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HGEO Exhibitor Update #1

EXHIBITOR UPDATE #1

June 19, 2017

Only 39 days left until the show!

Good afternoon and welcome to the first “Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma” exhibitor update!  It’s another way of communicating information about the show to you.

1)       Be sure to visit the official Exhibitor Resource Center webpage by CLICKING HERE, or copying the following link and pasting it into your browser:  http://www.krmg.com/lifestyles/home--garden/exhibitor-resource-center/nY0h0vXTZEpcVFg5rdCaSI/.   One of the most important links is for the official Exhibitor Service Manual.  It's considered part of your exhibitor agreement and contains info that’s vital to your participation in our show.  Please read it and give us a call if you have any questions.

2)      Those of you on Facebook, please visit our show page at https://www.facebook.com/HomeandGardenExpoofOklahoma/?fref=ts or just type Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma in the search bar at the top of your own FB page to find it.  Click the Like button and then share the page with your friends.  You’re encouraged to write a post about your attendance at the show to invite new customers to come and see you.

3)      The remainder of your booth fee is due on or before Friday, June 23rd.  Please make sure your payment is received by that date.  Missing this deadline can result in the loss of your booth space and deposit. If you need help, visit the CMG Payment Info page for details.

4)      The current Exhibitor Move-in Schedule is posted on the Exhibitor Resource Center webpage.  Take a minute and double-check your scheduled move-in day & time.  Let us know if we need to make any changes.

5)      Please read about the liability insurance requirements that are in force for this show.  You'll find them on page 8 of your Exhibitor Service Manual.  Don’t wait until the last minute to get this taken care of!  If you haven't provided us a certificate of liability (and workmen’s comp insurance if you're required to carry it) listing Cox Radio, Inc. and Tulsa Public Facilities Authority as additional insureds, you will NOT be allowed in the building to set up your booth!  If you have any questions, please call me ASAP and I’ll help you out.

                                                                       

                        The Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma is sponsored by Avco Roofing and Eden’s Structural Solutions.

6)      If you would like to use the official show logo on any of your social media sites, please email me and I’ll be glad to send it to you.  Let me know what format you need the logo in.

7)       Each 8x8 and 10x10 booth space comes with a ONE free covered and skirted 6-foot folding table and 2 folding chairs. For larger booths, you get additional tables/chairs for each extra booth space you have (a 10x20 booth gets 2 tables and 4 chairs for example). With this show however, past experience tells us that most exhibitors do NOT use their tables and chairs, so please let us know if you DO want the free table(s) you're entitled to. Click the link that says Table Reservation Form here or on the Exhibitor Resource Center web page. Download the form, fill it out and email or fax it back to us before Friday, July 21st and we'll make sure your table(s) will be in your booth when you arrive to move in.

8)    If your display contains any kind of water feature (swimming pool, hot tub, water garden, etc.) you are required to provide us with after-hours contact info in case of a water leak. Download the After Hours Emergency Contact Information form on the Exhibitor Resource Center web page and email or fax it to us prior to your move-in day.

That’s it for this issue.  Don’t hesitate to call or email me at the numbers/address below if you have any questions. Stay cool and have a terrific week!

Steve McDonald  Event Coordinator Cox Radio, Inc. – Tulsa 2625 S. Memorial Dr Tulsa, OK  74129 918-523-2067 – show office line                                                                                                                                                  918-521-1324 – cell 918-493-5357 – fax Email: Steve.McDonald@CoxInc.com 

Cicadas pop out of the ground early in some parts of U.S.

The big green bugs that make a deafening sound are back.

Cicadas have popped out of the ground early this year and are starting to show up in Ohio and other parts of the Midwest, as well as the South and East Coast.

First you see their skin. Then you hear their call. 

>> Swarms of cicadas expected soon in Southeast

It's the unmistakable sound, and evidence the cicadas are back. 

"I think they're really gross," said Ashley Gilbert of Kettering, Ohio.

