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Next stop on the technology tour: Las Vegas.

Welcome to Las Vegas: The neon-bright mecca where you can find Elvis, Penn & Teller, Celine Dion and ... woodworkers.

From July 27-30, thousands of woodworkers will be swarming the city to take part in the biennial AWFS Fair. Featuring 822 exhibitors, including 135 first-time companies, the show will make its inaugural debut at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Spanning across 430,000 net square feet of space, the AWFS Fair will showcase the greatest assortment of machinery, supplies and services to be found anywhere on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

"Based on the response we received from the time we made the move announcement, we had little doubt this was going to be the largest show in our history," Angelo Gangone, director of the trade show, said previously.

The show is sponsored by the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers. Cost to attend the show is $10 for a four-day exhibit pass, if purchased by July 8. After that date, the price for the passes rises to $30. For more information, visit or phone (800) 246-0608.


According to surveys from past AWFS shows, 88 percent of the attendees listed "seeing new products" as their top reason for attending the show. In addition, 47 percent said they planned to purchase items at the show, while another 91 percent found at least one new vendor while at the show.

This year's AWFS Vegas Fair should prove to be no different. This special edition of the Technology Tour will help attendees from all segments of the woodworking industry to get a jump-start on planning for the show. It showcases new products and services that will be displayed by more than 70 AWFS Fair exhibiting companies. Many of these products will be formally introduced to the North American market this summer.

Highlights of the Technology Tour include:

* An overview of products and services offered by the advertisers in this special section, along with their booth numbers--beginning on page 62.

* An in-depth focus on new products and services that will be on display by leading industry manufacturers and distributors--beginning on page 92 and continuing through page 156.


Overlapping with the dates of the AWFS Fair will be the debut of the Las Vegas Furniture Market, to be held July 25-29 at the World Market Center, with temporary exhibit space also at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

"The AWFS Fair and the World Market Center have a synergy of exhibitors and attendees," Gangone said. "We're excited about the opportunity and believe both events will see a positive impact from co-locating at the convention center."

"This is a great opportunity for the woodworking and furniture industries," added Barry Howerton, president of the AWFS Board of Directors and group vice president for Leggett & Platt. "With both inaugural shows overlapping during the same week, people in different segments of the industry will be able to see the show they would not normally attend, creating a truly industry-wide occasion."

Combined attendance for both shows is projected to be around 60,000.

AWFS Vegas Fair at a Glance

Dates: July 27-30.

Exhibit Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Location: Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV

Exhibitors: More than 800 domestic and international manufacturers and distributors of woodworking equipment and supplies.

Seminars: Seven education tracks covering a wide range of topics: Business Management, Software/Technology, Cabinet/Millwork, HandCrafted Furniture, Sanding/Finishing, Safety & Environment and Techniques & Applications. Part of the 2005 College of Woodworking Knowledge, the 44 information-packed seminars include 1 1/2- and 2-hour seminars and panels, and 3- and 4-hour in-depth presentations focusing on specific skills. In addition, 1 1/2-hour SMART (Special Machinery and Relevant Technology) programs will be conducted on the exhibit floor, prior to the show opening in the morning.

Sequoia Awards: Judging will take place July 27, with awards handed out the evening of July 28. Winners will be selected in nine categories: Environmental Achievement, Machinery Under $50,000, Machinery Over $50,000, Components, Tooling, Hardware, Power Tools, Software and Miscellaneous.

Show Sponsor: Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers

Information: Visit or phone (800) 246-0608. Complete show previews will be included in the June issue of W&WP and the July issue of CWB magazines.

More AWFS Vegas Fair Info To Come

The full-blown 2005 AWFS Fair previews will be published in June Wood & Wood Products and CLOSETS, and July Custom Woodworking Business. Each magazine will present up-to-date stories previewing the big show, a color-coded floor plan, complete exhibitor list and hundreds of products that will debut at the biennial event.

In addition, W&WP, CWB and CLOSETS magazines will join forces to publish WOOD-EXTRA. a special AWFS Fair-dedicated tabloid with exclusive distribution at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the AWFS Vegas Fair.
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