If you are serious about the business of paintball, this is the show you can't miss. This tradeshow is for field, and store owners and staff only. Unlike a paintball show at World Cup (endless dry firing, none of that happens here), this is were the business of paintball is conducted. This is B2B.
This years event is near Washington DC, at the Hyatt Regency Dulles, with free airport shuttle service. This is the location of the last 3 events too.
The exhibitors list will be released shortly, but generally all the big names are there and lots of new products and services. Food, Haunt, techicial, management birthday classes too.
The Industry luncheon has grown and is great to give feedback to the manufactures.
I attended the 1st one in 2005 in Springfield Il, and have attended most of the others, including Atlanta GE, and Anahiem CA. The Washington DC location allows 60% of the USA population to be within 10 hour drive to DC, plus the location allows the vendors to be able to pay less to attend, unlike the big centers like Las Vegas, Chicago, and such with unload fees doubling the price of a booth.
Here are some pictures from the Feb. 21-25, 2016 Paintball Extravaganza. I had Robbie Gage come with me. Robbie ran around the tradeshow trying to look at everything, which takes me 2 days, but he did the first run through in a hour, but he needed to come back and get some details. Seeing old friends always is amazing. The tradeshow runs 2 1/2 days (Tuesday - Thursday Noonish). The welcome party Tuesday night is always fun. The bar/lounge has many stories and good information sharing all week. Wednesday is the Industry Luncheon, which is not to be missed. There is a little Sandwich Shop next door (just ask anybody and they will point your way over there, as it's kind of hidden away), that has great food during the morning and day, for very reasonable prices. And on Thursday you must be present to win the door prizes. In Anaheim CA, I was number 13 drawn from the drum, and everybody before me left and missed it. Around $3,000 worth of merchandise was my prize. Paid for the trip. I won a small prize in Washington DC, at the Convention Center, which was nice too. The tour of Pev's Paintball on Friday is always good, I've been there 3 times and I always learn something new each time. Washington DC is built for tourists, so there is lots to see and do, if you stay a day or 2 longer. Lots of Museums, I love the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center | National Air and Space Museum at the airport. We also had supper in Chinatown, that was fantastic.
Day 1 - Tradeshow and Evening Welcome Party
Day 2 - Birthday Classes and Industry Luncheon
Day 3 - Friends Day, Classes and Waiting for the Winner (must be present) of the massive door prizes (I've won 2)
Day 4 - Tour of Pev's Paintball - awesome field and store http://pevspaintball.com/
Day 5 - Toured the Washington DC Mall with Robbie
George Lewko PAg, is a Professional Agrologist, with a certificate in Forensic Agrology. He grew up on his farm, and started Paintball Paradise Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1994. A combine accident left him with only his thumb on his right hand in 1997.