The 5th Annual Outdoor Economy Conference (OEC), will be an in person multi-day event held in Cherokee, NC on September 18th – 21st, 2023. The convening brings together and builds intentional connections amongst stakeholders from across the outdoor economy; catalyzes meaningful action and sparks collaborations; and showcases WNC as the leading region for outdoor industry on the East Coast.
This year’s Conference includes a 16,000sf Expo Hall, sharing a larger ~34,000sf room with our Main Stage and gathering area where meals are served; Conference Sponsors receive Expo Booth spaces as part of their sponsorship packages, and we also offer standalone Exhibitor Registration as well.
We will be actively programming the Expo Hall and adjacent Main Stage area to allow opportunities for you and your staff to enjoy the content as much as possible, and make the most of the many dedicated times when we are sending people to the Expo. We will ask that all exhibitors minimize conversations and noise at booths during main stage event times so all attendees are able to enjoy the programming there, like our Kickoff and Plenary Sessions.
Outdoor Economy Organizations who represent any part of the outdoor economy and its value chain, whose mission, business and organization is to promote, provide support for, enable, or provide equipment for the outdoor industry. Examples include:
Professional Service Providers such as Consultants, Media, PR, Legal and other Corporate Partners who want to support the Outdoor Industry.
If you would like to be a conference exhibitor but do not feel that you fit into one of the above categories, or have any questions, please contact: Melissa Scheiderer, [email protected].
Individualized load-in times to be determined by exhibitors and Conference staff after exhibitor registration is completed
BOOTHS OPEN at 4pm
BOOTHS OPEN before and after program
*IMPORTANT: Hours of Operation subject to change prior to conference. The final schedule will be distributed to all exhibitors in advance.
Please review the following information about the Exhibitor selection process and operating guidelines, and once you’ve done so, apply here for your booth space.
All Exhibitor Applications must be received no later than August 12, 2023. The Selection Committee will review exhibitor applications on an ongoing basis, as received, and exhibitors will be notified no later than August 20, 2023.
The Selection Committee will select exhibitors and provide notification on a rolling basis, with final decisions/communications provided by no later than August 20th, 2023. All fees are due no later than August 30th, 2022. All vendors and exhibitors must comply with State of North Carolina sales tax and Business License regulations, City Building and fire regulations, and those terms defined by the Health Department. The OEC reserves the right of approval for the exhibition unit. The OEC reserves the right to deny entry to organizations or to classify them in the category we determine is most fitting.
Once approved, exhibitors will receive a registration payment link, and once payment is made, a detailed packet of exhibitor information will be provided.
Booths are limited and spaces are filling fast so if you are interested in exhibiting at the 5th Annual Outdoor Economy Conference, apply today!