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Back to School Expo Exhibitor Update #2

EXHIBITOR UPDATE #2

August 3, 2017

Only 9 days left until the show!

Good afternoon and welcome to another Back to School Expo exhibitor update!   It’s our way of communicating show information to you. Please feel free to forward this info on to anyone with your company/organization who might need to see it.

1) Make sure you visit the official Exhibitor Resource Center webpage by CLICKING HERE.   We created this page as a one-stop shop of links to valuable show information. One of the most important links is the one for the official Exhibitor Service Manual.  It’s part of your exhibitor agreement and contains info that’s vital to your participation in our show. There’s a ton of valuable information on this page that should answer nearly all your questions, but feel to call if you have any questions not answered here.

2) The remainder of your booth fee is due on or before Friday, August 4th. Please be sure your payment is received by that date. Missing this deadline can result in the loss of your booth space and any deposit you paid.

The 2017 "Back to School Expo" is presented by Dr. Jeff Long's Children & Family Eye CareTulsa Technology CenterApollo's Martial Arts and PLS Financial.

3) Move-in is next Friday, August 11th. We’ll be there at 8:00am sharp.  You can drive inside the venue if needed by using the overhead doors on the west and south sides of the building. Your first stop must be the Exhibitor Check-in Table located near the main south building entrance - just look for our big banner there. Once we make sure all booth fees are paid and all insurance paperwork is in order, you’ll be free to set up your booth. Please plan on arriving to check in prior to 6:30pm, but you’ll be able to stay in the building as late as needed to set up your booth. Building security is physically inside the building around the clock from 8:00am Friday until 5:00pm on Saturday.  Concerning move-out, once ALL show attendees have exited the building after 2:00pm on Saturday and our security team has deemed the building cleared, we’ll open the overhead doors and you’ll be free to drive in again and pack up your display.  We anticipate this will be around 2:30pm at the earliest, so please be patient.  All displays/banners, etc. need to be out of the building prior to 10:00pm on Saturday.

4) Please be sure you’ve familiarized yourself with the liability insurance requirements in force for the show. It’s found on page 8 in your Exhibitor Service Manual. Don’t wait until the last minute to get this taken care of! If you haven't provided us a certificate of liability and workmen’s comp insurance listing Cox Radio, Inc. and Tulsa Public Facilities Authority as additional insureds, you will NOT be allowed in the building to set up your booth! If you have any questions, please call me ASAP and I’ll help you out.

5) We will have an exhibitor hospitality lounge set up during show hours on Saturday.  It will feature free coffee and ice water and a nice, quite place to take a break from the busy arena.  The lounge will be located along the south wall, just east of the concession stand.

Please don’t hesitate to call the show office is you have any questions.  That’s it for this edition. More to come in the days ahead.  I look forward to meeting you and hope you have a terrific weekend!

Steve McDonald - Event CoordinatorBack to School ExpoCox Radio, Inc. – Tulsa2625 S. Memorial Dr.Tulsa, OK 74129918-493-2067 – show office line918-521-1324 – cell918-493-5357 – faxEmail: Steve.McDonald@CoxInc.com

Back to School Expo Exhibitor Update #1

EXHIBITOR UPDATE #1

August 1, 2017

Only 11 days left until the show!

Good afternoon and welcome to our very first Back to School Expo exhibitor update!  It’s another way of communicating information about the show to you.  Please feel free to forward this info on to anyone with your company/organization who might need to see it.

1)     If you haven’t done so already, please visit the official Exhibitor Resource Center webpage by CLICKING HERE, or copying the following link and pasting it into your browser:  http://www.mix965tulsa.com/lifestyles/kids--teens-special-occasions/back-school-expo-exhibitor-resource-center/coSFFJza2jtt6LU8Hzl60M/.  It’s your one-stop shop of links to valuable show information.  One of the most important links is the one for the official Exhibitor Service Manual.  This is considered part of your exhibitor agreement and contains info that’s vital to your participation in our show.  Please read it and give us a call if you have any questions.

2)     The remainder of your booth fee is due on or before Friday, August 4th.  Please circle that date on your calendar and be sure your payment is received by that date.  Missing this deadline can result in the loss of your booth space and deposit.

The 2017 "Back to School Expo" is presented by Dr. Jeff Long's Children & Family Eye CareTulsa Technology CenterApollo's Martial Arts and PLS Financial.

3) Move-in is on Friday, August 11th. The building opens at 8:00am sharp and you’ll be able to drive inside the venue using the overhead doors on the west and south sides of the building. Your first stop must be the Exhibitor Check-in Table located near the main south building entrance. Once we make sure all booth fees are paid and all insurance paperwork is in order, you’ll be free to set up your booth. Please plan on arriving to check in prior to 6:30pm, but you’ll be able to stay in the building as late as needed to set up your booth. Building security will be on hand from 8:00am Friday until 5:00pm on Saturday.

4)  Please read about the liability insurance requirements that will be in force for the show.  It’s found on page 8 in your Exhibitor Service Manual.  Don’t wait until the last minute to get this taken care of!  If you haven't provided us a certificate of liability and workmen’s comp insurance listing Cox Radio, Inc. and Tulsa Public Facilities Authority as additional insureds, you will NOT be allowed in the building to set up your booth!  If you have any questions, please call me ASAP and I’ll help you out.

