2025 Exhibitor Kit

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Show Management

Marketplace Events
2000 Auburn Dr. Ste 200
Beachwood, OH 44122
Tel: 612-225-2334

Bruce Evans, Show Manager
Email: brucee@mpeshows.com
Tel: 612-209-4593

Show Venue

Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Main Phone: 612-335-6000

Electricity, Water and Booth Cleaning - ordering information and link - see Utilities
Marshalling Yard parking passes (while supplies last) also available through MCC (see Utilities)

Internet/Phone at MCC
Smart City Networks
5795 W. Badura Ave. Ste 110
Las Vegas, NV 89118
Tel: 888-446-6911

Ordering information and link - see Utilities

Decorator

Fern Expo
Jessica Mulheron
jmulheron@fernexpo.com
Tel: 800.774.1251x1

Carpet and table rental, shipping services, and other booth services - Ordering information and link - see Decorator Services

 

2025 Show Hours

 

Wednesday, March 512:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, March 612:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday, March 710:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday, March 810:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday, March 910:00am - 6:00pm


Exhibitors may enter the show floor one hour prior to show open each day.

Show Office: Show Management will maintain a show office during all hours of move in, show days, and move out, Located in Lobby D. The phone number will be 612-330-3001.

Will Call and Exhibitor Check-in: On Show Days there will be a welcome office for Will Call and Exhibitor Badge pick up, located just outside the show office in Lobby D.


Show Guide Advertising
MPLS.ST.PAUL Magazine
salessupport@mspmag.com

 

INNOVATION AVENUE

Does your company have an innovative product or service? If so, we want to hear about it and possibly include in our Innovation Avenue feature for the show. Limited availability - form coming soon.

 

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EXHIBITOR FORMS & IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Forms (click link below to open form and for more information)

Certificate of Compliance Form /ST19 - REQUIRED BY ALL EXHIBITORS  

  • All exhibitors selling retail MUST have a Minnesota Sales Tax Identification Number.  If you have questions before you are able to complete the ST19 Certificate of Compliance Form, contact the Dept. of Revenue at 651-282-5225 with your questions or to register.  Additional assistance is available at 651-296-6181.  www.revenue.state.mn.us
  • Even if you are NOT selling, the form is required by the Revenue Department for their records. You will be able to mark your status accordingly.
  • Review 2024 documents from the Convention Center regarding food sales and sampling rules = 2025 Forms coming soon!
    Food and Beverage Sales Rules - SAMPLING RULES
  • Food and Beverage vendors/sampling - PLEASE READ - general process including permits
  • Drawings and Giveaways - Drawings must be pre-approved by show management and be completed before show closing.
  • Sign Order Form - only needed if you want your standard 7"x44" booth sign to read differently than what is on your booth space contract.

 

Dates & Deadlines:

  • final payments are due no later than February 15, 2025. Penalties for non-payment include loss of space and monies paid for the space.
  • Operator Certificate of Compliance (linked above) is due from EVERY exhibitor by Tuesday, March 4, 2025.
  • Discounted rate deadlines for Decorator Services: February 7, 2025.
  • Advanced shipping to Fern Expo (ordered and paid in advance) dates January 31 - February 26, 2025.
  • Shipping to show site (through Fern Expo) dates TBD.
  • Discounted rate deadlines for Electric through MCC: February 19, 2025.
  • Food and Beverage permits must be completed with the health department by February 17, 2025. 


Rules for all participants:

Smoking
Smoking in any form is prohibited in the Minneapolis Convention Center. Anyone caught smoking in the MCC by the Fire Inspector will be tagged and removed from the facility for the day.

Alcohol
No alcohol may be consumed on show site other than during designated times and locations and/or on posted signage by the venue management. Alcohol consumption is strictly forbidden during al move-in and move-out hours. Additionally, the use or distribution of illegal drugs is strictly forbidden. Any persons, including exhibitors, service providers, employees, attendees, or anyone else working at or attending the show that does not comply with this policy will be removed from the show and credentials (where applicable) revoked.

Animals/Pets
Animals/pets are not permitted in the MCC without express prior approval of Show Management and MCC management, including move-in and move-out. Exceptions are always made for seeing-eye dogs, registered support dogs.

