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Outtakes for February 2009

Ever so often we come across something that kind of fits outside the “booth”, trade show category. We’ve decided at the end of each month to add a section called “Outtakes” for lack of a better word. This month we have 2 winners.

1st we have something from a walk though here in Vegas. The Rivera hotel has a few small shows like Pro DJ, Bingo World (which is unusual since there is no bingo hall at the Riv) and Tranny Rebuilds which is not a RuPaul makeover. As we were walking though to go to the ProDJ expo last week, I spied this crew all seated around a table. I asked if I could snap a pic of them with my cell. They complied. I asked them why they were here and was told that a group of them were all Santa for Macy’s and Gimble’s (now defunct) and they get together in Vegas every year for the last 15 years. So if you want to know what happens to Santa in the off season, come to Vegas:
There is a convention for everything

This next picture I entitled “Gene Simmons goes to World AG.” Ever watch his reality show “Family Jewels?” One episode was centered around him bonding with his son Nick as well as checking on one of his investments in farm that extracts bull semen and sell it to farmers that want to impregnate their cows. Part of it was him actually doing the extraction himself and when he found out that the little vial he was holding was worth in excess of 200K — he was very happy. After I snapped this picture, I laughed to myself thinking that perhaps he did a little bit of stump breaking while there. — The readers who are farmers will know what I mean.

Gene Simmon's Tongue

And that’s the outtakes for February.

ARA 2009: Going Green at ARA

This was a great reuse of glass and the colors were fabulous. A great way to take a material used for one thing and recreate it into something else.

Recycled Wood Award Plaques
Likewise taking reclaimed wood and remaking it into plaques etc.

Digital Signage 2009: Smaller Show but Bigger Opportunities

Since the explosion of LED and extended battery life, companies have been moving over to Digital Signage. Everything from large jumbotrons like the ones at Fremont street to the small kiosks that delivery mapping information on city streets. This year was very subdued since what drives all business is NEW business. Quite a bit of talk about recycling and upselling the current product lines. Since photography was prohibited, we had to snap a few off the phone.

Ribbon Cutting 2009
Ribbon Cutting with Elvis & Show Girl

Show Floor

Opening Day show floor.

Fashion Show gathering

Gathering to see Signs in Action @ Fashion Show Mall.

Awards & Recognition Association 2009: Welcome

Welcome to ARA

Originally uploaded by Doc Holly

This is a 3 day trade show event that showcases everything from little ribbons with #1 on them to 6 ft tall “loving cups.”

Every industry was covered as well from sports teams, to employee recognition to the 5 yr old who made it all the way through kindergarten.

As for the last 2 months of shows, there were more vendors than there were attendees. Even the lure of the cheaper and faster engraving equipment coupled with record low hotel rooms, couldn’t get retailers to head to Vegas.

There were some very clever new samples there, showing the resilient and creativity of the American public and will soon be knocked off cheaper and faster but with weird colors else where.

OT: someone needs to introduce the emerging markets to the PMS color chart, btw.

All in all it was a pretty interesting show and quite frankly I am horrified at what one vendor told me he’d paid just for a 10×10 booth.

World AG 2009: Tulare California

In our endeavors we are asked to attend various conventions and trade shows that otherwise one wouldn’t think would fall under our umbrella. Such was the case of the World Agricultural Expo 2009. Realizing that feeding the world in a new and different manner is much like spreading information with Web 2.0. The concept seems easy but the logistics and mechanics of it are much more complicated, as anyone who updates their Facebook, Twitter or the now passé Myspace will tell you. The methodology has changed drastically in the last 8 years. We now know to feed the world we must share our knowledge and open our minds to learn from those farmers and fishermen who have found ways to overcome drought, floods and the harshest of conditions. It was a very eyeopening experience for me, a city girl.

Computer operated milking machine that is so sensitive it knows when the “udders” are empty.

Teach a man to fish… this older farmer was talking corn planting techniques to these 2 agricultural officials from Ghana. Did you know that you should rotate how you plant the corn every 2 years in order to get maximum usage of the field? It is even suggested that for every 10 rows of corn you plant 2 rows of soy beans or some other low bearing crop that would replenish the ground and not suck as many nutrients out?? I never knew that –even though the thought of growing corn in Central Park made me giggle.

Whoa Bossy
I come face to face with Bossy. or is it Clarabelle?? Either way it was a fun experience and while I was STRESSED out over going in the first place, turns out I learned much more than I anticipated.

“The fight to save family farms isn’t just about farmers. It’s about making sure that there is a safe and healthy food supply for all of us. It’s about jobs, from Main Street to Wall Street. It’s about a better America.” — Willie Nelson, American Singer and Songwriter.

Thanks to Charlie and Clifton who were mucking around with me. As soon as Charlie sends me the “cow that ate the hat pic” I’ll put it up too.

WPPI 2009: Camera Booths

WPPI 2009: Kubota Man

Kubota Man @ WPPI

Originally uploaded by Itinerant

Sometimes you just have to post 1 picture that really says it all. This guy was probably some big gaming executive 6 months ago or perhaps he was a wizard of Wall Street and we all know how that went. Now he’s “Kubota Man” forced to display his package for all to see. Kudos to him for having the uh balls to display his jewels for the world to see.