The 4th Annual Outdoor Economy Conference (OEC), “Stewards of Opportunity,” will be an in person multi-day event held in Cherokee, NC on October 12th-15th, 2021. The convening includes a broad range of stakeholders, catalyzes meaningful action, and showcases WNC as the leading region for outdoor industry on the East Coast.
This year’s Conference includes a 16,000sf Expo Hall; many categories of Sponsors receive Expo Booth spaces as part of their sponsorship packages, and we also offer standalone Exhibitor / Vendor registration as well. Below, you’ll find a brief overview of the 2021 Outdoor Economy Conference topics, the kinds of organizations and businesses we encourage to apply as exhibitors, a quick overview of the conference schedule, and a detailed walkthrough of the exhibitor guidelines for the event.
Four key topics will be covered at this year’s OEC, thereby driving the audience at the event:
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].
We are actively programming the Expo Hall 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. Please respect the programming in the Expo Hall’s theater area, and minimize conversations and noise at your booth during those times so all attendees are able to enjoy the in-Expo Hall programming like our Kickoff and Plenary Sessions.
Individualized load-in times to be determined by exhibitors and Conference staff after exhibitor registration is completed
See full schedule at the Outdoor Economy Conference website.
*IMPORTANT: Hours of Operation subject to change prior to conference. The final schedule will be distributed to all exhibitors by October 11, 2021.
Please review the following information about the Exhibitor / Vendor 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 September 3, 2021. The Selection Committee will review exhibitor applications on an ongoing basis, as received, and exhibitors will be notified no later than September 10, 2021.
The Selection Committee will select exhibitors and provide notification by no later than September 10, 2021. All fees are due by September 24, 2021. 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.
Expo Load-In: Tuesday, 10/12, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm EDT
Expo Load-Out: Friday, 10/15, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT
If you will be having out-of-state production company tractor trailers making a delivery to The Cherokee Convention Center, please note that there are no parking facilities for these trailers on property. Please communicate with Melissa Scheiderer ([email protected]) if arrangements need to be made. If you are not able to load-in/-out during these times and require special accommodations, please contact Melissa Scheiderer ([email protected]).
All materials shipped to the CONVENTION PACKAGE CENTER must have the following information on the shipping label:
The Cherokee Convention Center
Attention: Jennifer Rose, Convention Services Manager
Outdoor Economy Conference, 10/12/21
123 Harrah’s Service Drive
Cherokee, NC 28719
Booths are limited and spaces are filling fast so if you are interested in exhibiting at the 2021 Outdoor Economy Conference, apply today!