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Rocky Mountian Hobby Expo

Published: February 16, 2017
Rocky Mountain Hobby Expo

The first annual Rocky Mountain Hobby Expo is slated for October 28-29, 2017 at the Denver Mart in Denver, Colo. Numerous hobbies, including drones, R/C, trains, scale models, dolls, diecast, gaming, beads, planes, boats, slot cars, clay art and scrapbooking will all have representation.

Although planning is still in the beginning stages, executive director Jim Marski has big ideas in store for the show. “Our mission is to get people involved with the hobby,” he says. “This expo will be extremely hands-on. As soon as people walk in the door they can get in line to race R/C cars.”

Marski hopes to turn this pipe and drape expo into both a consumer and trade show, however this first year will primarily be for consumers. “We’re going to convert them into hobbyists,” says Marski. He plans to turn casual fans into hobbyists via exciting product demos, tutorials and clinics to teach attendees the skills to get started, and by ultimately selling them entry-level products and starter items.

While aimed at new users and consumers, Marski is ensuring that the expo will still be worth attending on the trade side. With the emphasis on hands on demos, manufacturers will have a great opportunity to showcase their latest products and receive instant feedback on them, as well as hopefully getting the opportunity to sell to any dealers present. In addition, smaller manufacturers will be able to use the event to cut out the middleman and sell directly to consumers. Retailers can brush up on their hobbyist skill sets through the educational classes being held.

It may be the first year for this expo, but Marski has experience at drawing in the crowds. He is also the executive director of the Rocky Mountain Train Show. During his 6-year tenure there, he increased attendance from 1,500 to 11,000 and brought in 30 national train manufacturers as exhibitors.

This show will have a limited single table sales area and educational functions will be held in classrooms just off the show floor. There is an anticipated minimum attendance of 15,000 the first year based on Rocky Mountain Train Show marketing experience.

If you would like to be a part of the Rocky Mountain Hobby Expo, contact Jim Marksi via email at or by phone at 303-345-5031.