Exhibit Hall Information for Attendees
Exhibitors are a key part of our convention! We encourage you to plan time to visit the exhibit hall and attend exhibitor workshops, too. With over 140 vendors in more than 80,000 square feet of exhibit hall space, you will find an array of some of the finest homeschool resources available. You will enjoy a shopping experience unlike any other in the state of Arizona at the AFHE Convention. Nowhere else will you be able to shop and compare curriculum and resources in person from this many exhibitors and publishers all in one place! We are grateful for the businesses who come and support the Arizona homeschool community by providing our convention attendees with a wide variety of quality curriculum and resources from which to choose. Many of the exhibitors have a great deal of knowledge and expertise and are happy to answer your questions and assist you. Be sure to stop and chat with them and thank them for investing the time and resources to come the AFHE Convention!
EXHIBIT HALL ETIQUETTE
Many of the exhibitors are experts in their field, and we encourage you to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to ask them questions and learn from them. When an exhibitor takes the time and effort to explain a product or give beneficial advice, please buy the product from the exhibitor who took the time with you. It is unfair to take advantage of one exhibitor’s time and knowledge and then purchase that product for less from a competitor. Buying materials from the exhibitor who took the time with you encourages an atmosphere of trust and sharing. It also encourages the return of knowledgeable, well-established exhibitors to our annual convention.
EXHIBIT HALL HOURS
Friday, July 13 10:00 am – 6:30 pm Saturday, July 14 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
We are pleased to offer the opportunity for registered exhibitors to present exhibitor workshops during the convention. Exhibitor workshops can be product demonstrations, introduction to services, or general interest sessions that may benefit your family. We encourage you to attend exhibitor workshops in addition to the featured speaker workshops hosted by AFHE. Exhibitor workshops take place in 3 curtained areas in the exhibit hall on the north (left side). They run for 45 minutes and start at the bottom of the hour. This is different than the general session workshop schedule for featured speakers outlined above.
DISTRIBUTING MATERIALS/POLLS/PETITIONS PROHIBITED
Out of respect for our exhibitors and advertisers who have paid for booth space and advertising, distribution of literature, business cards, or materials and promotion of business is not permitted during the convention. Formal or informal surveys, polls, or canvassing attendees asking them for input is prohibited. Campaigning and signature gathering for petitions are not permitted inside the building.
CHILDREN & TEENS IN THE EXHIBIT HALL
Children age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Children and teens should conduct themselves politely and responsibly and not be playing or running around in the exhibit hall. We strive to create a pleasant and safe shopping experience for our attendees. Parents shopping in the hall should not have to work around overly exuberant children or teens in order to speak to a vendor, make a purchase, or walk from place to place.
Experienced homeschool moms are available Friday and Saturday during exhibit hall hours to answer your homeschooling questions and to share wisdom and encouragement with you. The Mentoring Moms booth is located just inside the exhibit hall to the left next to the AFHE booth. These seasoned homeschool moms can offer guidance as you navigate the exhibit hall as well.
BOOK CHECK & STROLLER PARKING BOOTH
We are pleased to announce that we will once again provide a book check inside the exhibit hall just inside the entrance to the left next to the AFHE Booth. You’ll be able to leave your purchases and strollers for a small fee with our book check team. Claim numbers will be issued to allow you to pick up your items or add to your pile. Due to space limitations and hazards due to blocked aisles, strollers will only be permitted in designated spaces in the back row in the workshop rooms. You may park your strollers in the book check area for a small fee. There is plenty of space for strollers in the ballroom and in the exhibit hall. We ask parents with strollers to be mindful and not block aisles or create tripping hazards for other attendees.
NURSING MOMS LOUNGE
For your privacy and convenience, a curtained area is available in the exhibit hall. (When you enter the exhibit hall turn right and you will find the lounge in the corner. Mothers with infants may sit down, feed their babies, and rest a bit. No men, please. Electricity is provided for nursing mothers who need to pump. Refrigeration is not available.
EXHIBIT HALL ONLY SHOPPING PASS DISCONTINUED
The past couple of years we offered a discount rate exhibit hall only pass for Saturday afternoon for those who just wanted to come and shop in the exhibit hall. Unfortunately, with the schedule change putting our Saturday keynote at the end of the day and misuse by an increasing number of our attendees, the exhibit hall only pass has been discontinued for 2018. We encourage you to take advantage of early registration pricing and volunteer opportunities to save on admission fees.
Buy It Here! encourages attendees to shop on-site from our exhibitors and rewards you for shopping on-site with entries in our prize drawing Saturday evening, which includes FOUR cash prizes of $100 plus many great prizes donated by our exhibitors and others.
The AFHE Convention is an event that focuses on encouraging, equipping, and inspiring parents as they endeavor to teach their children themselves at home. Businesses that sell products or services designed to meet the needs of homeschooling families are invited to apply for exhibit space during the AFHE Convention.
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The exhibit hall is sold out for 2018
Exhibitor Workshops, Exhibit Hall Map
2018 exhibitor workshop schedule and descriptions plus exhibit hall map
2018 Exhibitor List
The following is a list of the exhibitors who have registered for the 2018 AFHE Convention.
Arizona homeschooled students and graduates ages 11-24 with quality products and services will have booth space at the 2018 AFHE Convention in the Young Entrepreneurs section. Be sure to stop by and check out their booths during the Convention!
2018 Young Entrepreneurs at the AFHE Convention
The following young entrepreneurs will have a booth at the 2018 AFHE Convention. Be sure to stop by their booths and check out the quality products and services offered by these industrious students and graduates.
- Abello Industries
- All About Wood
- Anna’s Toys, Books, and More
- Beautiful ‘Dos
- Bianchi Piano
- Deliciously Didactic Dough
- Dominion in Music
- Duck Designs
- Generation Rising
- Gifts ‘n’ Things
- Lockerby Origami
- Luv Ya Scrubs
- Peyton Gadbery Art
- PianoForte Studio
- Providential Pens
- Rachel’s Writings
- RedeemSo Creative Carpentry
- Roadkill Skateboards
- Spanish Splash
- Uniquely Tasha
- Urban Dragon
- Willow by the Creek
- Yolo Monkey Studios
- Young’s Enterprises
AFHE is grateful to our sponsors for their support. Sponsorships assist AFHE in serving Arizona homeschool families all year long and enhance the convention experience for our attendees as well, while allowing us to keep admission prices as affordable as possible. Be sure to stop by their booths at the AFHE Convention and visit their websites, too!