A record number of exhibitors are expected at the 2008 North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Portland, Oregon next February, where 175 of 185 exhibitor spaces are already sold.
The 2007 show in San Jose, California was the largest to date, featuring 103 exhibitors who collectively occupied 130 booth spaces. So far 134 exhibitors have signed up for the 2008 Portland show. That's almost exactly 30% growth over '07 in exhibitors, and 43% growth in booth spaces sold.
NAHBS organizer Don Walker says, "I am truly delighted. The show has had three good growth years already, but heading into our fourth we are growing beyond my expectations. I am very confident we will sell all our booth spaces. With seven weeks until the show, we only have ten spaces left, and I am talking with companies that wish to fill those spaces."