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The National Country & Crafts Show

Urban Expositions will launch a new semi-annual trade show for the country and crafts industry in 2009. The National Country & Crafts Show will debut at the new Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks in Oaks, PA, February 7-10, 2009.

Bringing the industry's top names and up-and-coming companies together under one roof at the largest expo center in the suburban Philadelphia metro area, this new event will offer a convenient, cost-effective and comprehensive product resource for retailers throughout the nation.

"We're launching this show in direct response to industry demand, " explains Doug Miller, president of Urban Expositions, producers of the Philadelphia Gift Show and other gift, souvenir and textile trade events held around the country. "The country industry has needed an easily accessible exhibition facility sized to meet the substantial product assortment demands of a national buying audience. With its convenient Northeast location, area amenities, and ability to easily accommodate more than 1000 booths, the new Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks has given us the opportunity to launch a show that meets all of these needs. More important, the facility's size, and the fact that we've been able to secure dates indefinitely, help ensure that the show is well-positioned for future growth."

Located in the heart of Pennsylvania's thriving Montgomery County, the new Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks has provided the perfect replacement for Pennsylvania's former Fort Washington Expo Center, which was home to a variety of trade and consumer shows before it closed in 2006. Easily accessible to retailers from throughout the vibrant Mid-Atlantic and Tri-State areas, this convenient site also provides an ideal drive or fly-in destination for retailers across the nation.

Expected to feature more than 700 booths at its debut edition in February, the National Country & Crafts Show will offer a tremendous selection on one level at the new center. Making it easy for buyers to work the show and find resources quickly, the single level also promises easy move-in and move-out access for exhibitors. Product categories will include: Americana, antiques, apparel, baskets, books, candles, collectibles, dolls, dried florals, folk art, furniture, garden, greetings/social stationery, handcrafted items, jewelry, lighting, USA-made products, metal/iron, potpourri, pottery, primitives, quilts, textiles, toys and much more.

In addition, Cash & Carry will be a key component of the National Country & Crafts Show. Unlike other industry shows where Cash & Carry is available on a different day or in a different location, this important show feature will give buyers the chance to explore one-of-a-kind crafts and mass produced products on opening day, in a specially designated area on the same floor as order-writing merchandise.

The new National Country & Crafts Show gives buyers the chance to explore a comprehensive product resource in a cost-effective way. Just minutes from the King of Prussia mall area, the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks is surrounded by a wide variety of hotels and restaurants. Thousands of free, on-site show parking spaces, discounted hotels with complimentary shuttle service to and from the show, and a host of other amenities promise to keep buying trip costs down.

Together, the tremendous selection and easily accessibility are expected to attract a national buying audience, including antique, gift, country and souvenir shops, furniture and home accents retailers, department and chain stores, mail order/catalog buyers, social stationery/greetings retailers, garden/nursery retailers, interior designers, and other independent and specialty stores from around the country.



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