With the loss of the nation’s largest outdoor industry congregation, something was set to replace Denver.
Called the Big Gear Show, it promises to showcase the latest and greatest products in the world of hiking, cycling, camping, climbing and boating, paired with (e)revolution, a gathering place for e-bike manufacturers, retailers and riders. increase.
The two shows will take place at the Colorado Convention Center this summer, in what organizers call the first event of its kind to invite a general audience. In June, there are 2 days for traders and the next 2 days for the “consumer festival.”
This is unlike Outdoor Retailer, which has reserved venues for businesses, non-profits and media for the past five years. The show will return to Salt Lake City in 2023.
When envisioning the 2020 Big Gear Show, “we envisioned it taking place in an accessible central city location designed to incorporate product demonstrations and consumer engagement,” said the show’s director. , Kenji Haroutunian said in a news release. “Now our original vision has come true.”
Conner Hall, director of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Office in Colorado, said his vision is coming to life, too. When the outdoor retailer announced it was leaving the state in the spring, he expressed hopes for a more “consumer-facing” show. , claiming to have generated more than $100 million in local economic impact.)
In the release, Hall called the Big Gear Show and (e)revolution concepts “future-proof”, stating “We want Colorado to continue to be a national leader in outdoor recreation and a gathering place for the industry.” It is an important effort to ensure that
The timing might be bold, as it’s set for four days starting June 8th. That’s two weeks before him at Outdoor Retailer.
“We recognize that early June is a busy time for the industry,” said Haroutunian. I feel it,” he said.