Wildbird Expo 2018 :: Mexico, MO

Exhibitors & Retailers Alike Agree...

“The Wild Bird ExpoTM is North America’s Premiere Wild Bird Show & Event!” Don’t take our word for it, read the enclosed comments from last year’s show. We guarantee you’ll benefit from coming as we’re dedicated to helping YOU BE MORE SUCCESSFUL! This year’s events & attractions include...

More New Products

This will be the largest number of Wild Bird vendors in one spot at one time in the USA in 2018! ALL Gold Crest Vendors will offer at least 5% OFF everything you purchase, some up to 20% OFF! Vendors will open at 1pm Tuesday for early shopping before our Oktoberfest Celebration.

Oktoberfest

Our Tuesday evening opening Oktoberfest will again be held at the Gold Crest warehouse where the Wild Bird Expo™ is located. Last year’s full-blown celebration was such a hit with the German band, German-themed drinks & food that we’re doing it again! Vendor booths & show floor will open early at 1:00 until 8:00 pm.

Concept Bird Store

On Tuesday & Wednesday we’ll be offering shuttles to tour our retail concept store located in Columbia, MO. Songbird Station won Columbia’s business of the year in 2010. Don’t miss the tour to see what new products & merchandising ideas we are testing in our store in 2018. We want to share the fruits of our labor with you!

More Learning!

Retailer after retailer told us they love our event because we don’t just sell to you, “We Help YOU Sell!” Don’t take our word for it, read the enclosed list of unsolicited retailer comments from our 2017 show. We happily continue Share Night where you and fellow retailers bring in & share your best ads, displays, promotions & direct mail pieces. After the show, participating attendees may request a digital notebook with copies of all ideas shared. This book alone makes it worth your time to attend!

Valuable Seminars

Every year, visitors tell us that seminars are the #1 reason to attend! Most seminars will take place Wednesday to allow MORE time for shopping. A few will be on Thursday to accommodate one day only visitors. All seminars are guaranteed to help you grow your business & better serve your customers.

One-of-a-Kind Shopping Experience

In addition to the 120+ vendor booths, our popular WAREHOUSE AISLE SHOPPING will give you the ability to take a shopping cart and walk the aisles of our warehouse. You will see and touch over 17,000 items and take home fresh, new products to help grow your business! No other show gives you the ability to hold & analyze every product we carry. This is perfect timing for the upcoming holiday season. As the above picture shows, you will shop till you drop, so bring your best walking shoes!

Everyone Loves Our Garage Sale

So many folks enjoy our garage sale, where we have samples, discontinued items, overstocks and slightly damaged products ALL JUST $2, $5, $10 or $20. This year, our garage sale tent is open: Tuesday 10 am -5 pm (no sooner please, out of consideration for those flying in), Wednesday 8 am - 5 pm, and Thursday 8 am - 4 pm. The tent is always packed with hundreds of people taking advantage of deals. Products are replenished until they are gone! First Come - First Save!! Note: Products are sold as-is, with no guarantees on product type availability.

See Our Permanent In-House Show Floor!

Come see 1000’s of products, ranging from wild bird & backyard nature, to gift, and also beverage gifts & accessories. Visit with a member of our knowledgeable team and take home ideas for how these products can work together for you. To better serve your growing gift needs, the Heart of America Gift Show™ was developed. Now in its 5th year, HOAGS is in conjunction with the Wild Bird Expo™.

Why is this the Best Show of the Year?

  • FREE Rooms while you’re visiting us!
  • FREE Meals while you’re visiting us!
  • FREE Goodie Bags ($200 value) to help cover transportation costs!
  • FREE Hotel Shuttles and Shuttles to/from the St. Louis Airport & to all events in Mexico!

We guarantee the 2018 Wild Bird ExpoTM will be a good investment for you (minimal cost, as we cover most expenses). FANTASTIC SPECIALS – NEW PRODUCTS – GREAT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES!!! We need your help! Please sign up ASAP, as each year the event gets larger. Also, first sign ups get the best lodging! Please fill out the enclosed sign up sheet & fax, email or mail it to us. A SPECIAL THANKS! The 2018 Wild Bird Expo could not be possible without the generosity & dedication from the below great vendors. Thank you for hosting the meals, shuttles & refreshments

Place Your Vote in the Best New Product Showcase

Last year’s winners of the Best New Product Showcase have proven to be top selling HOT NEW Products! Be sure to check out this year’s candidates and place your bet for your favorite product. It’s a great way to stay informed on this year’s soon-to-be hottest products!!
2018 Nomination Form.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, October 2nd

Shuttles will run all day Tuesday from St. Louis airport to & from hotels & GCD warehouse.

