The organizer(s) seemed to spend a LOT more time on advertising this show to vendors than to the community in the Okanagan. Attendee numbers were never revealed, but I am guessing there were approximately 80 for the entire weekend. They were estimating 3000. The vendors outnumbered the attendees, no one knew about this show and no one came. It was held in an indoor soccer field, it was SOOO challenging to roll our stuff across the fake grass. There was no food or drink allowed in there, so we had to leave our tables and eat in the cafeteria area if we were hungry or thirsty. I felt really sorry for the people who travelled from out of town (especially out of province) to attend this, they all lost money. I miraculously managed to make back table cost, but I know I was in the minority. The organizers seemed pretty cheerful and very nice but obviously we all come there to make money. Tables were fairly expensive for a first-year show that no one came to. From what I hear there won't be another of these shows.
May 8, 2016, 8:54 pm
For the weekend of October 17 & 18th, 2015 I was an artist at the Kelowna Entertainment Expo, which is provided by the same people who organize the Lethbridge Expo in southern Alberta. Here’s a review of my experience with it’s first year!
My process usually begins with an email and an application. I sent mine in on Sept 16th, and had to send a second email a week later before a response was given. It’s a common thing with first-year cons, but this con is managed by experienced people. I can’t say for certain who was speaking with me, because their signature was simply “KEE” and their email is “Monkey Bone” (which I will refrain from making a comment about). The prices for their vendors seem pretty high for a first year but I’m ignoring the cost because they run another con, for now.