2021 Events & Features

IGES is more than just a trade show. It’s a unique experience, set in the beautiful Smoky Mountains, for buyers and sellers to network, connect and move business forward. To help you make the most of your time with us, the IGES team has put together a series of events and show features.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Daily Buyer Bucks
When you make cumulative purchases of $400 or more, IGES rewards you with money back! Look for IGES Buyer Bucks coupons in the printed directory that will be distributed onsite. Use these coupons to take advantage of discounts and specials from participating Sevierville exhibitors. Learn more here!

Sevierville Convention Center
Redemption Station:
Sevierville
Booth 3002

Nov. 10 Dollywood Tickets Giveaway
Simply pick up your badge on Nov. 9 at IGES to be automatically entered to win a pair of five tickets to IGES Night at Dollywood on Nov. 11. You will be notified on Nov. 10 and will need to pick up your tickets at the Info Booth in Pigeon Forge by Nov. 11 during show hours, no exceptions.
Sevierville Convention Center & LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge
Daily *NEW* The Campground at IGES
Geared towards outdoor and recreation buyers, this area will feature fresh merchandise across boating and fishing equipment, outdoor and tactical gear, sundries, wellness and more. Learn more about the Campground @ IGES here.
Sevierville Convention Center, Aisles 3000-3200
Daily Made in America
IGES is proud to highlight a selection of with unique artisan products, Amish made goods and locally made merchandise who fall into our ‘Made in America’ category. Search Made In America Vendors here.
Sevierville Convention Center
Tuesday, Nov. 9 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM IGES HOEDOWN – OPENING NIGHT PARTY
Kick off the show with drinks, dancing, and live music by rising country music performer, Nashville based Cotter Hill and special guest Lauren Black.

Sevierville Convention Center

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9

8:00 AM Swag Bag Giveaway
First 200 attendees will receive ticket for an IGES tote bag filled with samples from participating vendors. Make sure you arrive early at our Sevierville location.
Sevierville Convention Center
8:30 AM Complimentary Breakfast Bites + Coffee
Get it while it’s hot! Complimentary pastries are offered on opening day in the Lobby to make sure buyers are energized for the day.
Lobby at Sevierville Convention Center
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM IGES HOEDOWN – OPENING NIGHT PARTY
Work hard, play hard! The IGES team is excited to welcome buyers and sellers back to enjoy drinks, live music and mingling with colleagues.
Sevierville Convention Center

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10

8:00 AM Swag Bag Giveaway
First 200 attendees will receive ticket for IGES tote bag filled with samples from participating vendors. Make sure you arrive early!
LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge
8:30 AM Complimentary Breakfast Bites + Coffee
Get it while it’s hot! Complimentary pastries are offered on opening day in the Lobby to make sure buyers are energized for the day.
Lobby at LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge
8:30 AM Morning Brew
Complementary coffee while supplies last daily.
Lobby at Sevierville Convention Center
12:30 – 2:20 PM Sustainability Shopping Tour & Hosted Luncheon*
Looking for products that are doing good in the world to stock in your store? Join this tour, led by Tommy Brown of the St. Louis Zoo, to find the best products and receive complimentary lunch. Visit the Matchmaking desk to register. Spots are limited and based on first come, first served. 

Sevierville Convention Center
Meeting Room B

6:00 PM Hosted Buyer Dinner: Cave Buyers
Join other industry colleagues for a hosted buyer dinner to network, engage and forge valuable relationships in your market. Deadline to RSVP has passed.
Riverstone Resort
6:00 PM Hosted Buyer Dinner: Museums
Join other industry colleagues for a hosted buyer dinner to network, engage and forge valuable relationships in your market. Deadline to RSVP has passed.
Riverstone Resort
6:00 PM Hosted Buyer Dinner: Amusement Parks
Join other industry colleagues for a hosted buyer dinner to network, engage and forge valuable relationships in your market. Space is limited and the deadline to RSVP is Nov. 1. Deadline to RSVP has passed.
DreamMore Resort
6:00 PM Hosted Buyer Dinner: Campgrounds
Join other industry colleagues for a hosted buyer dinner to network, engage and forge valuable relationships in your market. Space is limited and the deadline to RSVP is Nov. 1. Deadline to RSVP has passed.
DreamMore Resort
6:00 PM Hosted Buyer Dinner: Water Parks
Join other industry colleagues for a hosted buyer dinner to network, engage and forge valuable relationships in your market. Space is limited and the deadline to RSVP is Nov. 1. Deadline to RSVP has passed.
DreamMore Resort

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11

8:30 AM Morning Brew
Complimentary coffee while supplies last daily.
Lobby of each Convention Center
12:00 – 2:00 PM New + Trending Tour and Hosted Luncheon*
Discover what’s new and trending in gift and souvenir on this hosted tour and luncheon. Visit the Matchmaking desk to register. Spots are limited and based on first come, first served. 
LeConte Convention Center at Pigeon Forge
Meeting Room N1B
2:30 – 3:30 PM Beers Around the Campfire
Nothing screams the Smoky Mountains like friends around a campfire. After you’ve had a successful day on the show floor, join the IGES team to enjoy drinks, live music, and good conversation.
Sevierville Convention Center, Campground Lounge sponsored by Wilcor
5:30 – 9:00 PM IGES Night at Dollywood’s “Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival”
Join our first ever IGES Night at Dollywood for the Smoky
Mountain Christmas Festival. Dollywood is extending a discount to IGES attendees. 
Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN
6:00 PM Zoo, Aquarium & Garden (ZAG) Annual Meeting + Dinner
This dinner is open to all Zoo, Aquarium & Garden (ZAG) members ONLY. For information on joining the association for merchandise buyers at zoos, aquariums & gardens, click here.
LeConte Convention Center at Pigeon Forge

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12

8:00 AM Zoo, Aquarium & Garden (ZAG) Annual Meeting + Breakfast
This breakfast is open to all Zoo, Aquarium & Garden (ZAG) members ONLY. For information on joining the association for merchandise buyers at zoos, aquariums & gardens, click here.
LeConte Convention Center at Pigeon Forge
8:30 AM Morning Brew
Complimentary coffee while supplies last daily.
Lobby at LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge
2:00 – 3:00 pm

Sustainability Shopping Tour Led by Tommy Brown from the St. Louis Zoo
Discover the latest in new and trending gift and souvenirs on this buyer tour. Only 30 spots available. Visit the Matchmaking desk to register. Spots are limited and based on first come, first served. 

LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge
Information Desk in Lobby
3:30 – 4:30 PM

TGIF Happy Hour

Thank goodness it’s Friday! After 2020, who doesn’t need a reason to relax and celebrate? Join us for laughs and drinks.

LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge, 
Exist Booth#6305

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13

8:30:00 AM Morning Brew
Complimentary coffee while supplies last daily.
Lobby at LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge

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