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20th Annual Made in Montana Tradeshow to Feature 154 Small Businesses

Public showcase day begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 24

Thursday, March 22, 2018/Categories: Market MT, Made in Montana

Vendors and wholesale buyers connect during the Made in Montana Tradeshow.

More than 650 small business owners and wholesale buyers will gather in Helena Friday and Saturday for the 20th annual Made in Montana Tradeshow for Food and Gifts.

The craftspeople, food producers, artists and entrepreneurs will sell their authentic Montana-made products on Friday to more than 500 wholesale buyers who are stocking their store shelves for the busy summer tourist season.

“Visitors to Montana seek out authentic Made in Montana products,” Montana Department of Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote said. “And Montanans take great pride in showcasing their innovative products to buyers and members of the public who get a sneak-peek at new Montana-made goods.”

Out-of-state visitors spend more than $3.3 billion in Montana, and more than $78 million of that was spent specifically on products promoted as Made in Montana.

On Saturday, the tradeshow will open its doors early to members of the public. Admission is free, and doors will open at 8:30 a.m.

This year, 44 new vendors are participating in the tradeshow. Plus, the Native American Made Pavilion will include five small businesses.

A complete list of Made in Montana tradeshow exhibitors can be found here.

TRADESHOW DETAILS

                Buyers Only | Friday, March 23, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

                Open to the public | Saturday, March 24, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

          *Free admission*

                Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall | Helena, Mont.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY

                Media Availability | Friday, March 23, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

                Made in Montana Retailer of the Year Awards | Friday, March 23, 6:15 p.m.–8 p.m.

                Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall | Helena, Mont.

These events are closed to the public but open to credentialed media. Please RSVP to Emilie Ritter Saunders and check in at the registration desk for access to the show floor.

 

 
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