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Show Floor Showcase

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ear after year, the exhibitors who display their products and services at
NRPA Congress outdo themselves, and 2014's show floor once again
exceeded attendees' expectations. With almost 400 companies spread
across the exhibit hall, attendees had plenty to see and do, and the high level
of traffic on the floor was a testament to the attendees' interest in the exhibitors' offerings. The NRPA annual conference's show floor is the most extensive
place for park and recreation professionals to learn about and experience new
possibilities for their communities, and with 91.3 percent of this year's surveyed
attendees noting that they play a role in the purchasing process for their agency,
this popular component of the conference is an invaluable resource for park
and recreation departments looking to renew or expand their offerings.

As they did in Houston in 2013,
exhibitors in Charlotte put their best
foot forward as they vied for the coveted Best in Show prize, awarded to the
most engaging and innovative booths
on the floor. After all the votes were in,
Playcraft Systems took home the firstplace blue ribbon for an island booth
thanks to their popular pirate ship playground complete with costumed staffers and pirate hat giveaways. Themed
Concepts, whose display featured an
enormous dragon, won the runner-up
red ribbon for an island booth. DOGIPOT's booth, which caught passers-by off guard with its realistic ca42	 Parks & Recreation

nine " deposits " scattered around, took
home the first-place blue ribbon for an
in-line booth, and Masters of the Hunt,
a company that specializes in creating
scavenger and treasure hunts for team
building and promotions, was awarded
runner-up for an in-line booth.
New to the show floor this year
were the Glass Room Sessions,
Learning Labs and Learning Playground, which offered attendees
opportunities to dive into complex
topics, engage with their colleagues,
and learn in new and interactive ways
right on the show floor. The casual
Tailgate Party on Tuesday afternoon

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also gave attendees an additional
chance to explore the floor and gather ideas while networking with colleagues and industry members alike.
Exhibitors expressed high levels of
satisfaction with the turnout at this
year's show, and more than 150 exhibitors have already booked their spots
for the 2015 NRPA conference in Las
Vegas, which is already generating a
lot of excitement. If you're looking for
the best new equipment, services or
ideas for your agency, NRPA's show
floor is a resource you can't miss.
- Danielle Taylor, Executive Editor
of Parks & Recreation Magazine



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