"They're a little scary, kind of prehistoric looking so they're a little startling," said Melissa Todd of Riverside, Ohio. 

The fragile brown casings could be from Brood X – some of these 17-year cicadas reportedly are arriving four years early – or the annual dog-days-of summer cicadas that have arrived several weeks ahead of time. 

>> Read more trending news

According to the Gardener's Network, Brood X cicadas span the following states: Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, New York, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia.

Whichever kind they are, cicadas don't bite and don't cause much harm to trees. Their loud sounds and startling movements is all most will have to deal with.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Mystery tenant from 'haunted' Zillow listing revealed

Earlier this month, an odd Zillow listing for a house in Cayce, a small town south of Columbia, South Carolina, started circulating – and immediately sparked some spooky speculation about who might be living upstairs.

>> Watch the news report here

“Upstairs apartment cannot be shown under any circumstances,” the listing read. “Buyer assumes responsibility for the month-to-month tenancy in the upstairs apartment. Occupant has never paid, and no security deposit is being held, but there is a lease in place. (Yes, it does not make sense, please don’t bother asking.)”

Other mildly disturbing details included a door to the upstairs apartment stained with blood-red paint, an odd sculpture in the backyard and a gaping hole in the ceiling.

The internet went wild with speculation that perhaps a serial killer – or the devil himself – was the mystery tenant. 

The State debunked any notions about evil occupying the home May 13. 

The newspaper revealed that the mystery tenants are artist Randall McKissick, 70, and his three cats.

According to The State, the Columbia native was a world-renowned artist and illustrator in the 1980s and 1990s. His work was shown internationally – in Paris, Johannesburg, New York, Atlanta and Chicago among other places. 

One of his pieces still hangs in the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta.

About 10 years ago, McKissick fell on hard times. The man whose friends call him a creative genius went through a divorce and eviction and suffered crippling anxiety. Those troubles, coupled with the rise of computer illustration, made McKissick quit painting. 

“I lost the spark. I don’t know how to get it back," McKissick told The State.

A childhood friend allowed him to rent a room in his upstairs home free of charge. But the owner, Michael Schumpert Sr., had a car wreck in December, and his family now needs to sell the house. Schumpert's son, Michael, wrote the listing.

>> Read more trending news

“We don’t really have much choice but to sell the house; my parents need to sell it,” the younger Schumpert told the newspaper. “But it’s been in the family for so long, we don’t really want to. And we want Randy to be able to stay there.”

The house is now off the market, but McKissick's two daughters are still looking for a new place for him to stay. Amber Albert told the paper her father's perfect home would have room for his cats and some studio space, so he might get his spark back and start painting again.

“I just want to paint again,” he said. “I just want to find that spark.”

Read more here.

FIRST LOOK: Tesla's solar roofs are here

Tesla is officially taking orders for its solar glass roof, which is said to be cheaper than a regular roof with an "infinity warranty."

>> Read more trending news

Elon Musk tweeted on Wednesday that the solar roof can be ordered in "almost any country." The roofs will be deployed this year in the U.S. and overseas in 2018. 

The roofs will come in textured, smooth, Tuscan and slate. 

The roofs are made with tempered glass and are more than three times stronger than standard roofing tiles, according to Tesla's website.

Learn more here.

Dry conditions could mean more venomous snake sightings, experts say

The ongoing drought could bring danger slithering right into Floridians' yards.

The dry conditions mean the most venomous snakes in Central Florida are on the move.

>> Watch the news report here

Herpetologist Bob Cross said low water levels in many lakes and swamps means snake sightings are more likely to happen in neighborhoods.

“It’s very frightening to think that they’re that they’re that close to a house,” said Longwood resident Candy Bauer. "I don't feel the same about my backyard."

>> Snakes dumped in Walmart parking lot

She found a cottonmouth in her backyard this week and called Cross to relocate the animal.

“Usually when people saw that, it’s a harmless water snake," Cross said. "But in this case, the lady was right."

