To celebrate Outdoor Retailer’s return to Salt Lake City and County, Outdoor Retailer is hosting a Homecoming Block Party and inviting the local community and outdoor industry to an evening of winter fun. The event will be held outdoors – rain, snow or moonlight – on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in downtown Salt Lake at Block 100 South between West Temple and Main, across from the Salt Palace Convention Center. The evening program includes a drone show, Olympic athletes, a cheer rally, DJs, food, drinks and other activities. The OR Homecoming Block Party is free and open to all ages.
“Salt Lake City was an important part of the outdoor retailer’s history. We are very excited to be back and look forward to throwing a big party for the industry and local community,” said Marisa Nicholson, Vice President and Show Director, Outdoor Retailer. “We wanted to extend an invitation to all of Salt Lake City and thank everyone for the continued support and awareness of the people and organizations making a difference for the planet, the outdoor industry and the local community. We’re grateful to partner with Visit Salt Lake and ready for a fun winter celebration!”
“We are very excited to welcome our friends at Outdoor Retailer back home to Salt Lake,” said Kaitlin Eskelson, President and CEO of Visit Salt Lake. “For the next five years through 2027, Outdoor Retailer will bring our entire community together to celebrate our shared outdoor heritage and break new ground in the industry. The OR Homecoming Block Party is a great way to welcome the community to the larger outdoor industry and celebrate the coming together of commerce, community and culture.”
The OR Homecoming Block Party kicks off with a cheer rally as University of Utah mascot Swoop and members of the Spirit team lead outdoor retailer visitors from the Salt Palace show floor to the main stage across the street. Olympians Gus Kenworthy and Shannon Bahrke will moderate the evening activities. With the help of a homecoming committee that includes representatives from Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City and Visit Salt Lake, the hosts will introduce homecoming “royals” including outdoor and snow sports advocates, athletes, business leaders and more.
The celebrations continue with high-flying action from the Flying Ace All-Stars and music from some of Salt Lake City’s best DJs, curated by Bandah. The evening culminates with one of Utah’s largest drone shows by Open Sky Productions, which brings together art and music in a large exhibition above the Salt Palace.
Guests can visit the Uinta Brewing beer garden and purchase dinner from a variety of food trucks and more. Information will also be available on how to get involved with local and national charities.
All attendees can also have their homecoming photos taken at the IKON Pass Photo Booth, located in the tailgate area, which also features outdoor games and prizes from some of Utah’s most popular brands including Black Diamond, KÜHL, Rossignol, Stanley and Thread wallets. Tobe offered.
The full Snow Show training and event schedule is available online and is packed with ideas, inspiration and networking opportunities to support business and industry. Attendees can register to attend and learn more at outdoorretailer.com.
Brands interested in engaging with the Outdoor Retailer industry through exhibits, experiences, advocacy programs, sponsorships, speaking engagements and more at a future event may contact an Outdoor Retailer Account Executive. The exhibitor list and floor plan are live for the Snow Show and sales are ongoing for The Summit by Outdoor Retailer and the Outdoor Adventure X consumer festival next summer.
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