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Join us in Charleston, South Carolina for the 2012 Vendor Expo!

6/26/2012 to 7/1/2012
When: 6/26/2012
1:00 PM
Where: Cato Center, College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, South Carolina  29424
Contact: Kim Kanoy
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The 2012 Vendor Expo Is Sold Out!

Please call or email Kim Kanoy (336-688-5791, ads@guitarfoundation.org) to be placed on a waiting list.

Thank you for your interest in the 2012 Vendor Expo in Charleston, South Carolina, in conjunction with the 2012 GFA International Convention & Competition.

To register for the 2012 Convention Vendor Expo (VE) table space, please read the following information carefully, then complete the form with payment and submit. Charleston VE space is limited and divided into two areas. Space is on a first-come, first-serve basis and online payment in full is required at the time the form is submitted. A confirmation message from Kim Kanoy, GFA Ad Manager, will be sent and must be acknowledged received in order to finalize reservation of table space. (Cancellation policy is given below.) You must read the VE Contract Terms before registration completion is permitted (link provided in payment segment of the form). We have attached the Vendor Expo Contract with complete information in PDF format. Download and print a copy to keep on hand! 

Registered Vendors may sign up for the 2011 GFA Luthier Showcase.

Once registration/payment in full is confirmed via email, registrants (name and web OR email link) will be added to our website VE web page list. This page is updated on a weekly basis, so thank you for your patience until your name/link is added. Registrants completed by May 1, 2012, will have their name added to the VE list in our Convention Program. New this year, registrants will also be added to a Vendor Contact Information list in our Program – this information will include your business name, address, web address, email address, and phone number.

This year’s VE will take place In the Cato Center for the Performing Arts Student Gallery Hall and in the 2nd floor Rehearsal Studio. Cato Center is on the corner of Philip Street and Calhoun Street with its main entrance on Philip Street. These areas will accommodate only a specified number of tables. (Download floor plans here.) Due to limited facility space, and to accommodate continued high demand, while maintaining vendor diversity, a change in pricing will apply to space for this year’s VE. Again, all space is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and must be paid in full at the time of registration. Space reservation deadline will be May 1, 2012. A wait list will be maintained once all table space is filled.

Full table rate is $450 USD, which includes one (1) Convention pass. Limit 2 full tables per Vendor.

Half table rate is $325 USD, which includes one (1) Convention pass.  Assistant passes will be available for purchase for half tables this year.

Vendor Assistant rate is $150 USD, (available for full AND half tables), and includes one (1) Convention pass.

 Floor plan of the Vendor Fair space (download and print for your records)


• Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be assigned by the organizers in order to make the best use of space available. Reservations will be held only if paid in full at time of registration. You may request to be positioned near/beside another vendor (use ‘Comments’ line item on registration form), but we cannot guarantee the position. Special table placement is accorded to our corporate sponsors.  To become a Corporate Sponsor see our Corporate Sponsor page.

• Registrants paid in full no later than May 1, 2012, will be included in the Vendor Exhibition list of the Convention Program.


• VE Shipping: See the VE Contract for shipping information here.

• No Convention parking spaces will be available, so those driving into Charleston will need to park in city Parking Decks. For info on parking, visit the College of Charleston parking information page.

• VE Set-up for exhibitors is from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Tuesday, June 26. Those driving into Charleston should unload at Calhoun St. loading dock or the George St. loading dock, both behind Cato Center.

 • VE Hours: Exhibits will be open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Wednesday through Friday (6/27-6/29), 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday (6/30), and 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Sunday (7/1).

• The 2012 Luthier Showcase will be held on, Saturday, June 30, from 10:00-10:50 am and 1:30-2:20 pm.

• VF Closing: Take down of all exhibits will begin at Vendor Expo closing hour of 1:00 pm on Sunday (7/1). See the VE Contract for return shipping information here.

 • Cancellation Policy: Your fee will be returned less a $75 administrative fee if cancellation in writing is received by GFA no later than May 15, 2012.

Vendor Expo Floor Plan (.pdf)

2012 Vendor Contract (.pdf)

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