Politics
Marketplace Events (MPE) does not permit political candidates, political parties, or other groups promoting issues or ballot initiatives to participate as exhibitors or sponsors. In addition, the display or sale of any products or services, including the dissemination of informational material, that is political/partisan in nature or that can be interpreted to promote, incite, or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual, or religious intolerance, are prohibited. MPE maintains these policies to ensure a welcoming environment for all attendees and exhibitors.

 

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Booth Guidelines, Regulations, and Tips

Our top priority is to produce a quality event. Two important aspects to doing this are maintaining the visual integrity of the show and creating an atmosphere where all exhibitors can do business. The following Rules and Regulations help us to maintain these aspects.

Booth Design and Construction

Drape and Height

  • Booth rental comes with 8’ high back drape and (2) two 3’ high side drape, one for each side of the booth (all draping is black).
  • Nothing is to be pinned or stapled to drape – “S” hooks are available through Fern.
  • Exhibit tables, stands, displays, etc. may extend forward all 10’ from the rear drape at 8’ in height.  The outward facing sides of your exhibit must be finished and may not contain any marketing.
  • There is one common back drape shared by exhibitors on either side of the drape. Exhibitors must remain on their own side of the drape. Your carpet, bracing, etc. may not extend into the exhibit space behind you.
  • No part of your exhibit or product may extend into the exhibit next to you.
  • "Island" booths that are 40x40 or more may have exceptions - please review your layout ideas with your MPE sales consultant.

Signage

  • Booth rental comes with (1) one identification sign (7” x 44”) that includes your company name and booth number. 
  • All additional signage must be professionally made. Hand-written signs are NOT allowed. 
  • Signage cannot be attached to any MCC walls, pillars, etc. 
  • Signage cannot be above 8’ in height in a space less than 20’ x 20’.
    • Signs above 8’ in height may include company name and logo; they may not be used to advertise products and services.
    • If signage requires hanging, please contact Fern.  Cost to hang signage is the responsibility of the Exhibitor.
  • Overhead inflatable signs are not permitted.
  • If you would like your sign to be read differently than what it listed on your space agreement, fill out the Sign Order Form in the forms section of the packet.

Flooring

All booths in the show MUST have floor covering.  No exceptions will be made.  Permanent carpet tape is not allowed.  Exhibitors may provide their own floor covering or it can be rented from Fern. 

Floor covering, preferably carpet – this will improve the image of your booth and your company.  No part of your floor covering may extend beyond your booth or stick out into the aisle.

Tables

Professionally skirted tables with floor-length skirting that is pleated or gathered. No paper or plastic. Fine furniture is acceptable without skirting. Tables requiring wiping from selling food or beverages may also be acceptable without skirting. Card tables and old metal folding chairs detract from your booth and from the Show. Nice furnishings improve your business image and your exhibit.

Staffing

It is required that exhibitors have a staff member in their space at all times during the show. Show Management does not assume any responsibility for losses.

Misc.

Materials such as table draping, cut trees, wood chips and mulch used in the construction of displays must be fire resistant.

 Credits

If an additional firm is assisting with your displays, signs, etc. and you would like to give them credit/recognition, you may display one (1) professionally made sign within your booth ONLY if they are an exhibitor at the show.  Signage may not exceed 7”x11”. If your assisting firm is NOT an exhibitor in the show, call Marketplace Events regarding how they can be identified.  If they have NOT leased space from us for the show, they cannot distribute literature in any way inside the facility.

Demonstrations/Distribution

  • Displays, demonstrations or distribution of materials are not permitted outside of Exhibitor’s booth(s).
  • The use of microphones is NOT permitted on the show floor unless approved by Show Management.
  • Small sound amplification systems for captive-audience demos may be used, but the sound must be inoffensive to neighboring exhibitors.
  • Advertisement, exhibit or promotion may include prices but cannot include price comparisons with competitive products.
  • No stickers, pressure adhesive, etc. can be used or given away by exhibitors
  • Balloons including Helium-filled balloons are NOT allowed.
  • No food (including popcorn) or beverages may be distributed by exhibitors inside the MCC unless approved by Marketplace Events and MCC catering management (Kelber).