5) If you would like to use the official show logo on any of your social media sites, please email me and I’ll be glad to send it to you.  Let me know what format you need the logo in.

That’s it for this edition.  More to come in the days ahead.  Please don’t hesitate to call or email me at the numbers/address below if you have any questions. Have a terrific week!

Steve McDonald - Event Coordinator Back to School Expo Cox Radio, Inc. – Tulsa2625 S. Memorial Dr. Tulsa, OK  74129 918-493-2067 – show office line 918-521-1324 – cell 918-493-5357 – fax Email: Steve.McDonald@CoxInc.com

 

2017 Back To School Expo

The 3rd Annual Back to School Expo will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 in the Exchange Center at Expo Square and is the largest FREE back-to-school event in northeast Oklahoma. Come out and see nearly 75 local exhibitors showcasing their selection of products and services designed to get you and your kids ready for the upcoming school year. Representatives from leading companies, as well as local retailers and service providers from this area, will be on hand to answer your questions, conduct product demonstrations and host on-site educational seminars. New products in the marketplace that will save you time and money will be offered, displayed and demonstrated by professionals throughout the show. This show is a highly-targeted and cost-effective opportunity for businesses to market their products or services directly to this sought after group of consumers.Show attendees will be able to take advantage of FREE backpacks and school supplies for the first 3,000 school-age children, courtesy of Cox Communications and FOX23, NO-COST and LOW-COST immunizations by the Tulsa Health Department (parents must bring shot records), FREE haircuts, FREE on-stage entertainment, roaming local sports team and cartoon mascots and much more fun for the entire family!! Best of all, admission and parking at the "Back the School Expo" is absolutely FREE!The 2017 "Back to School Expo" is presented by Dr. Jeff Long's Children & Family Eye CareTulsa Technology Center and Apollo's Martial Arts  and PLS Financial Services.

For a List Of The 2017 Participating Exhibitors: Click HERE!

Ferguson Subaru Gives Back To The Community 

KRMG’s Rick Couri was recently at Ferguson Subaru to celebrate Subaru Loves To Care. The project encourages local Subaru dealers to support projects within their own community.  Couri was on hand to chat with Ferguson Subaru’s Cody Teergerstorm about what they are doing to help Tulsa, Broken Arrow and the surrounding communities. 

Ferguson Subaru donated blankets and Craft Kits to Oklahoma Cancer Specialists And Research Institute for people going through treatment .  The blankets will help keep patient warm and they hope the craft kits will help kids whose parents are in treatment, or might be in treatment themselves, to keep entertained. 

“We are donating blankets and Craft Kits to help the kids by giving them crayons and things to kinda get their mind off what they are going through or what their parents are going through. We just want to show them that Subaru cares about our community and provide them some love,” explain Teegerstorm.

The infusion room’s can be very cold, explain Couri. “They need those blankets to stay warm.” Teergerstorm said Ferguson Subaru likes to do these kinds of things for the comminty. 

“Ferguson Subaru signed the Sabaru love promise, and our main goal in that is to tell our community we care about them. Not just care for our customers, but care for the whole community. We want to make an impact in the world and the whole Tulsa and Broken Arrow Community. This is just one way we can do that and hopefully help those patients out and we hope they get just a little bit of comfort and we hope it will do some good.” said Teergerstorm. 

For more information visit Ferguson Subaru’s Love Promise Page and watch the video below. 

Photo: Tour de France cyclist shares shocking photo of veiny legs

People across the world marvel at athletes’ physiques and rightfully so. They train months, even years, to get in great shape. 

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However, what people don’t always see is the grueling effect it has on the body. Polish cyclist Pawel Poljanski changed that this week when he shared a picture of his veiny, muscular legs on Instagram

Poljanski, who is competing in the Tour de France, captioned his photo: “After sixteen stages I think my legs look (a) little tired.”

In just 21 hours, the photo garnered more than 22,000 likes on Instagram and hundreds of comments. 

The image was also shared on Twitter, where users expressed awe and disgust.

Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro receives Pat Tillman Award at 2017 ESPYs

During the 2017 ESPY Awards Wednesday night, comedian and television host Jon Stewart presented U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro with the Pat Tillman Award for service. 

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Del Toro was severely injured while on tour in Afghanistan in 2005 when his military truck drove over a bomb. Del Toro lost most of his fingers and more than 80 percent of his body was severely burned. He went into a coma for three months and was given a 15 percent chance of survival. When he awoke from the coma, he was told he likely wouldn’t be able to breathe or walk again on his own. 

Del Toro not only did both, he also used sports as rehabilitation, later competing in the Invictus Games, a sports competition for wounded service members. In 2014, he won a silver medal in powerlifting, and in 2016, he won gold in the shot put.

He was awarded Wednesday for his perseverance, military service and athletic pursuits, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“He found a way not just to survive against the odds, but to thrive. He is a study in strength, tenacity, bravery and service,” Stewart said, calling Del Toro “a soldier who has gone through pain and struggling you would not believe just to survive and be here tonight.”

