Registration Now Open for the Atlanta Pet Fair & Conference
Early registration is open for the Atlanta Pet Fair and Conference on March 12-15, 2020 at the Georgia International Convention Center.
An event for grooming and retail professionals in the pet products and service industry, the four-day, inclusive conference and expo will feature more than 100 product exhibitors, 65 educational seminars, four panels, nine independent certification courses and half-day intensive classes taught by The American Kennel Club, Pet Tech CPR, Ives St. Bernard and others.
Additional topics within niche categories will be presented such as business management, skin and coat health, safety, boarding, pet daycare, training and retail practices.
Throughout the weekend, there will be dog and cat grooming demonstrations showcasing new styles and techniques, all-breed styling contests offering more than $20,000 in cash and prizes, plus a variety of business development and marketing sessions.
“Whether you’re in grooming or retail, we have secured ‘Best In Show’ leaders who are making an impact across the $70 billion pet and pet service industry,” said Khris Berry, director of grooming for the World Pet Association (WPA), producer of the Atlanta Pet Fair & Conference. “Coupled with 17 exciting demonstrations including the Extreme Duo Styling Contest, Abstract Dog & Cat Design Challenge, and the Clipper Classic, plus a Grooming Industry Forecast given by Jacinthe Moreau, president of WPA, the Atlanta Pet Fair and Conference is the most sought-after grooming industry event in the country.”
Key note speakers and presenters will cover a wide-range of educational topics, including:
- Ready-Set-Go, Prep-Bathe-Dry! Teddy Bear Heads Creative Color Workshop
- Groomer Chemistry 101: Anatomy of Products
- Sanitation for Grooming Shops, Doggy Daycares, Kennels and Pet Retailers
- Tools: A Groomer’s Lifeline to Success
New to this event this year is the “social media zone.” Attendees are encouraged to post photos and share status updates all across their personal social media channels.
The Atlanta Pet Fair & Conference is an opportunity to reach target consumers by introducing new brands and maintaining existing relationships. “Hundreds of groomers are ready to shop and discover new products to build their business,” said Berry. “Specialty shampoos, doggie facials, apparel, grooming accessories, and finishing touches such as bows and bandanas will be showcased.”
Beginners to seasoned experts will cut, color and create hair styles during grooming contests and hands-on demonstrations such as:
- Demo: the Golden Retriever
- Demo: Shaving Techniques for the Cat Grooming Beginner
- Poodles, Large and Small
- Sporting (Spaniels and Setters)
- Abstract Dog and Cat Design Challenge
Conference attendees will be invited to “Best All Around Pet Stylist in Show Awards” celebrating honorable mentions, winners and standouts from the competitions. More than $20,000 in prizes and products will be awarded to winners across divisions, including breed, hair texture, ability level and special classes.