Materials subject to license or restriction

The playing, performing or other use of any copyrighted music in television or radio transmission, videotape, audio-visual material, or any other work, whether live or recorded, by exhibitor or its agents, representatives or employees is expressly prohibited. Exhibitor agrees to indemnify the U.S. Bank Stadium and Marketplace Events (and their respective officers, directors, owners, employees, insurers, agents, representatives, and assigns) against any and all claims and costs of defense, or fees paid by Marketplace Events to ASCAP or BMI, arising from any unauthorized use of any work by exhibitor or any of its agents, representatives or employees.

Marketplace Events (MPE) does not permit political candidates, political parties, or other groups promoting issues or ballot initiatives to participate as exhibitors or sponsors. In addition, the display or sale of any products or services, including the dissemination of informational material, that is political/partisan in nature or that can be interpreted to promote, incite, or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual, or religious intolerance, are prohibited. MPE maintains these policies to ensure a welcoming environment for all attendees and exhibitors.

Outside Contractors

Any independent contractor/display house which contracts to assemble and/or dismantle an exhibit at the Show must notify Fern Expo of the exhibiting company's name and booth number, in writing, at least 30 days prior to the first day of move-in. The display house must also provide a certificate of insurance to Fern at the time the letter is sent and also to Show Management.

Subletting of Exhibit Space

Exhibitors are NOT permitted to sublet their space to another company or product without prior written permission from Show Management.  Violators will be removed from the show.

Union Regulations

An exhibiting firm's employees may set up and take down their exhibit and carry their own exhibit materials to and from the loading docks. If extensive work is required on the exhibit that involves the hiring of outside labor, or if help is needed in moving heavy objects, arrangements for such work must be made through Fern.  Fern maintains a service desk during set-up and tear-down times.


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DECORATOR SERVICES

Show Decorator - Fern Expo

  • POINT OF CONTACT:
    Jessica Mulheron
    jmulheron@fernexpo.com
    800.774.1251 x1

Fern Expo is responsible for:

  • Furniture rental (tables, chairs, etc.)
  • Sign/Banner orders
  • Carpet rentals
  • Draping
  • Display set-up assistance
  • Forklift Services (see below for more detail)
  • Advance Shipments (see below for more detail)

Fern Expo will contact each exhibitor by email with a link to create an account and to view pricing and ordering details (beginning in December). Fern is updated weekly with newly booked exhibitor lists. If you do not see an email regarding OneView, their ordering system, please double-check your spam filter before contacting Fern. To avoid delay, have your order placed before you move in.  All orders with full payment must be received by February 7, 2025, to receive discount price.  Advance freight receiving dates are January 31 – February 26, 2025.

 

Exhibitors requiring forklift services should make arrangements with Fern prior to move in.  Details:

  • Forklift and operators are available to assist you with setup, spotting of machinery and un-skidding once it has been delivered to your booth. Do not order forklifts to unload your freight carrier. Please see the material handling forms included in this kit.
  • If a crane or special lift is needed, please call Fern customer service for availability and quote
  • A one-hour charge will be applied to all orders cancelled without 48-hour notification
  • Payment is due and payable when services are rendered
  • The exhibitor is responsible to check-in with the Fern service desk when the forklift is needed
  • Check in at the Fern service desk on show site when you are ready for your Forklift. All Forklift orders are assigned on a first come first serve basis.

Advance Shipment details:

  • If your exhibit will arrive between Wednesday, Feb 12- Tues Feb 25, 2025, it should be shipped to Fern Expo. Fern will store and deliver your exhibit material to the Convention Center for a fee. All shipments must be prepaid. Ordering and payment information will be available in the OneView link they will send to all exhibitors.


