1,200 gear makers at SLC outdoor trade show

Jul 31 2012 - 2:20pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- A Salt Lake City trade show for outdoor retailers is bursting at the seams.

Organizers had to erect two outdoor tents because the Salt Palace Convention Center isn't big enough for 1,200 gear and apparel makers showing off their wares and taking orders from retailers. The block-long tents hold 300 of the exhibitors.

The Outdoor Retailer Show attracts thousands of shopkeepers from around the world. No consumers are allowed inside-- the show is tightly regulated to keep away the merely curious. If they could browse, gear junkies would drool over goods ranging from compact titanium cookware to snow goggles with built-in visual dashboards.

In all, about 27,000 people are attending, up from 25,000 a year ago. The show runs from Thursday to Sunday.



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