Professional Carwashing & Detailing

WCA's annual show ends quietly, but with success

September 25, 2008

LAS VEGAS — If Tuesday belonged to the attendees, then Wednesday was all about the red-badged exhibitors at the 27th Annual Western Carwash Association Show and Convention.

The day started with a privately-run vendor meeting for vendors to discuss issues surrounding the current trade show schedule and possible solutions to increase the return on investment for exhibiting at regional carwash shows and also Car Care World Expo.

Representatives of the International Carwash Association and the Western Carwash Association listened to suppliers explain the challenge of rising costs to exhibit and a frustratino with decreasing show attendance. Some manufacturers suggested an every-other-year “major” show or scaling back the number of regional trade shows. Currently, there are at least six dedicated carwash shows throughout the nation that most vendors attend each year.

The show floor was quieter than Tuesday, when it was abuzz with activity, but exhibitors said they were happy with the turn out. Attendees were able to take advantage of a quiet floor and spend quality time with vendor reps.

Representatives of the show did not have final attendance numbers on Wednesday, but did announce plans for next year’s show, which is guaranteed to put a smile on vendors and attendees faces: October 5-7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.