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ooak exhibitor manual
March 29 to April 2, 2023
Spring 2023 Exhibitor Manual
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  • Competition, Fashion Shows, and more!

Theme Competition, Fashion Shows, and More!


Make the most of every opportunity--and even earn some extra cash--during your time at One Of A Kind! In addition to our awards and contests, here are some ways to increase your exposure and return on investment at the show.

One Of A Kind Theme Competition


We know our show requires a lot of logistical preparations, but we want you to have the chance to flex your creative muscles too! So, each year, we challenge exhibitors to create a one-of-a-kind piece in their medium that represents the show's competition theme. We display the entries in the Centre Aisle to give you extra exposure at the show entrance and a panel of special judges select three winners who will receive cash prizes for their hard work and creativity! 

This year, we are excited to announce that our competition theme is 🌞 Sunny 🌞. 

Warmer weather, flowers in bloom, blue skies...and the glowing sun brightening our days and making us feel ready to take on the day. This year we ask you to submit your creative take on the word "SUNNY". Is that a colour? A taste? A smell? We have all experienced it - the brightness, the burst of energy that makes us feel uplifted and, in turn, rise and shine. Please recreate that feeling through an object of your own design that will make a visitor experience the brightness and warmth of a sunny day.

Click the button below for more information or to register your participation and check out our Theme Competition Pinterest Board to see past competition theme displays and entries.

Theme Competition Entry Deadline: Friday, March 17, 2023.

One Of A Kind Fashion Shows


Our fashion shows highlight the works of our talented clothing and accessories designers. We are excited to welcome back Erika Larva of Monarch Events Group, where she will be curating daily fashion shows filled with One Of A Kind fashions. 


  •  Exhibitors can submit a maximum of 4 pieces for the fashion shows; the fashion show team will select 1-2 per exhibitor. 
  • To participate, simply pre-package and load your fashion show submissions so that they are the first to be unloaded when you get onsite. Then, drop them off to the Fashion Show coordinators in the designated spot during move-in.
  • Products will be returned to you after the last fashion show they are featured in.

For questions, please email Erika Larva of March Events Group Inc. 

Best Booth Award


Our Best Booth Awards go out to exhibitors who go the extra mile when putting together their display! Judged by visual merchandising expert, Ani Nersessian of VM ID, each booth is reviewed to consider these basic criteria:

  • Good Lighting: We cannot stress enough how essential proper lighting is to an effective booth display. Dim booth stand out in the aisles--and not in a good way! Make sure your booth is bright and puts the focus on your beautiful work.
  • Clear Branding: You have the width of your booth to capture passing shoppers' attention--make sure you have clear signage and a well-designed space so that they can easily find you from the aisles.
  • Good Use of Space: Is your booth easy to enter? Engaging? Well merchandised? Are there are considerations you should take to consider your how your customers will interact in the space--ex. if you sell children's clothes, make sure you have room for moms with strollers.
  • Creativity: This what we're all here for, so show us your personality! Customers should get a sense of your brand and personality just from a glance at your space, whether it is through signage, colours, merchandising or display structures.

Our judge will select winners in five different categories based on booth size:

  • Heavyweight (150 sq feet and up): $600 + preferred placement in next year's show
  • Middleweight (75 and 100 sq ft): $400 + preferred placement in next year's show
  • Featherweight (50 sq ft): $300 + preferred placement in next year's show
  • Rookie of the Year (Rising Stars): $250 + preferred placement in next year's show
  • Marketplace: $200 + preferred placement at next year's show.

There is no need to enter--you are eligible for our Best Booth Awards just by exhibiting in the show. Winners will be announced in the onsite newsletter and on social media, plus our judge will provide a detailed breakdown of why each winner was selected.