  • 8:00 am Shuttles begin running from St. Louis Airport.
  • 10:00 am Gold Crest permanent sales floor opens for shopping.
  • 10:00 am Garage Sale opens. Gold Crest will be open for warehouse shopping.
  • 12:00 pm Light lunch served at Gold Crest warehouse.
  • 1:00 pm All Vendor Booths will be open on Tuesday from 1:00 to 8:00 pm.
  • Beverages @ 5:00 pm Oktoberfest begins!!! Beer, Brat, Burgers and Pretzels for all Tuesday arrivals. All vendors and attending
  • Food @ 6:00 pm retailers are invited so this will be a great time to share ideas and experiences and simply “have fun” together!!
    Celebration takes place at Gold Crest warehouse and vendor booths will be open late for shopping!

Wednesday, October 3rd

Shuttles will run all day Wednesday from St. Louis airport to & from hotels & GCD warehouse & then to Mexico Country Club in the evening.

  • 7:00 am - 9:00 am Free breakfast served at GCD warehouse. Back by popular demand is the “Pancake Man”. Truly a show, not just a meal! Vegetarian meals available upon request.
  • 8:00 am Gold Crest garage sale opens.
  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Gold Crest Distributing Wild Bird Expo™ opens! Our show features 120+ vendors, all with a savings of at least 5% off & up to 20% off or MORE including over 2 dozen vendors we don’t stock - several new for 2018!!
  • 10:30 am - 3:00 pm Seminars featuring fellow retailers discussing issues important to you.
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Keynote Seminar Session
  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Free BBQ Ribeye Steak Sandwich at warehouse (Vegetarian meals available upon request).
  • 1:00 pm Shuttles will be available to tour Songbird Station retail concept store in Columbia.
  • 5:00 pm Trade Show closes for the day, includes Garage Sale.
  • 6:00 pm Share night with free homestyle fried & baked chicken dinner & free drinks at Steinman Banquet Hall (Vegetarian meals available upon request).
    Retailers are asked to bring copies & examples of their best: advertising, displays, promotion, and direct mail piece.
    Attendees will vote & $50 gift cards will be awarded to the winners.
    Everyone that brings something to show is guaranteed an electronic copy of a notebook of all entries that will be sent to them upon request after the event.
    Lots of time for fun & idea sharing with fellow retailers.

Thursday, October 4th

Shuttles will run all morning to & from hotels & GCD warehouse.

  • 7:00 am - 9:00 am Free breakfast served at GCD warehouse. Includes homemade breakfast casserole, cinnamon rolls, fruit & cereal. 8:00 am Gold Crest garage sale opens.
  • 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Gold Crest Distributing SUPER Warehouse Trade Show Opens! Save big money - “Just in time for Christmas!”
  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Free BBQ pork & chicken lunch with all the fixings (Vegetarian meals available upon request). Afternoon / evening shuttles run to St. Louis airport.
  • 1:00 pm Wild Bird Expo™ closes for 2018 - SAFE TRAVELS HOME!
  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Gold Crest Permanent Show Floor, Warehouse & Garage Sale will remain open for those wanting to continue shopping until 4:00pm.

Friday, October 5th

  • Shuttles run for Friday departures from St. Louis airport (if necessary).

2018 Registration Now Open!

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Testimonials

"From the moment we were picked up at the airport to the individual help by each Gold Crest employee to the meal servers, shuttle drivers and everyone in between it was an A+ experience! We truly felt cared for and like VIPs Thank you for a great expo!"
Karen & Bev
For the Birds / Georgetown, TX

 

"What a fantastic trade show! You do everything top-notch. The conference solidified our commitment to expanding our bird department items and re-injected us with enthusiasm. Lynn and I are excited about our renewed commitment to growing the wildlife department, thanks to your event. Please sign us up for next year!"
Lisa Herzog
Prairieland Feeds / Savoy, IL

 

"The Wild Bird Expo gives you such a fresh burst of energy and inspiration to go home & try all the new ideas and new products. PLUS the friendships that are renewed & made new are priceless! Seeing & touching the products is very nice!"
Nancy Miller
Nature Lover’s Nest / Middlefield, OH

 

"We were SO excited when our merchandise arrived (on a truck!). It’s possible we got a little carried away, but with such great deals, how could we resist?"
Kim & Debbie
Tucson Audubon Society Nature Shop / Tucson, AZ

 

"We look forward to this show every year. It gives us a chance to see new products and new venders. Your complete staff are all helpful, even willing to walk the entire warehouse if need-be. It is nice to be partners with a company that requires this kind of courteous help."
Ron Smith
The Secret Shed / Schererville, IN