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CABDA show deemed a success, 2016 edition planned

Published February 6, 2015

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — Falling snow and uncertain travel conditions didn't keep Midwestern dealers from supporting the Chicago Area Bicycle Dealers Association winter show. The two-day expo at the DuPage Expo Center in St. Charles, Ill., closed Thursday. 

“Based on the turnout, our board voted Thursday afternoon to green-light the 2016 show. We'll have dates in the next few weeks once we get survey results back from the exhibitors and some of the attendees,” said Jim Kersten, CABDA’s president. 

“But we're planning for a similar two-day, midweek, trade-only format. Many exhibitors indicated a desire to expand their booth size and seminar offerings. So we'll be in a new, larger venue next year to accommodate that,” he added.

The organization has yet to finalize its tally, but Kersten estimates there were around 150 dealers represented and about 450 badged attendees. 

“Feedback from the dealers was likewise positive with quite a bit of nostalgia thrown in for the old CABDA days. I was also impressed with how far some of them travelled to attend and how many told me that this was the first trade show they've been to,” Kersten added. 

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