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This year, all roads lead to Orlando. The popular vacation destination is home to not one, but two industry trade shows this year, starting with the Orlando Pool and Spa Show this month followed by the 2014 PSP Expo in November.
First up is the mainstay show of the sunshine state: the Orlando Pool and Spa Show. This year’s show will also include the Solar Energy Show, and show organizers are embracing the addition with a new name.
“The FSPA board of directors has expressed interest in the annual trade show expanding beyond just swimming pool and spa products,” says Wendy Parker Barsell, executive director of the Florida Swimming Pool Association. “In 2013, the association began managing the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association on a contract basis. They were looking for ways to increase their presence and ways to raise funds for their association. As a result of both, we made the decision to expand the show and rename it the ‘Everything Under the Sun Expo.’”
The expo will feature more than 225 exhibitors across the pool, spa, outdoor living and solar industries, and more than 75 education courses — 80 percent of which are brand new offerings.
“Our education coordinator is always working to be sure that the courses address the most current issues and technologies for our industry,” Parker Barsell says.
Classes are free to FSPA members and any employee of member companies.
As for events, the fun kicks off Thursday, February 20 with the FlaSEIA Solar Power Open Golf Tournament at Orange County National. The tournament includes 18 holes of golf with cart, range balls and a breakfast and hot lunch for $125 per person — and it’s a perfect excuse to enjoy the sun.
If you enjoyed last year’s tour of the Wet n’ Wild waterpark, you might want to look into this year’s tour of Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. And like last year, a Sustainability Tour of the Orange County Convention Center will offer attendees a behind-the-scenes look at the second-largest solar array in the United States.
On Thursday, February 20, mark your calendar for the Awards and Welcome Reception at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. The reception, free to show exhibitors and registered attendees, will showcase the exceptional pools, spas and water features being built in Florida.
Finally, the annual industry party will be held Friday night at Howl at the Moon, a gathering that attracts nearly 1,000 people, according to Parker Barsell. With free food, an open bar, entertainment and time with fellow pool pros, it’s easy to see why.
With all of the education, events and exhibitors, it’s clear to see the Orlando Pool and Spa Show (and Solar Energy Show) really does have everything under the sun. For more information on the show, visit underthesunexpo.com.
Wednesday, February 19
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday, February 20
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, February 21
Exhibit Hall Open: 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 22
Exhibit Hall Open: 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.
8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
10:20 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
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