve the right to ask an exhibitor to remove their animal.
  • No ex-pens unless they can fit comfortably within your booth. An ex-pen can be best accommodated with a double booth.
  • No puppies less than 8 weeks (12 weeks strongly encouraged) old.   You may be asked to show proof of age and vaccination history for puppies.  Be prepared to do this.
  • No females in heat.

FACILITY RESTRICTIONS – FOOD, BEVERAGE AND BALLOONS

  • Human Food and Beverage Sales are not Permitted by Wisconsin Expo Center.
  • Candy bars or other snack foods can not be sold on site.
  • No suckers or helium balloons.

VIP Shopping HourPromote your Organization!

We are happy to offer a VIP Shopping Hour to honor the diehard visitors who come to every year to purchase items from our fabulous exhibitors!  Upon entry each VIP shopper will be given a plastic shopping bag and the opportunity to collect items from Vendor VIP Tables displayed inside each entry (West and North).  Bring an item for our visitors! Examples are flyers, brochures, coupons, business cards, small samples, etc.  Items should be taken to the Vendor VIP tables during set-up.  Provide 1 or 2000, it’s up to you!  Please make sure to stop back at the end of the expo to collect remaining items.  Any left behind will be disposed of.  Visitors can purchase VIP Shopping tickets at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3219712.

PRODUCT SHOWCASE

  • If you have a product or service that you would like to have featured in the new product area, we would love to include it!  Submission form – GLPE Product Showcase Donation Form 2018 .
  • Your product or service will be featured in a special area with a product description and your booth number to direct those interested to your booth.
  • Forward your completed donation form now and drop your donation off at the Product Showcase during set-up but no later than 8:30AM on Saturday morning.  Thank you!!

BARK PARK – Puppy Bowl, Bark Park Reservations and Post Adoptable Pets

Want to let your foster dog hang out, play with other dogs, and meet potential suitors?  Have puppies wanting to play in one of three Puppy Bowls?  Wish to reserve a 30 minute time slot in the Bark Park to show off your adoptables?  Email Us Today!

PARADE OF RESCUES

Enter your adoptables in the Parade of Rescues at 12:30pm in the Bark Park.  Please compete the simple form in the link below, bring the pet to the Bark Park by 12:20pm and you are good to go! Hang out after your turn and meet potential adopters.  It’s an easy, extra promo for your rescue or shelter and ultimately the pet.  For entry form and all the details please Click here

WI JUNIOR HEROES FOR ANIMALS – Honoring the next generation of animal lovers

Do you know of a child or young adult that has made the difference in the life of companion animals?  We would like to honor them and this is your chance to nominate an animal loving child or teen!  For complete information, please Click Here.  Sponsored by Badger Rescue Animal Transport Services, Inc.  Deadline for entry is January 25th.  Questions?  Please email BRATSevents@gmail.com Thank you!!

GREAT LAKE PET EXPO ADVERTISING

Please download and share:

Printed flyers and Facebook banners available by sending a request to glpedirector@gmail.com.  Please Like us on Facebook at Great Lakes Pet Expo.  Thanks for helping to spread the word!

LODGING

Quality Inn – Located 7 miles from the WI Exposition Center, the hotel is pet friendly and affordable.  (262) 785-0500.

Holiday Inn Express – Milwaukee West – This pet friendly, newly remodeled hotel is 10-15 minutes from the show.

Forty Winks Inn   Affordable, pet friendly hotel located just 10 minutes from the show. Click here for more information.

Hampton Inn & Suites Milwaukee West – Very nice, new hotel located just across Greenfield Avenue from the Wisconsin Exposition Center.  No pets allowed.