2025 price deadlines tentative - to be confirmed

 

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Minneapolis Convention Center Services

UTILITIES and INTERNET

2025 Ordering Links coming soon!  Advanced order deadline February 19, 2025

Electricity, Water and Cleaning and other Services
Minneapolis Convention Center
Exhibitor Services
1301 2nd Ave S
Phone: 612.335.6550  Fax: 612.335.6600
online ordering  CLICK HERE

Internet and Telephone Services
Smart City Networks
Phone: 888.446.6911  Fax: 702.943.6001
Online Ordering CLICK HERE

MCC Exhibitor Ordering Guide 2024 Smart City
024-MCC Smart City Internet Order Form 2024

Electrical Details:
  • All electrical equipment must be U.L. approved, properly wired and tagged as to type of current, voltage, phase, cycle and horsepower. Use of open clip sockets, latex or lamp cord wire, unapproved duplex or triplex attachment plugs and Romex cable is prohibited. 
  • All 120 volt extension cords must be a 3-wire grounded type. 
  • The MCC reserves the right to refuse connection to any exhibitor whose equipment is deemed unsafe by MCC electrical supervisors. 
  • Utility panels and mechanical equipment rooms may not be blocked.
  • Only MCC staff are authorized to access electrical floor boxes and make electrical disconnections and/or connections.
  • Exhibitors will be financially responsible for damages to electrical equipment.
  • For booth electricity, follow directions as provided by Fern Expo and complete your order to the MCC 14 days prior to the first show date to receive advanced rates.  Make sure to note if you need 24-hour service.


Water/Drain:
  • Please note only one in three of the floor boxes include a drain.  All others are electrical.
  • For booth water/drain, see information provided by Fern Expo and complete any orders to the MCC 14 days prior to the first show date to receive advanced rates.

Marshalling Yard Parking

Limited Exhibitor Parking available at the Convention Center Marshalling Yard off 16th Street
There are limited parking spaces available for purchase ONLINE ONLY from the Convention Center Exhibitor Services.
Note: Passes will not be available for Sunday.

Passes will sell out quickly-  Link will be posted ahead of  move in -date tbd.  (Steps to purchase: Enter booth #, select "Exhibitor Marshalling Yard Parking", scroll down and select the show.)

Link will be posted here and in the "Parking" section of this page

 

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Fire, Safety & Security

Show Management Regulations
Material used in exhibits must be fire resistant and are subject to inspection by the Minneapolis Fire Department.
If you have any questions on this, call the Minneapolis Fire Prevention Bureau (612) 673-2546.

Precautions must be taken to prevent the general public from coming in contact with anything that may cause burn or injury. Any product hot to the touch must be placed at the back of your booth, away from the aisle. For those with bulk 20'x20' peninsulas, islands or larger, these products must be positioned in the middle/center area of your space, again, as far away from the aisle(s) as possible. Warning signs must be placed prominently on all such surfaces, horizontal and perpendicular.

FULL FIRE REGULATIONS CLICK HERE

Display Vehicles

Exhibitors who wish to have a vehicle in their exhibit space must inform Show Management of their intent and purpose prior to February 7. Safety precautions are needed, and sponsorship regulations may prohibit certain type of vehicles.

Operation of gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles is permitted during move in/out periods. Gasoline/Diesel vehicles on display in exhibit areas require prior approval and may not be operated during show hours. Gasoline/Diesel operated vehicles on display must have:

  • Fuel tank caps locked or taped shut
  • Battery cables disconnected
  • Recommended fuel level in gas tanks not to be more than ¼ full or 5 gallons, whichever is less
  • Protective covering under tires on terrazzo or carpeted surfaces
  • Any vehicle that drips oil or other staining solutions may not be operated within the MCC without a drip pan or dry absorption powder. Permit tee and/or exhibitors will be charged for all cleaning and/or replacement costs for stain removal.
Sprinklers

All exhibitors incorporating ceilings in their exhibits (regardless of size) must contact Show Management for approval. Floor plans for oversized exhibits must have MCC and Fire Department approval.

The following must be protected by sprinklers:
  • Single-level exhibit booths greater than 300 sq. ft. and covered with a ceiling; throughout each level of multilevel exhibit booths, including the uppermost level. 
  • A single exhibit or group of exhibits with ceilings that do not require sprinklers must be separated by a minimum of 10 ft. where the aggregate ceiling exceeds 300 sq. ft.  

