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GROOM’D (Atlanta Pet Fair)

March 10, 2023 @ 8:00 am - March 12, 2023 @ 3:30 pm

If it’s making a splash in grooming, it’s at your favorite event. So we thought it was time to give it a makeover, too!

Formerly Atlanta Pet Fair & Conference, GROOM’D is the same gathering you know and love — and still your one-stop resource to find the latest trends.

Join your community March 10-12, 2023, at the Georgia International Convention Center, where talent meets technique, where passion transforms into profitability and where professional groomers get the tools to stand out.

Connect, socialize and share best practices with more than 2,700 of your fellow pet pros at networking events.

Learn the knowledge and time-saving techniques you need to sharpen your skills and grow your grooming business in dozens of educational seminars, hands-on workshops and interactive sessions.

Perfect your setup by shopping for the latest in grooming supplies, accessories and technology from 100+ exhibitors.

Compete in or watch highly anticipated grooming contests with the largest prize pool in the Southeast up for grabs — $15,500 in cash and prizes.

 

Special note: Electric will NOT be provided in the contest ring. You must supply your own cordless clippers where applicable.

Rules and Regulations for Our 4 Legged Friends

While we are here to celebrate our 4-legged friends, please remember to respect our show, the Convention Center, and the people around us by keeping the following rules in mind:

  • Dogs should only be on convention center property if they are being used for competitions, in-booth demos, or by a speaker for demonstrations.
  • Providers of dogs must register for the event and wear a badge for admittance onto the Trade Show Floor.  No one is allowed in the Exhibit Hall without a badge.
  • Dogs may not be walked around the convention center for any purpose other than to be taken to the potty area, back to the holding area, spa, booth, to a contest, or demo.
  • Dogs are not permitted to potty by the convention center Administration Offices located in the back dock area.  Signs will be posted.
  • The WPA Animal Safety and Handling Standards will be strictly enforced at all times during the event.
  • Spa & bathing area will open on Thursday, March 9 at 5:00 pm and will close on Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 pm. There will be sign-up sheets in the bathing area for tub times. It will be open 24 hours a day with the following exceptions listed below:

Sunday, March 12: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm – Spa is reserved for Creative Styling competitors.

  • Competitors must stay within the dog bathing area and no one will be allowed to wander onto the trade show floor until it is open at 10:00 am.
  • Folding grooming tables, grooming arms, electrical, shampoo, conditioner, bathing tubs, and dryers will be supplied.
  • Competitors must provide their own grooming loops, towels, table risers, and any other equipment and tools they may need.
  • Please bring only one dog at a time for bathing and drying.
  • Personal tables or cages are not allowed in the bathing area; there simply is not enough space.
  • Electrical problems can occur, but class start times will be as scheduled. Plan your prep time so that you have an alternate plan to bathe and dry your dogs should there be downtime in the prep facility.
  • Please be considerate of others who are waiting. Bathe your dog as quickly as possible, and then move to one of the prepping tables while waiting for conditioners, etc. to work.
  • Spa facility users must clean up after themselves! Vacuum or gather up and dispose of all hair when finished and sanitize the tables with Clorox wipes that will be available in the Spa.

24 Hour Dog Holding Area / Day Use Holding Area

  • The holding area will be in the back of Exhibit Hall B, next to the bathing spa and staff will monitor this area 24 hours a day.
  • The holding area will open starting Thursday, March 9 at 5:00 pm and will close on Sunday, March 12 at 4:00 pm. 
  • You will be responsible for the care of all dogs you bring: exercising, feeding, watering, and cleaning up after your dog. For each dog, you will need to provide a crate (no soft-sided or fabric crates allowed), dishes, and food.
  • All dogs must be left in hard crates and you will be asked to sign a release when leaving your dogs.
  • Click HERE to view, download, and print all required forms prior to your arrival.
  • You will need one set of forms per dog. We will have extra Holding Room forms available onsite.

A dedicated Dog Potty Area will be located outside the back entrance of Hall B near dock B on the ramp. Please refer to the map. Please be sure to clean up after your dog! We will have an indoor exercise area near the holding room.

Checklist for Traveling with Dog(s):

  • Crate for each dog
  • Plastic sheet to go under the dog crate
  • Grooming loop
  • Grooming tools that have been sharpened
  • Plastic bags (for food, dirty towels)
  • Poop bags
  • Water bowl
  • Food bowl
  • Dog blanket
  • Towels for drying dog
  • Paper towels for cleanup
  • Collar and leash
  • Comfortable shoes and clothes
  • Grooming smock
  • If a dog is borrowed or rented, emergency phone number of dog owner
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Current vaccination info for dog(s)
  • Take before/after photos of your hotel room

Q: HOW IS GROOM’D DIFFERENT FROM ATLANTA PET FAIR & CONFERENCE?

