The Tent Show 2018
November 5 - 8, 2018
Hershey, PA
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10:00 am
Tent Installation of Registration Tent
Tent Installation of Dinner Tent and 1 Exhibit Tent
 
PLEASE NOTE: All tents will be installed on Monday. No installs will take place on Tuesday.

TENT INSTALLS
8:00am  to 3:00 p.m. The various tents will be installed.

12:00pm
Registration Opens in Registration Tent  (Anchor)
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Forklift Certification
Earn or Renew your Forklift Certification.  Pre-registration is required.  This course is a separate fee.
Certificate is valid for a three year period.  Presenter:  Kevin Gern, Bestline Equipment
7:00 pm
Annual Membership Meeting  (Inside Hotel - Crystal A Room)
7:45 pm
MATRA Monday Night "Block Party" (no ticket required;  located in The Bears' Den, inside Hershey Lodge, sponsored by Block and Roll Tent Ballast Solutions)
 
8:00am
Registration Opens  (Anchor)  Continental Breakfast Sponsored by TBD
 
The 2018 Tent Show Educational Seminars are all about you!  Our attendees are the perfect mix of installers, owners and managers.  With a maximum of two concurrent sessions, our education program is sculpted to give everyone a chance to perfect their craft or check out another side of our industry. NOTE: This year we are offering two tracks of education.  Track 1: How to Tent (1-5 years experience) and Track 2:  How to Keep Tenting (5 + years experience).
9:30am - 10:30 am
(Track 1) Know It:  Frame Tent Fundamentals & Pole Tent Particulars 
Learn tips from Industry veterans on best practices for purchasing, storing, maintaining and installing traditional frame tents and pole tents.  Speakers: Tommy Wilson, CERP and Elizabeth Wilson, CERP,  All Occasions Party Rental (Aztec Tent)
(Track 2) Keep Learning:  Tent Teacher Training 
You know it all, but does your team?  As tent industry professionals, we spend years perfecting our technical and business knowledge.  Join the conversation in how to take that knowledge and package it into training for your staff.  Speaker:  Liz Davis, PTG Event Services (Olympic Tent)
10:45am - 11:45am
(Track 1) Make it Happen: Who is Running your Business 
Many business owners wonder who is running their business after they put in endless hours and can't seem to get enough done or their team on board.  Randi Bale's experience consulting with small business owners has taught her that the three most important principles of making it happen and running a successful business are Clear Processes/Structure, Positive Communication and Cohesive Leadership.  In this session, she will discuss how you can pull your team together and "Make it Happen" so your company gets healthier, more streamlined and increases its profit.  Speaker:  Randi Bale, Healthy Organized Living (Aztec Tent)
(Track 2) Keep Profitable: Mo' money, mo' problems 
A growing company, specifically in the rental industry, often experiences unexpected challenges in cash flow and financial management.  Expert Gary Stansberry tackles these challenges with tips for maximizing or growth opportunity.  Speaker:  Gary Stansberry, The Stansberry Firm
1:30pm - 2:30 pm (Olympic Tent)
(Track 1)  Clean It:  Care for your Equipment 
You bought it, now it's time to make it last!  Vinyl maintenance expert, Chuck Shipp addresses cleaning and maintenance essentials for the emerging tent rental company.  Speaker:  Chuck Shipp, Shipp Cleaning Systems (Aztec Tent)
(Track 2)  Keep Anchoring:  Holding it Down 
Anchoring tents properly is the first step in safe installation.  With so many options for anchoring, it's essential to find what works for your inventory and venue and understand strengths and weaknesses of various methods.  Join us to test methods of staking and ballasting safely.  Speaker:  Pete McVey, Safer Tents (Olympic Tent)
2:45pm - 3:45pm
(Track 1)  Store It:  Warehousing 
Join in the conversation on tips for managing vinyl and tent supply storage.  Address challenges and solutions for your operation and learn helpful strategies from experienced industry professionals.  Speakers:  Kevin Vasquez, Made in the Shade and Andy Mattrick, Event Central (Aztec Tent)
(Track 2)  Keep Analyzing: Theoretical Case Study 
A strong business analyzes success and failures.  In the tent rental business, we find many of those opportunities to analyze in our installation projects.  In this session, join an industry veteran to dissect a project, review the challenges, solutions, efficiencies and discuss how to approach analyzing your own projects.    Speaker:  Brady Castro, PRO EM Event & Party Rentals (Olympic Tent)
4:00-5:00 pm
(Track 1 and 2)  Keep Talking:  Beer & Business 
Close out your day of education with some new friends and a beer.  In this session, you will join a group of your peers for guided conversation on tips and challenges facing your business and the tent rental industry. (Fred's Tent)
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Vendor/Welcome Reception. Located in The Nigerian Room inside Hershey Lodge. Welcome Reception Ticket Required  MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE TO ATTEND
8:00am
Registration Opens  (Anchor)   Continental Breakfast Sponsored by TBD
8:00am - 10:00am
Exhibitor Set Up  (TopTec, Eureka!, Shelter)
9:00am - 10:00am
Test It:  The 10 x 10 Challenge
The wind test returns challenging different products and anchoring methods. Speaker:  Nick Deninno, Block and Roll Tent Ballast Solutions
10:00am
Tour of the Tents (2 Groups)
11:45 am
Lunch - sponsored by TBD
12:00pm- 2:00 pm
Exhibitor Set  (TopTec, Eureka!, Shelter)
12:30pm
MATRA Games (sign up at Registration - Anchor Tent)
All Games take place simultaneously and will end promptly at 2:30pm, so don't wait to participate.  All participants must show their MATRA registration badge when signing up for a game.  NO Exceptions!!
MATRA GAMES
(1st, 2nd & 3rd Places.  1st Place over 40 Overall.  1st Place Women's Overall. Men's Overall:  1st - Golden Sledgehammer, 2nd & 3rd Places)
1 man stake toss - sponsored by Eureka! Tents
1 man stake driving - sponsored by Pioneer Tool & Forge
1 man knot tying - sponsored by TopTec Products, LLC
1 man tent lacing - sponsored by Cornerstone Event Products
2 man stake driving - sponsored by Aztec Tents
2 man tent folding - sponsored by Fred's Tents
1 man tent toss - sponsored by Anchor Industries
1 man table/chair - sponsored by Granite Industries
1 man sledgehammer throw - sponsored by PHP
2:30pm - 7:00pm
Exhibits Open  Food & Beverage from 4:30pm - 6:30pm.  (TopTec, Eureka!, Shelter)
7:30pm - 10:30pm
Awards Dinner  (Dinner Tent, Grandchamp Structure)  Dinner Ticket Required
8:30am - 10:00am
Exhibits Open (TopTec, Eureka!, Shelter)  Coffee service in all Exhibit tents.
10:00am - 11:00am
MATRA Breakfast with Prizes - Open to all attendees. (Grandchamp Structure)
11:00am
Striking of Displays & Tents.  Volunteers are needed to help take down the tents and secure the area.  Please help if you can.