FOCUS – Kart Expo International, Feb. 26-27

A decades-old pastime, competition karting continues to grow dramatically throughout the nation. Businesses taking part in karting, or those interested in the market, may want to think about attending one or both of the two major kart shows that take place annually.
The 13th annual Kart Expo International, sponsored by kart manufacturer SSC Racing, takes place Feb. 26-27, 2005, at the Pheasant Run Resort & Convention Center in St. Charles, Ill.
Kart Expo organizers say interest by exhibitors has been good. Of the two halls set aside for the event, the first hall was sold out by July 1, and the second had 10% space available as of September 1.
Pre-registration is open to all dealers, distributors, manufacturers, importers, etc. Booth costs are $575 for a 10’X10′; $1,050 for a 10’X20′; $1,500 for 10’X30′; $1,920 for 10’X40′ (add $75 for corner booth locations). Booths include 8-foot high draped backwall, 36-inch sidewall dividers, standard sign (if required), and carpeting. Non-profit clubs and associations should inquire about options.
The event is open to trade only from 9am to 12pm, and opens to the public after noon on Feb. 26. On February 27, event hours run 10am to 4pm. The “trade-only” hours offer the industry a unique opportunity to “talk business” one-on-one. Registrants must supply a viable business card or business license to obtain ‘Trade-only’ access credentials, a two-day pass.
A schedule of speakers and free seminars is still to be announced.
Daily General Admission to the event is $8 for adults; $12 for two-day admission. A daily ticket for children 3-12 costs $2.00; $3 for two-day admission.
Organizers say more than 700 room-nights were used by exhibitors and attendees in 2004, and say most rooms at Pheasant Run Resort were sold-out in 2004, forcing some exhibitors and attendees who delayed in making early reservations to seek other inconvenient accommodations.
More than 120 companies signed on to exhibit at the 13th annual Kart Expo International as of Sept. 1.
Interested in exhibiting? Call 630/653-7368 or e-mail karting@msn.com to reserve booth space. To make room reservations, call 800/474-3272.

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