Medical Emergency

For medical emergencies, report the emergency to the MCC’s Guest & Security Services Dept.  This is done by calling #2013 from any beige House Phone (there is also a placard above each phone with the number on it).  The building covers a very large footprint and only the MCC staff will know where the “best entrance” for the responders to enter.

 A first aid kit is available in the Show Management Office (102F) for non-emergencies.

Security

Exhibitors are responsible for their own booth security. Security guards will be on duty 24 hours a day throughout move-in, show days and move-out. They are their to safeguard your interests. Please extend them your fullest cooperation and courtesy in the performance of their duties.  

 

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Food and Beverage - Sales and Sampling

Exhibitors in the show who are dispensing food and/or beverages must obtain a Short-Term Food Permit or provide license number for Seasonal or Mobile licenses already on file. 

2024 versions of the forms are linked below - 2025 coming soon! - note that the MCC requests the forms as soon as possible once available - city of Minneapolis permits and licenses are due no later than 2 weeks prior to the show.

The Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) requires all food/beverage sales and sampling vendors complete the applicable forms linked in the document below.  Please complete and return those documents as soon as possible for the MCC approval.

Home Garden Show Food Vendor Processes - CLICK HERE

 

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INSURANCE

The insurance clause is #5 on the Terms and Conditions page of all booth space contracts. For easy reference, exhibitors are required to have:

  • Comprehensive General Liability and All Risk Property Insurance
  • Coverage must be from the start of move-in to the end of move-out
  • Coverage of at least $1,000,000 for each separate occurrence
  • Name Marketplace Events LLC and the venue as additional insured
  • Provide a copy of the certificate of insurance to MPE upon request

Our shows have all been set up so exhibitors can apply using this link, at Risk-Strategies, Inc. (formerly was Buttine Insurance)


A few things to be aware of:

  • Exhibitors will have to pick the show from a drop-down list that includes shows other than just those run by MPE.
  • Marketplace Events is not selling this insurance and does not profit from it in any way. This is simply a resource for those exhibitors who don't already have the required insurance coverage per their contracts. They do not have to purchase this.

If you have more questions about this insurance you can contact:
Kendra Reilly Monahan 
212.867.3642 
kmonahan@risk-strategies.com

Additional Insurance Information:

Marketplace Events, the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show and/or the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) will NOT be responsible for injury to persons nor the loss or damage of products, exhibits, equipment or decorations by fire, accident, theft, or any other cause while in the show building or its environs. As agreed in the contract, exhibitors agree to indemnity and hold harmless Show Management and the MCC against any and all complaints, suits, or liabilities arising out of acts of the exhibitor or his/her representatives, or out of acts within the exhibitor's booth area. Verify with your insurance company if you're uncertain about your coverage. Exhibitors are responsible for damage they cause to the MCC including walls and floors and for labor charges to remove stains or adhesives from the walls or floors. Exhibitors will be billed for such damage with the dollar amount of the damage determined by the MCC.

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Move-In & Move-Out 2025 

Move In Rules and Details
  • All Exhibitors MUST move in through the Convention Center’s rear marshalling yard during approved times from East 16th Street.
  • Exhibitors must have received an exception approval from Show Management to move in during a different day/time than assigned.
  • Exhibitors must be prepared to remove their own material with hand trucks or dollies.
  • Children under 16 are not permitted on the show floor during move in or move out.
  • Vehicles are allowed on the show floor during move-in until Monday, March 4.  Beginning Tuesday, March 5, there will be no driving on the show floor. Bring your own handcarts, dollies, etc. for hand-carry of items.
  • No extended parking is allowed at the dock or in the building.  Vehicles must be removed as soon as they are unloaded.  When dropping off supplies at booths, vehicles must be turned off to minimize gas fumes.
  • Dock doors close at 8:00pm on Tuesday, March 4.  All exhibit material must be within your own exhibit space by 3:00pm so MCC personnel can clean the aisles and Fern can lay carpet.

     

Move In Schedule:

Exhibitors will be divided into seven (7) move-in times over three (3) days.  Red and Pink Zone Exhibitors may NOT move in until Tuesday, March 4. 

