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.
EXHIBITOR WORKSHOPS will be posted in May
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, due to 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 bird 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.
2018 SPONSORSHIP APPLICATION
Thank you for your interest in partnering with us and expanding your reach as a sponsor at the 2018 AFHE Convention. Please complete this short application and we will follow up with you. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
2018 Application Now Open
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.
2017 Total Attendance: 4,600 Approx. 1600 families/buying units
The last several years, our attendance was in the 5,000-5,200 range. Having our event so close to the 4th of July in 2017 and other factors contributed to the slightly lower numbers. We anticipate being closer to the attendance numbers of previous years again in 2018.
Please read the Exhibitor Information packet linked below before completing an application
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!
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR INFORMATION
The AFHE Young Entrepreneurs program is an opportunity for Arizona homeschooled students and graduates ages 11-24 to have booth space at the AFHE Convention to display, promote, and sell products they have created, built, or developed themselves or services they offer utilizing their own skills.
Young Entrepreneurs must be able to staff their booth during all exhibit hall hours. Please read through the Young Entrepreneurs Information Packet prior to completing an application.
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR APPLICATION
Arizona homeschool students and graduates ages 11-24 are invited to apply for booth space in the Young Entrepreneur section of the exhibit hall at the 2018 AFHE Convention. We will review your application, and if it fits our criteria, we will send you an approval email with payment instructions. Your payment secures your booth space.
2017 YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS LISTING
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.
- All About Wood
- Bianchi Piano
- Deliciously Didactic Dough
- Duck Designs
- Heart and Home
- Rachel's Writings
Exhibitor Workshops & More
2018 Exhibitor Workshop titles, descriptions, and schedule will be available here in May.
Exhibitor Workshop Schedule & Descriptions
Available May 2018
Exhibit Hall Floor Plan
Available June 2018
Lunchtime Sponsor Workshops
Available May or June
2018 Exhibitor List
The following is a list of the exhibitors who have registered for the 2018 AFHE Convention. Check back often. We will continue adding exhibitors to the list as they are approved and submit payment.
Arizona Speech and Debate