>> Read more trending news

He said the dry weather is forcing the cottonmouths and other snakes to seek water elsewhere.

"He’s going to be traveling like the gators,” Cross said.

>> 'Firefighters saved my life,' rattlesnake victim says

He said a bite from a cottonmouth would cause severe pain and swelling.

"We'd be calling 911 and a helicopter for you," Cross said.

The snake found in Bauer’s yard will be sent to a facility in DeLand which will use it to produce anti-venom.

Donald Trump's childhood home sells for 'yuge' profit

A real estate prospector just profited big-league from the sale of President Donald Trump's childhood home.

>> PHOTOS: Donald Trump’s childhood home

According to CNN, the 2,500-square-foot New York Tudor has a new owner just three months after Michael Davis bought the property in Queens' Jamaica Estates neighborhood for $1.4 million. Last week, an unnamed bidder reportedly shelled out $2.14 million for the home where Trump lived until he was about 4.

>> PREVIOUS STORY: Donald Trump's childhood home goes on auction block

The house, built by Trump's father, Fred Trump, has "a brick and stucco exterior and an old-world charm interior featuring arched doorways, hardwood floors, five bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, library, living room with fireplace, formal dining room, basement and more," Paramount Realty USA said in the listing.

>> Read more trending news

Read more here or here.

Girl tells teacher about weed her dad grows in the backyard

Kids say the darndest things.

>> Read more trending stories  

Dax Holt, a former producer at TMZ, recorded a conversation he had with his daughter, Skylar, about an awkward exchange he had with her teacher.

“When I got to your school, your teacher said, ‘I heard you have a lot of weed at your house,'” Holt told Skylar. “Are we growing weed at our house?”

“Yeah,” said Skylar.

“A lot of it?” asks Holt, to which Skylar responds, “Yeah, just a little bit, but it’s going to grow a lot.”

“Do you want to show people what you’re talking about?” Holt asks.

Skylar then leads him to the backyard to point out the “weed.”

Watch the video below:

My child's teacher: "so Skylar tells me you guys have a ton of weed at home."Me: "umm"Teacher: "she said you're growing it"Me:Posted by Dax Holt on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Exhibitor Information: The Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma

The first eight years of the Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma have been tremendous, with tens of thousands of people attending each year. Your business can be a part of the largest FREE summertime home & garden show in Green Country, coming up July 28th through 30th in the River Spirit Expo Center at Expo square.  We bring in qualified buyers (new and existing homeowners) who are committed to finding ideas and answers to their home & garden questions. This show is a highly-targeted and cost-effective opportunity for businesses to market their products or services directly to this sought after group of consumers.

 An estimated $700 billion is spent on home and garden-related products and services each year. According to the NAHB (National Assoc. of Home Builders), the average zip code in America will see over $5 million spent on home improvement this year. That’s a lot of new roofs, landscaping, and remodels! Experts are projecting home improvement spending to increase 6% this year over last, with the average home improvement project costing around $4,000.

With this growing demand for these types of products/services, the Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma has had proven success here in northeast Oklahoma. With such a vast array of products and services, The Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma creates the ultimate source for consumers to fill many of their home & gardening needs under one roof! 

The Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma is brought to you by  Eden’s Structural Solutions.

  

Some ways "The Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma" can work for you...• Increase business • Improve customer relationships • Create an expanded mailing list • Sell your services or products at the show • Distribute coupons, samples and brochures • Showcase new products • Demonstrations • In store promotions and tie-ins • Door prize exposure • Hands-on activity at your boothBuying a Booth Your business can be a part of the largest FREE summertime home & garden event in Green Country! We bring in qualified buyers (homeowners) who are looking for ideas and solutions to their decorating, gardening and home-related questions. For example, did you know that:

 

*92% of consumer event attendees evaluate the companies they do business with by visiting a trade show?

