Feb. 22–25, 2018 | Greater Columbus Convention Center | Columbus, Ohio

dates & deadlines

Please be aware of and heed the following important dates to ensure a smooth experience from beginning to end.

Booth Selection

June 26–July 9, 2017
Category 1 Exhibitor booth selection

July 10–23, 2017
Category 2 Exhibitor booth selection

July 24–Aug. 6, 2017
Category 3 Exhibitor booth selection

Aug. 7–20, 2017
Category 4 Exhibitor booth selection

Aug. 21, 2017
General exposition reservation opens

Not sure what category you're in? Contact Exhibits Manager Cindi Rains to find out.

Lead Retrieval & Show Decorator Dates

Jan. 23, 2018
Discount price deadline for custom Shepard rentals

Jan. 25, 2018
First day for warehouse deliveries without an additional surcharge

Feb. 1, 2018
Discount price deadline for standard Shepard orders

Feb. 14, 2018
Last day for advance warehouse deliveries without additional surcharge

Feb. 20 2018 (8 a.m.)
Last day for advance warehouse deliveries; please ship directly to the GCCC after today

Feb. 7, 2018
Deadline to order lead retrieval at discounted rates

Feb. 14, 2018
Last day to place online order for lead retrieval

Learn more about shipping
Visit Shepard Exhibitor Service Center
Learn more about lead retreival

Contract Dates & Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2017
Deadline to cancel booth reservation and receive refund less 25% cancellation fee

Dec. 11, 2017
Booth staff registration opens

Jan. 26, 2018
Reserved Booth Fees Due

Feb. 1, 2018
Exhibitor Certificates of Insurance due

Feb. 9, 2018
Pre-Registration Deadline for Exhibitor Badges

Read the Exhibitor Contract

Marketing Deadlines

Oct. 1, 2017
Registration Program Advertising Submission Deadline

Dec. 15, 2017
Deadline to submit mobile app banner art (for full exposure beginning on Jan. 1)

Jan. 15, 2018
On-Site Program Advertising Submission Deadline

Feb. 9, 2018
Deadline to submit mobile app banner art, attendee game, and passport challenges

Learn more about marketing opportunities

Exhibition Schedule

Feb. 20, 2018
Exhibitor Setup: 2 – 8 p.m. (Island Booths only)

Feb. 21, 2018
Exhibitor Setup: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Feb. 22, 2018
Exhibitor Setup: 7 – 10 a.m.
Exhibit Hall Open: 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
*Exclusive Exhibit Hall hours: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 5 – 6 p.m.

Feb. 23, 2018
Exhibit Hall Open: 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
*Exclusive Exhibit Hall hours: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 5 – 6 p.m.

Feb. 24, 2018
Exhibit Hall Open: 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
*Exclusive Exhibit Hall hours: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 5 – 6 p.m.
Exhibitor Move Out: 6 — 10 p.m.

Feb. 25, 2018
Exhibit Hall Closed
Exhibitor Move Out: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.