Depending on your needs, we have several options to accommodate your business meetings. Please fill out a Meeting Request Form to reserve a space.
We've included an educational session voucher for each registered exhibiting staff. Not enough? Pop on over to our registration page and give the gift of an All Access pass.
George Fern Exposition & Event Services provides services such as furniture and carpet rental, coordinates shipping, and can supply display units and graphics. Please contact Nancy Guy at (513) 333-7060 with any questions.
For information about electric, water, carpet cleaning, telephone or Internet service, and the cost of hanging signs or banners from the ceiling, please see the Order Services section of the Great Columbus Convention Centers website.
Drayage is the handling of shipments and collateral materials upon their arrival at the exhibit hall. This includes:
- Labor and equipment to marshal the vehicles.
- Labor and equipment to unload and deliver the materials to the booth and check the shipment against the Bill of Lading.
- Labor and equipment to pick up the empty shipping containers and load them onto trucks for storage during the show.
- Trucks and drivers to haul the empty containers to an off-site storage facility if necessary.
- Rental of the off-site facility if necessary.
- Trucks and drivers to return the empty containers from the off-site storage facility to the exhibit hall at the end of the show.
- Labor and equipment to unload the empty containers from the trucks and redeliver them to the proper booths.
- Labor and equipment to pick up the re-packed materials, check them against the shipping papers, and re-load them into trucks for outbound shipment.
- Labor and equipment to marshal the vehicles during the outbound movement.
Labor is a critical component of the cost of providing drayage services. In many of the major convention cities, there are several trade unions that have acquired jurisdiction in the exhibit halls. To run drayage operations in the Convention Center, a contractor must first put on the payroll a Teamster dock manager, a Teamster traffic manager, and a crew of Teamsters. All this labor simply gets the shipment taken off the truck and put on the loading dock. Then, with the hiring of Teamster labor, the freight gets delivered to the booth. Frequently, this work takes place during what are overtime hours for the trades, especially the handling of the empty containers, which usually takes place throughout the night. A drayage operation is expensive to provide and even more so in towns with labor rates and where tight union rules exist. Additionally, the drayage operation has very tight constraints. A show must open on a given morning and the drayage service has only a 2- to 3-day window to perform all services.
- Sign/banner hanging and theatrical rigging/lighting must be done on Thursday, July 11 or Friday, July 12. NO signs or banners will be hung on Saturday, July 13.
- Standing or hanging signage cannot exceed 25 feet tall and has a weight limit of 75 pounds.
- Free-floating Hanging Banners (hung from the ceiling but not anchored at the bottom) must be 12 feet from the booth floor and cannot exceed 13 feet in length (cannot reach a height greater than 25 feet).
- Anchored Banners (hung from the hall ceiling and anchored to the exhibit display) cannot not exceed 24 feet in length and must be anchored no less than 1 foot from the floor of the booth (again, cannot reach a height greater than 25 feet).
- Convention center personnel must be hired for installation and removal of suspended signage.
Under the cubic content rule, each exhibitor may build right up to the front of their booth, up to the maximum allowable height (25 feet). There are no sight guidelines under the cubic content rule. No portion of your display or structure may extend into the aisle, including the air space above the aisle. This rule allows exhibitors to make maximum use of their booth space. See Exhibitor Rules & Regulations for complete details.
All carpet tape must be Polyken 105C and be building approved. If these requirements are not met you will be billed for damages.
- You must provide the buyer with an itemized Bill of Sale. This form will be distributed to your exhibit space and is also available at the Fern Service Desk.
- After the close of the show, materials must be tagged with the buyer’s name.
- Buyers are not able to access loading docks until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Theft of materials is an issue. To prevent theft, it is recommended that exhibit personnel or buyers remain in the exhibit space until materials can be removed from the exhibit hall.
Only exhibitors are permitted on the show floor beginning at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17. You MUST have your Exhibitor Badge visible at all times. You will not be able to re-enter the building without it - so if you go to your hotel room to change into other clothes for move out you MUST have your badge to get back in. Exhibitors found to be releasing badges to those not registered, or wearing a badge bearing another's name, will be barred from further entrance or exhibiting at future events. Note: No one under the age of 14 is permitted in the exhibit hall during non-event hours, including set-up and tear down.