Detail on map below:

Sunday, March 2: 
9:00 am – 8:00 pm
HALLS D and E ONLY

  • YELLOW ZONE: 9:00 am 
  • BLUE ZONE: 1:00 pm 
Monday, March 3:
7:00 am – 8:00 pm

HALLS D AND E: 

  • Yellow and Blue zones can continue to move in: 7:00am
  • NO Orange Zone until 1:00pm

HALLS C-E

  • GREEN ZONE: 7:00am start
  • ORANGE ZONE: 1:00pm start
  • PURPLE ZONE: 4:00pm start
Tuesday, March 4: 

7:00 am – 8:00 pm:
ALL HALLS

  • RED ZONE: 7:00 am start (Driving on the floor is not permitted for this zone)
  • PINK ZONE: 1:00 pm start (Driving on the floor is not permitted for this zone)

 

EXHIBITORS WHO DO NOT MOVE-IN DURING THEIR DESIGNATED TIME ARE NOT GUARANTEED TO DRIVE ONTO THE FLOOR

CLICK HERE for a PDF to enlarge, download, or print

 

Move Out Rules and Details

All booths MUST remain up and fully staffed until show close on Sunday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m.
No vehicles are allowed in the halls until all carpet is removed by Fern.
Exhibitors wanting to move out all night must make prior arrangements with Show Management.

General Move Out Schedule:

Sunday, March 9               
6:01 p.m. – roughly 8:00 p.m.           
ALL RED ZONE ONLY

**Vehicles are NOT guaranteed to drive onto the floor until a path has been cleared.  Please remember to bring any carts or dollies needed.
**All other exhibitors are encouraged to start taking down during this time.

Sunday, March 9        
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.        
Open Move Out

Monday, March 10
7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.          
Open Move Out

*All Exhibitors must be moved out by 2pm*

In an effort to improve the speed of move out, the rear marshalling yard/loading dock area will be blocked off on Sunday, March 9th for RED ZONE exhibitors only.  All vehicles parking in the loading dock MUST have their vehicles removed by the end of the show on Saturday, March 8th.   Any vehicles left in the loading dock will be subject to towing.

RED ZONE exhibitors will be given a parking pass by show staff on Saturday, March 8th to park in the marshalling yard on Sunday, March 9th.  RED ZONE exhibitors will be verified by Show Mgmt.  One parking spot is allowed per exhibitor and is first come, first serve basis.
Because multiple exhibitors are trying to move-out at one time, exhibitors ARE NOT guaranteed to be able to drive onto the show floor during the Red Zone move-out.  We make every effort to make this possible, but it cannot be guaranteed.  Please plan accordingly and bring carts or dollies for move-out.

*Exhibits not removed by 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 10th are subject to removal and a cleaning fee. Marketplace Events is not responsible for any materials or displays that are left at the building.
Early move out is strictly prohibited and NO EXHIBITS can be removed during show hours.

 

Move-Out Map & Schedule

CLICK HERE for a PDF to download, enlarge, or print

 

 

 

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ENHANCE YOUR COMPANY’S ONLINE EXHIBITOR LISTING

Your basic listing will be uploaded to the website when you book your booth. Within 24 hours you will receive an automated email to enhance your listing. This link can be used multiple times and you can make updates and changes to your listing until ONE day after the show commences. If you have any questions regarding the online exhibitor listing or do not receive the link, please email our digital support rep, JenK@mpeshows.com.

Need help with your listing? Read the FAQs.


Learn more about the benefits of creating your enhanced listing.
Go from basic to ENHANCED!

Introducing the QR Code!

A new way to accelerate leads generated onsite at the show. A floor decal with a unique QR Code will be placed in front of your booth.

hand holidng cell phone displaying QR code
Learn More...

 

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SOCIAL MEDIA
#LetsGetSocial

Share your show pics or your home reno projects with us.

Facebook icon   Instagram icon

Hashtags: #MPLSHomeShow #MPLSHomeandGardenShow


In efforts to protect potential joint customers from fraudulent events and scammers, we request that you do not create your own Facebook Event. This helps us manage ticket sales for the event, and ensures that our team are available to support both exhibitors and potential attendees with any questions, comments, or concerns that they have. Please feel free to reach out to your show manager or show marketing manager with your companies’ Facebook page and we can add you as a co-host to the official event.

