MOORE Expo 2022 – good times!
This is our 3rd MOORE Expo that we have attended, however it is our first as a vendor, so we did not know what to expect.
I loaded up the JK and headed to Springfield early on Thursday as I did not know how the set up thing would work. I have done many trade shows in my life and sometimes the hardest part of the show is tearing down and setting up. Chris and the rest of the MOORE staff had the set up process running like a fine tuned machine and I was out of there in less than 2 hours.
The weather was not being kind. The wind was blowing hard and a cold front was rolling in. Last year we had snow for this event. I felt bad for all of the vendors outside. The good news is we had a fantastic day on Saturday and Sunday. The outdoor venues were really busy!
I figured I might as well go check into the hotel and then go find me something to eat. Let’s just say that my hotel experience was not a good one. The place was run down and I had to change rooms due to the AC unit being torn apart and laying all over the floor. This was not one of the better Quality Inns that I have stayed in. They did make it right by giving me a 50% discount, so I was happy about that.
The good news is I found a fantastic coffee shop right down the road form the hotel. Echelon Coffee was amazing and the staff was the best! Great coffee, great service and just a wonderful experience. We will be back!
I finished up the evening meeting some new friends and eating some world class BBQ at the Whole Hog. It was very good. I got to meet the fine folks from TC Teardrop trailers while eating. It was fun getting to chat with Todd & Carol and getting to know them a little. They have a great trailer, so if you are in the market, go check them out!
One of the best things about these events are getting to meet good folks that enjoy the same hobbies. The off-road / overlanding crowd for the most part have some great folks involved at all levels. Todd & Carol were just a few of the kind folks that we met over the course of the weekend.
Friday arrived and it was COLD! The wind was blowing and the temps were not going to climb out of the 40’s. However you would not have known it from the show turn out. The crowds were steady for most of the day! The inside vendors took advantage of the traffic as those poor folks outside were just trying to stay warm. It was so much fun speaking with folks from all over the U.S.
I did not get out into the show much as the booth was bust for most of the day! That is a good thing. Here are a few shots from that Friday.
The calm before the storm – right before the doors opened on Friday!
There were a ton of e-bikes at the show.
Jamie had to teach on Friday, but she rolled in right as the show was closing on Fr