MADE IN MONTANA WEEK PROCLAIMED FOR MARKETPLACE
(HELENA) – Great Falls Mayor Michael Winters has officially proclaimed this week, Made in Montana Week, to recognize the annual Made in Montana Marketplace taking place March 25-26 at the Mansfield Convention Center.
Presented by the City of Great Falls and the Montana Department of Commerce, the two-day trade show brings together producers of Made in Montana products with wholesale buyers from throughout the region.
“Montana’s legendary natural beauty, spectacular landscapes, majestic mountain ranges and expansive, open skies are reflected in the goods created here and sold at the Made in Montana Marketplace,” said Winters.
With 111 booths, and hundreds of products, the show is perfectly timed to connect exhibitors showcasing their Montana-made goods with wholesale buyers looking to purchase products for their spring and summer seasons.
Exhibitors from 36 different Montana communities produce goods that range from jewelry, fine handcrafts and personal care products, to wine, art, photography and souvenirs. A list of exhibitors scheduled to attend the Marketplace – along with their products – can be found at the Marketplace website: www.greatfallsmt.net/events/madeinmontana/
Wholesale buyers can also register at the Marketplace website free of charge. Buyers represent a wide range of resellers, including department stores, grocery stores, gift shops and state and national park stores across Montana and the region.
The first day of the show is open to registered wholesale buyers only, while Saturday is open to the general public for $3 per person 12 and older.
Johna Wilcox of Wendt Integrated Communications, a buyer from Great Falls, said the company looks for products for their tourism-related clients when attending the Marketplace, “We’re proud to represent Montana by supporting the Made in Montana Week,” said Wilcox.
The Montana Department of Commerce and the Montana Department of Agriculture started the original Made in Montana Food & Gift Show in 1998. In 2004, funding for the show was cut. The Schweitzer Administration restored funding to help sponsor the rebirth of the show in 2005. In 2006, the City of Great Falls assumed production of the show and renamed it the Made in Montana Marketplace. The Department of Commerce remains a primary partner and sponsor of the Marketplace. The Department of Agriculture and Montana Arts Council are contributing partners.
Other sponsors include All American Pharmaceuticals, Big Sky Commerce, Bresnan Communication, Color World Printers, Fatmoose Media, Great Falls Tribune, LaQuinta Inn and Suites, PPL Montana, Quality Inn, Slingshot Creative Group, and The Country Register.
To learn more about the 2011 Marketplace, call (406) 455-8510 or visit the Marketplace website, www.greatfallsmt.net/events/madeinmontana/.
Marissa P. Kozel
Communications Director, Director’s Office
Montana Department of Commerce