Aug. 17, 2012, Columbus, OH – Attendance was well up at this year’s OFA Short Course. Some 9,100 people registered, the largest number of participants since 2008.
Attendees visited from more than 25 countries, including China and Australia.
The trade show was sold out.
The conference has been recognized by Trade Show News Network as one of the top 25 fastest growing trade shows and the 150th largest show in the country among all industries.
OFA Short Course is a not-for-profit activity and revenue from the event is used to further association and industry programs.
“I heard from many of my colleagues that this was one of the best industry shows in recent history,” said John Gaydos of Proven Winners and member of the OFA Exhibitor Advisory Committee.
“People are positive and upbeat, not only about this year but also next. They are anticipating better spring sales this coming year and are hoping it extends further into the summer and fall.”
The convention was also an opportunity to publicly celebrate the joint venture activities between OFA and the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA). The two boards are close to joining forces in a new horticulture trade association expected to be operational in 12 to 18 months.
Next year’s OFA Short Course will take place on July 13-16 in Columbus.