Grassroots Connect shifts spring dates to support outdoor industry calendar

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE (DEC. 13, 2018) – Grassroots Connect, the twice-annual buying show of the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, will shift their spring 2019 event dates one day earlier to support the outdoor industry calendar.

For spring 2019, the new dates for Grassroots Connect will be June 9-12, 2019. The show will continue to be held at the Knoxville Convention Center as previously announced.

For fall 2019, Grassroots Connect will return to the Colorado Convention Center from Nov. 1-4, 2019. Grassroots Connect last month concluded their first-ever event at the Denver venue, drawing a record level of interest, energy and pre-booked appointments.

“We’re all a part of the evolving outdoor industry timeline, and honing in on the most effective venues and dates are a key part of that evolution. The shift of spring Grassroots Connect dates was an easy choice with real benefits for our vendors and partners,” said Rich Hill, president of Grassroots Outdoor Alliance.

The agenda for the spring Grassroots Connect will begin with a member education day on Saturday, June 8, 2019. The education day will begin with seminars and learning sessions, and will conclude with the annual Grassroots Awards dinner. From Sunday to Wednesday (June 9-12, 2019), retailer and vendor appointments -- all of which are pre-booked by Grassroots Connect organizers -- will fill attendee calendars.

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ABOUT GRASSROOTS OUTDOOR ALLIANCE: Grassroots Outdoor Alliance is an active network of 70 independent retailers working together for the health and growth of specialty outdoor retail. With 130 storefronts across 37 states, Grassroots member retailers currently total approximately $400 million in annual sales. Through data collection and analysis, direct member support, specialty events, and deep vendor partnerships, Grassroots Outdoor Alliance is creating both a vision and roadmap for the long-term success of independent specialty retailers. Grassroots Outdoor Alliance is also recognized as a catalyst for the success of its retailers and vendor partners; an advocate for specialty independent retail; a promoter of education and community within the specialty channel; and a key influencer of the national outdoor industry. For more information on Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, please go to

ABOUT GRASSROOTS CONNECT: Efficient, affordable and effective for every attendee, Grassroots Outdoor Alliance Connect is the only national show designed specifically to improve retail buying results. Scheduled as early as possible in the buying cycle, the growing Grassroots Connect show attracts nearly 1,000 independent specialty retailers, vendor brands, media, and members of the outdoor industry community to each show. Connect provides a highly efficient opportunity for retailers, reps and vendors to present, discuss, plan and collect pre-season orders. Cost-effective and simple, Connect is both an incubator and testing ground for the greater outdoor industry. Invited retailers receive a per attendee reimbursement to offset their travel costs. Future dates for Connect include Knoxville, Tennessee (June 9-12, 2019) and Denver, Colorado (Nov. 1-4, 2019). For more information on Grassroots Connect, please go to

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