The large bay doors will close at 9:30am on Sat and 10:30am on Sunday (no exceptions). You can still load in through the normal back doors until the show starts.
The Check-in table at at the load-in dock will close at 10am. After that you will need to come to the Help Desk in the lobby for assistance. Reminder, if you are not on time there is no guarantee you will be issued a space so please be on time.
All booth assignments are labeled TBA (To Be Announced) until the end of check-in. We will no longer be posting the exact booth numbers until check-in.
The biggest reason for this is that most cancellations occur in the final 2 weeks before the show. Causing us to move things around repeatedly behind the scenes.
When someone cancels, we don’t add the next person from the wait list into the open spots, since that just seems really unfair to those that signed up early. (Seriously, If you found out someone signed up a few days ago and got a front row spot you’d be understandably upset).
Instead, when someone cancels, everyone will “MOVE UP” to fill the empty slot. Then, any wait list exhibitors will fill in at the end of the line. Simple and incredibly fair.
Once at the show, you will receive your booth number, which will be THE BEST up-to-the-minute spot.
At the rear of the Virginia Beach Convention Center (marked above with red star) is a security booth. They will let you in to the loading area.
Rear of Hall B and C there is a check in table for you to sign in and begin setup. During setup you can have any help you like.
On Saturday morning you will receive your wristbands and they must be worn for the duration of the show.
Once you are loaded in (not fully set-up but you have your materials in the building) you must move your vehicle out of the loading zone and into the parking lot.
The staff will show you to your spaces. All spaces are marked and NOT to be moved. As a reminder, the floor managers and volunteers are there to help but are prohibited from bringing in your supplies or working your booth. Be sure to bring any carts, dollies, or load-in help you may need to set-up.
No call/no shows will not be eligible to attend next year’s show.
If you message us saying you can’t make it and we can find a replacement in time, you get a 50% refund, so it’s in your best interests to let us know you can’t make it.
We understand that there may be traffic or some kind of emergency that keeps you from getting to the show on time. If this happens you can not enter through the front doors of the show. You will need to go to the back of the hall and let a guard know to get one of the staff.
Your exhibitor space includes 2 Wristbands. We know you may need different folks on different days, etc.
You can purchase up to two more wristbands per exhibit space ($20 a piece, Max of 2) when you check in on Saturday.
Any additional passes after that can be purchased for full price. PLEASE NOTE: You cannot purchase extra badges, just wristbands.
LOST/SNAPPED/BROKEN wristbands can be replaced at $20 a piece. We encourage you to not lose, snap, or break your wristbands.
ELECTRICITY and WIFI:
If you need electricity or Wifi services you can purchase it here
-No Outside Food Or Drink.
-No Parking in the Load In Zone. Once you have unloaded you must move your vehicle or they will tow you.
-Take ALL trash with you when you leave. Any spaces not left clean will be subject to a fine from the convention center.
-No Adult Materials.
-No Bootleg merch.
If you are caught breaking these rules by the venue, they will eject you from the event without refund.
VENDOR SPACE IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Exhibitor Spaces are 10×10 and can not be “nudged out” for additional space.
Meaning, plan accordingly to give yourself room to walk in and out. Don’t box yourself in with tables. If you encroach into another exhibitors space or into the walkways you will be removed from the event without refund.
You can build UP with your displays to 15ft. But they MUST be secured. If anything falls on yourself or anyone attending the event, any injury or damage will be your responsibility.
ARTIST ALLEY REMINDERS
Artist Alley Spaces are not 10x10s. You are given one table, two chairs, two passes, and have some space (typically 2 ft behind you for signage, etc.)
We REQUIRE enough space behind Artist Alley exhibitors for other exhibitors to move easily in and out of the area as needed.
Table Splitting is not allowed. Each table should be for one creator and one assistant only.
No more than 2 people behind your table at any time. If you have a friend that wants to sit with you they can swap with your assistant, etc. But at no time should you overcrowd your space.
There are to be NO giant displays, large racks, shelving units, behind you.
At our last event we got a lot of complaints from other artists about folks going outside the limitations of what Artist Alley is supposed to be. So we are asking everyone to fully follow the guidelines at all times, be kind to your neighbors, and considerate of the show.
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