Paddlesports Retailer 2019 Registration Information

Paddlesports Retailer, the official national trade show of the paddlesports industry, opened registration via email for returning exhibitors on Monday, January 28, offering booth preference priority for exhibitors in the hall and at Demo Day in the order exhibitors register. Registration for other exhibitors opens on Monday, February 4 and retailer registration opens on February 11.

Paddlesports Retailer will remain in Oklahoma City, OK, for 2019 and 2020. The show will take place from August 26 to August 29, 2019. In 2020, the event will occur August 31 through to September 3.

Paddlesports Retailer general manager Charles Conner announced new perks for exhibitors in 2019, some of which are based on exhibitor feedback from the post-show surveys, including:

  • The show is subsidizing drayage to a flat $60 per hundred-weight for both advanced and direct shipments, which could save some exhibitors as much as 35 percent on drayage and materials handling
  • There will be free, nearby surface parking for exhibitor trucks and trailers
  • And free Wi-Fi internet access for exhibitors and retailers

Paddlesports Retailer 2019 Show Schedule

Demo Day will kick off the 2019 show on Monday, August 26, followed by two-and-a-half exhibition days in the Cox Convention Center Exhibit Hall.

“Our first year in Oklahoma City was amazing. Both exhibitors and retailers told us the Demo Day at Riversport Adventure Park was the most successful demo in the industry’s history. In post-show surveys and interviews, attendees raved about the convenience of the hotels and restaurants in Oklahoma City and said the community welcomed everyone with enthusiasm. We’re proud to be back for two more years,” said Conner.

Representing paddlesports manufacturers, Bill Kueper, Vice President of Wenonah Canoe concurred: “The OKC location and the packed event schedule really delivered. Ninety-four percent of attending retailers indicated they plan to return for the 2019 show. That’s phenomenal. Paddlesports Retailer has established itself over the past two years and shows great potential going into 2019.”

The show’s second year—and first in Oklahoma City—drew more than 500 buyers representing over 230 individual retail stores. Show organizers expect attendance to grow in the coming years as momentum builds and attendees spread the word about the demo site, OKC’s convenient accommodations and restaurants, and the collection of paddlesports-specific exhibitors.

Bricktown Brewery
Kick-off Party – Bricktown Brewery

New for this year are two additional social events, a Kick-Off Party on Sunday, August 25th at the nearby Bricktown Brewery, and an After-Hours Gathering on Tuesday, August 27th, presented by American Whitewater at TapWerks Ale House–also an easy walk from the Cox Convention Center.

After-hours Gathering – TapWerks

The events are intended to give all show attendees additional networking opportunities and to bolster the show’s social calendar. According to show General Manager Charles Conner, retailers and exhibitors both wanted more networking opportunities and considered social events a critical part of their show plans. “Attendees ranked networking events the third most important show element, besides the core events in the exhibition hall and the demo day.”

Adding the events also serves another important function, it makes the show more enjoyable. “An important characteristic of our show is that it’s fun. For our retailers these may be the only summer days they’ll spend out of their shops, and it’s important that they’re able to enjoy themselves while doing business at Paddlesports Retailer” asserted Conner.

Other notable changes to the schedule include starting Demo Day earlier on Monday, and holding the flatwater and whitewater demos in succession rather than simultaneously. These changes are expected to give retailers more time to explore and use products and to provide exhibitors a more focused and efficient Demo Day experience, as Monday is also the second day of exhibitor installation.

Also noteworthy, the show will end earlier on Thursday. The new Thursday hours are 8am to 1pm. Last year the show ended at 3pm. Conner explained, “Exhibitors should still have time to schedule a range of appointments on Thursday, but they’ll also have time to break down their booths and start heading home for their Labor Day weekend plans.”

This year’s schedule changes reflect the show organizers’ emphasis on post-show surveys and attendees’ feedback. These changes resulted from almost 250 post-show surveys from exhibitors, attending retailers and even retailers who were unable to attend the event.

Day Date Description
Wednesday May 1 First Draft of Exhibit Hall Floorplan Published
Saturday June 1 Submission Deadline for Retailer Reservations—for Full Lodging Reimbursement
Registration Deadline for Exhibitors to Receive Free Basic Booth Packages
(10x10s & 10x20s only)
Thursday August 1 Submission Deadline for Retailer Reservations—for 1/2 Lodging Reimbursement
Final Exhibitor Hall Floorplan Released
Sunday August 25 Exhibitor Installation 1pm to 11pm
Direct Shipments Received at Exhibition Site 8am to 10pm
Kick-Off Party / Early Check-In at Bricktown Brewery 6pm to 10pm
Monday August 26 Exhibitor Installation 8am to 11pm
Direct Shipments Received at Exhibition Site 8am to 11pm
Demo Day Flatwater Event at Riversport Rapids Noon to 4pm
Demo Day Whitewater Event at Riversport Rapids 5pm to 9pm
New Product Showcase
Tuesday August 27 Industry Breakfast Featuring Guest Speaker: 7:30am-9am
Exhibition Day One 9am to 5pm
Educational Programming & Seminars 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm
New Product Showcase
Exhibitor Sponsored In-Hall Happy Hour 4pm
Exhibitor Sponsored In-Hall Happy Hour 5pm
After-Hours Get Together Presented by American Whitewater:
TapWerks Ale House 7pm to 9:30pm
Wednesday August 28 Industry Breakfast Featuring Guest Speaker: 7:30am-9am
Exhibition Day Two 9am to 5pm
Educational Programming & Seminars 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm
New Product Showcase
Exhibitor Sponsored In-Hall Happy Hour 4pm
Paddling Magazine Industry Awards and Reception:
Convention Center Ballroom 5pm
Thursday August 29 Exhibition Day Three 8am to 1pm
Educational Programming & Seminars 9am to 12pm
Exhibitor Dismantle 1pm to 11pm


About Paddlesports Retailer

Paddlesports Retailer is the national trade show of the paddlesports industry, endorsed by the Paddlesports Trade Coalition. The show provides exclusive on-water demo opportunities, an expansive marketplace and an unsurpassed cultural experience for exhibitors, retailers, media and industry advocates alike. For more information, visit or contact


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