Del Toro said he was honored and humbled to receive the award. 

“Receiving this award is still strange for me. I don’t see myself as someone special,” he said at the awards show. “Thank you for letting this guy who just had a bad day at work feel like someone special tonight.”

Del Toro talked about what it felt like to be tapped for the award last month.  

“I’m humbled for even being considered for this prestigious award named after Pat Tillman, a man I admire, but to actually receive this honor is unbelievable,” Del Toro said in a statement. “When I heard that Pat Tillman gave up a career in the NFL to serve his country after the 911 attacks, it gave me so much pride to call him a brother in arms. He truly is a shining example of Service Before Self. To Mrs. Tillman and the Pat Tillman Foundation, I give you my pledge that I’ll always try to live up to the true meaning of the Pat Tillman Award for Service in everything I do, and to represent his spirit to the best of my ability.”

Del Toro still serves in the military as an Air Force technician.

Pat Tillman, a former NFL player, left the league in 2002 to enlist in the Army after the Sept. 11 attacks. He was killed in Afghanistan in 2004.

U.S. Quidditch Cup, based on Harry Potter books, headed to Texas in 2018

Harry Potter fans, rejoice! The U.S. Quidditch Cup is headed to the Sports Capital of Texas next year.

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The organization announced the news earlier this week, revealing that the event will be held April 14-15 at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex.

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“We are honored to host the players, families and fans in Round Rock for the U.S. Quidditch Cup in April 2018,” Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Nancy Yawn said in a release. “How exciting that the year of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, the Sports Capital of Texas gets to announce that the magical, competitive Quidditch national championships will be held here!”

U.S. Quidditch announced finalists for the location of the cup in May, which included Lubbock, Round Rock and Wichita Falls. The finalists were selected based on bids, which were evaluated on location of the bid, the quality of facilities, the amount of financial support and the level of community support, according to the release. Round Rock beat out the others mainly because of the ample room of its facility, it says. 

Though Round Rock has yet to start its own official team, the Austin area is home to two national championship winning teams: Texas Quidditch and Texas Cavalry. In the 2016-17 season, Texas had more teams registered with USQ than any other single state in the league, according to U.S. Quidditch. 

The Quidditch tournament, which first came to life in 2005, is a real-world adaptation of the game Harry Potter and his friends played in the popular book series. The magical sport involves two teams who “fly on brooms,” competing to score the most goals. It can be described as a cross between rugby, basketball and dodge ball.

Want to learn more about the competition? Find out about tickets and teams here

Photos: AJC Peachtree Road Race 2017

Cinco de Mayo: Five things you didn’t know

Cinco de Mayo is upon us. Many will be celebrating the holiday with margaritas and Mexican food.

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Here are five facts about the Mexican holiday that you can use to impress your friends:

1) Despite a common misconception, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. The holiday celebrates the  Battle of Puebla , where, against all odds, the Mexicans made a stand against an invading French army in 1862.

2) Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the United States than it is in Mexico, with the exception of the city of Puebla. Mexico holds more of a celebration on its  Independence Day, September 16, than it does on Cinco de Mayo.

3) The holiday means big business for the avocado industry. The  California Avocado Commission says that Americans consume around 81 million avocados during Cinco de Mayo.

4) Chandler, Arizona, has a unique way of celebrating Cinco de Mayo. It hosts a Chihuahua race every year.

>>  Quiz: How much do you know about Cinco de Mayo?

5) The 2010 U.S. Census estimates that about 31.8 million U.S. residents are of Mexican origin. The largest concentration of Mexican-Americans is in Los Angeles, the city that holds the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the U.S.

Solar eclipse stamp changes from eclipsed sun to full moon

To commemorate the total solar eclipse over the US in August, the U.S. Postal Service is releasing a landmark stamp that does something no other stamp can.

The Total Solar Eclipse Forever stamp, which will be issued June 20, changes when you touch it from an image of the eclipsed sun to one of the full moon.

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On August 21, the moon will slip between the sun and Earth, casting a shadow that will create the first full solar eclipse over the U.S. in 38 years.

In a swath of the country from South Carolina to Oregon, darkness will reign in the middle of the day for a full two minutes and 40 seconds, beginning at 1:25 p.m. in the Eastern time zone.

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The solar eclipse stamp image is a photograph taken by astrophysicist Fred Espenak, aka Mr. Eclipse, of Portal, AZ, that shows a total solar eclipse seen from Jalu, Libya, on March 29, 2006.

Thermochromic ink makes the stamp work. Using the heat of your finger, the image will reveal an underlying image of the moon, which Espenak also took. The image reverts back to the eclipse once it cools.

>> Related: Rare total solar eclipse visible from America in August 

Thermochromic inks are vulnerable to UV light and should be kept out of direct sunlight as much as possible to preserve this special effect. To help ensure longevity, the Postal Service will be offering a special envelope to hold and protect the stamp pane for a nominal fee.

The back of the stamp will have a map of the eclipse path.

Read more here. 

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