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Vendors work long days leading up to Garden Show

Posted at 4:33 PM, Mar 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-07 17:33:47-05

The Greater Tulsa Home and Garden Show will open it's doors Thursday Mar. 10 at 5:00 p.m. and more than 500 exhibitors will fill the River Spirit Expo to offer goods and services for the people of Tulsa.

Although the many vendors use the four day event to attract new business, hundreds of companies put forth heavy resources to construct attractive booths that will generate attention from potential clients.

2016 Chair of the Home and Garden Show, Janet Holt, says organizations book space months in advance because of the potential business the show generates.

“We've done this so many years that a lot of people want to be in the show. We do limit the types of business. We can't have more than so many safe rooms or more than so many hot tube companies, so some people will be disappointed they didn't get in,” Holt said.

Vendors who have purchased larger spaces have an opportunity to enter the expo center early and create booths and displays from scratch.

Pools, hot tubes, patios, kitchens, and much more can be found within the exhibit and due to little time companies can work as long as 15 hour days to prepare for the start of the show.

Organizers spend months preparing for the construction of the event and rely on organizations to have deadlines of their own in order to help all the vendors transition smoothly.

“The planning started at least a year ago. We started planning what we were going to do this year and it's been many meetings with about 100 volunteers, who without the volunteers we couldn't do this,” Holt said.   

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