Link to Facebook Event will be posted closer to show

Social Media Marketing Kit HERE

 

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Exhibitor Badges

Exhibitor badges can be picked up in the show office during move in.

Booth attendants must have and wear Exhibitor Badges at all times for admission to the show.  No badge – no admission.  

Exhibitors receive ten (10) Exhibitor badges.  Lost badges are not the responsibility of Show Management.  Additional badges can be purchased in the Show Office for $20.00.  Badges that need to be shared among staff can be left at Will Call located outside the Show Office in Lobby D.

 

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Complimentary Tickets 

Complimentary tickets (aka admission passes) are generally distributed electronically.  However, upon request, paper tickets can be given instead, or placed at Will Call in an envelope marked with Company Name.

Each Exhibitor will be provided a link for twenty (20) digital tickets, which are for you to distribute to friends, clients, and family.  The link will be for a "distribution portal" that will allow each exhibitor to personalize the ticket emails with their logo, company name and contact information.  This email link will be sent 4 to 8 weeks prior to show.

 

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Parking

PARKING

    • There is no reserved parking at the MCC. A limited number of weekly parking passes for the Marshalling Yard are available for sale by the Convention Center on their Exhibitor Services online ordering portal.
    • IMPORTANT – The link to purchase the passes will go live on the Convention Center’s portal. Link will be posted closer to show - date TBD.
    • Parking passes are valid during move-in and show days Wed-Sat, AND ARE NOT VALID Sunday, March 9.
    • IMPORTANT: Parking will NOT be available on Sunday, March 9.  The parking lot will be reserved for the RED ZONE move out only.  All Exhibitors with parking passes MUST remove their vehicles by the end of the show on Saturday, March 8th. 
    • For additional parking options, CLICK THIS MAP of parking ramps and skyways near the MCC, or see more information below:

    Parking is easy to find at the conveniently located Minneapolis Convention Center. In addition to metered parking, there is a wide selection of off-street parking to choose from within easy walking distance - most of these are parking ramps that are connected to the Minneapolis Convention Center by skyway.

    PLAZA PARKING:

    Across the street from the Minneapolis Convention Center, on 2nd Avenue South, is an underground ramp that is connected by a climate-controlled skyway system to the Minneapolis Convention Center and several downtown accommodations and attractions.

    117 South 12th Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Vehicle Entry: 12th Street, 2nd Avenue
    Vehicle Exit: 12th Street, Marquette Avenue
    Clearance: 6 feet 8 inches

    THIRD AVENUE RAMP (CENTRAL LUTHERAN RAMP):

    1401 3rd Avenue S
    Minneapolis, MN 55403

    Vehicle Entry: 3rd Avenue South
    Vehicle Exit: 3rd Avenue South
    Clearance: 8 feet 2 inches

     

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    SHOW HOTEL

    Hilton Minneapolis
    1001 Marquette Avenue
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    888-933-5363

    The hotel is conveniently connected to the Minneapolis Convention Center by skyways.

    2025 Booking link expected summer 2024

     

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    SCAM ALERT FOR EXHIBITORS

    There have been a number of spam emails offering our attendee lists. These are scams and the senders are unauthorized to use the Marketplace Events’ name. These scammers are attempting to receive monies from exhibiting companies without providing anything in return. These emails are not approved by Marketplace Events, and Marketplace Events would never ask for bank information or other sensitive information over email.  

    CLICK HERE for more information.


    As per our privacy policy, Marketplace Events is a permission-based email sender. We do not share, rent, or sell any email lists.

     

     

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    CONTACT THE SHOW TEAM

    Bruce Evans, Show Manager
    BruceE@MPEshows.com  612.209.4593

    Dan DeJaeger, Show Manager
    DanD@MPEshows.com  651.373.6884

    Kristin Nelson, Senior Exhibit Sales Consultant - (#, A-L)
    KristinN@MPEshows.com 612.225.2331

    Danielle Smith, Senior Exhibit Sales Consultant - (M-Z)
    DanielleS@MPEshows.com 612.225.2333

    Autumn Pennington, Show Coordinator 
    AutumnP@MPEshows.com 612.225.2334

     

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