A: GROOM’D, formerly Atlanta Pet Fair & Conference, is the same gathering you know and love — and still the best place to find the latest trends in professional grooming.

Q: WHEN IS REGISTRATION EXPECTED TO OPEN?

A: Registration is now open!

Q: WHERE IS GROOM’D LOCATED?

A: GROOM’D will be held at the Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park, GA 30337.

Q: WHAT ARE THE SHOW HOURS?

A: Please visit our Attendee Show Schedule for more information.

Q: IS CASH ACCEPTED AT THE EVENT?

A: The Georgia International Convention Center will not accept cash for parking or concessions. Only major credit cards (except Discover Card) will be accepted. The registration desk will not accept cash. Only major credit cards will be accepted. Many exhibitors accept cash as well as major credit cards for product sales.

Q: HOW MUCH IS A TRADE SHOW FLOOR PASS?

A: Three pass types will be available for the 2023 event:

  • 3-Day Trade Show Floor Pass (Friday-Sunday) – $30
  • Weekend Trade Show Floor Pass (Saturday & Sunday) – $20
  • Sunday Trade Show Floor Pass (Sunday Only) – $10

If you purchase an education pass, a special session, or a grooming contest, a 3-Day floor pass is provided for free.

Q: IS PARKING AVAILABLE?

A: Parking is available at the Georgia International Convention Center at the below rates. The automated payment system accepts only major credit cards and debit cards (Discover and cash are NOT accepted). Parking fees do not include in and out privileges. Parking rates are subject to change.

DAILY PARKING RATES:

  • Vehicle: $10
  • Vehicle with a trailer: $20
  • RV 20’ or less: $20
  • RV 21’ or more: $35

OVERNIGHT PARKING*:

  • Vehicle/truck/trailer: $35
  • RV: $50

*Overnight parking must be prepaid.  Fees for overnight parking are based on the number of nights per stay.  Large trucks and RV’s enter through Parking Lot E’s side locking gate.  Please note there are no RV hookups.  To prepay for parking or for questions regarding parking, please contact Diane Walcott, GICC Parking Manager, at 404-791-4236 or by email at dwalcott@gicc.com.  Click here to link to GICC parking information.

Q: CAN I BRING IN BEVERAGES AND/OR FOOD?

A: Unfortunately, outside food and drinks are not permitted in the venue. Concessions will be open during show hours for food and beverage selections.

Q: CAN I BRING MY PET?

A: No Personal Pets are allowed at the show. Only pets utilized for demos or contests are allowed.

Q: WILL I RECEIVE MY BADGES BEFORE THE SHOW?

A: Badges are not mailed out prior to the event. Email confirmations with QR codes will be emailed to registered attendees before the show. You simply need to print your email confirmation and bring it to the badge scan stations for expedited entry.

Q: ARE PHOTOS ALLOWED IN THE EXHIBIT HALL?

A: Taking photos of booths or products is not allowed at GROOM’D.

Q: ARE RECORDING DEVICES ALLOWED IN SEMINARS?

A: There are no voice or visual recording devices allowed in classrooms.

Q: ARE CHILDREN ALLOWED ON THE TRADE SHOW FLOOR?

A: Children are permitted at GROOM’D. Children of walking age must be registered and badged while on show site. Children 15 and under must always be under adult supervision and will not be permitted on the exhibit hall show floor during exhibitor move-in or move-out hours. Lost children announcements will not be made.

Q: ARE CHILDREN ALLOWED IN SEMINARS?

A: Children must be 16 or older and registered to attend seminars. Lost children announcements will not be made.

Q: ARE THERE REFUNDS AVAILABLE IF I CAN NO LONGER ATTEND?

A: Refunds are available if a cancelation is made by February 17, 2023. For all refund/cancelation requests, please contact Penny Everett at penny.everett@expodevco.com or call 404-334-4583. We will not offer refunds for virtual education passes.

Q: WHO SHOULD I CONTACT WITH ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?

A: For general questions about GROOM’D, please call 1-800-999-7295 or email info@groomd.org.

 

Details

Start:
March 10, 2023 @ 8:00 am
End:
March 12, 2023 @ 3:30 pm
Event Categories:
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Website:
https://www.groomd.org/

Organizer

World Pet Association
Phone
6264472222
Email
info@wpamail.org
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Venue

Georgia International Convention Center
2000 Convention Center Concourse
College Park,, GA 30337 United States
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Phone
(770) 997-3566