*64% of attendees said that as a result of visiting a company's booth, they bought more of that company's product within 12 months?To help you reach this market, this event offers sponsors and exhibitors many one-to-one marketing opportunities with pre-qualified customers.As a part of "The Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma", you'll get unparalleled exposure through our strong promotions packages. This event will be highly-publicized on 4 of the top-rated radio stations in Tulsa, on KOKI-TV Channel 23 (the local FOX-TV affiliate) as well as through cable TV advertisements, local newspaper coverage and social media.You can be a part of this winning team of highly successful exhibitors if you hurry and contact us today to reserve your space! Booth SpaceEach 10' by 10' booth comes with:

  • 8' tall back drape and 3' tall side rails
  • 1 6' skirted table
  • 2 premium folding chairs
  • 1 wastebasket
  • Access to 110v electricity - you must provide your own extension cords and power strips
  • Additional items (extra chairs, tables, carpeting, easels, TV-VCR combos, counter high stools, etc.) may be ordered directly through the show decorator, Event 1 or by calling 918-245-8006.

    Exhibitor Info 

    Show dates: Friday, July 28, 2017 - Saturday, July 29, 2017 - Sunday, July 30, 2017 

    Show hours: 12:00pm - 8:00pm on Friday, 10:00am - 8:00pm on Saturday and 11:00am – 5:00pm on Sunday Show location: The River Spirit Expo Center at Expo Square (at the fairgrounds) at 4145 E 21st St. in Tulsa, Oklahoma 

    Load-in/set-up: Tuesday, July 25th through Thursday, July 27th from 8:00am - 7:00pm each day 

     

    Insurance is required to have when exhibiting at the show. If you do not have this coverage in place, Cox Radio Inc. has made arrangements so that all of our exhibitors can instantly acquire this coverage at significant savings from Rainprotection Insurance. Your cost will be just $84. Please click here to be redirected to the Rainprotection Insurance form. 

     

    The River Spirit Expo Center has multiple drive-in bays with 16' and 21' high doors, a dock height loading platform and an available forklift for moving in large/heavy display items.Each booth comes with access to 110v electricity. Exhibitors must provide their own 16-gauge extension cord (all booths shouldn't be more than 30 feet from the nearest electrical box - located in the floor). 220 power is available and must be arranged before your move-in date by contacting the show office staff at (918) 523-2067.

    Do you own your own company and want to be in front of THOUSANDS of prospective customers in only 3 days?

    Call Steve McDonald at (918) 493-8531 or email him at Steve.McDonald@CoxInc.com

     

    Participating Exhibitors: The Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma

    EXHIBITOR LIST

      

    If you're interested in receiving more information about becoming an exhibitor at the 2017 "Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma", please call Steve McDonald at (918) 493-8531 or email him at Steve.McDonald@CoxInc.com.

     

    The Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma is brought to you by Mattress King and Eden’s Structural Solutions.

     

       

    Orkin releases list of cities with most bedbugs

    WSOCTV.com contributed to this report.

    new report released Wednesday morning names Baltimore as the city with the most bedbugs in the country.

    >> Read more trending stories  

    The Maryland city moved up nine spots from its ranking last year. 

    Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York City and Columbus, Ohio, rounded out the top five.

    Atlanta (No. 16); Charlotte, North Carolina (No. 19); Boston (No. 28); Dayton, Ohio (No. 32); Seattle (No. 34); Orlando (No. 44); and Miami (No. 46) made the top 50.

    The cities were ranked based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bedbug treatments from Dec. 1, 2015, to Nov. 30, 2016.

    "We have more people affected by bedbugs in the United States now than ever before," Orkin entomologist and director of technical services Ron Harrison said. "They were virtually unheard of in the U.S. 10 years ago."

    Orkin calls bedbugs "hitchhikers" that travel from place to place.

    Orkin officials think bedbugs have become prevalent because they've built up a resistance to chemicals.

    They also said you might not know you have bedbugs because many people don't have a physical reaction to the insect's bites.

    See the full list and read more at Orkin

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