Black Hills Stock Show: Trade show kicks off with vendor bingo
January 20, 2011
New to the Black Hills Stock Show (BHSS) this year will be a vendor bingo night to kick-off the 10-day trade show. The trade opens Thursday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m., a day earlier than normal. “Historically, we have opened the trade show on Friday at 10 a.m.,” says Pam Teller, trade show coordinator. “This year, we decided to open the evening before and host something fun for the vendors. It is also a great way for the public to come out and visit the trade show in a relaxed atmosphere.”
Vendor bingo will be held from 5-9 p.m. The public can pick up a bingo card at the BHSS office, then visit with vendors to fill their card. If they get a bingo, they can turn the card into the office, where they will be registered for a drawing at 8 p.m. for vendor bucks. Teller says $3,000-$4,000 will be awarded that evening in vendor bucks, in increments of $50 to $400. Winners can redeem their vendor bucks at the trade show throughout the week.
The trade show once again sold out. This year, 260 vendors are participating in the 10-day event. Although many of the vendors are returning from last year, several new vendors will be attending for the first time.
Vendors at the show bring everything from cattle chutes, portable barns and livestock equipment to clothing, jewelry and housewares. Among new vendors will be a soft-sided hot tub company, a gun safe company, new and used furs, and quality knife sets.
Teller says a vendor will also be coming who builds home accessories and furniture with scrap metal. Another vendor will display customized items for inside the home he makes from concrete. Teller says she also has a vendor bringing a whole line of good, solid work boots for ranchers, while another will display a line of high-end recliners with massage units.
Teller encourages the public to take time to visit the trade show. “There is truly something for everyone. I am very excited about the diversity we will have at this year’s show,” she says. “We receive a lot of interest, and it is a luxury to be able to pick and choose from new vendors that have such nice items to offer. We always have more applications than what we have space for. The new vendors help keep the show new and fresh.”