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Made in Montana Tradeshow for Food & Gifts - Helena

Don't miss this extraordinary event March 15-16, 2019  

 Includes the Native American Made in Montana Pavilion 

The annual, two-day trade show connects wholesale store buyers from across the region with over 150 exhibitors in the Made in Montana program.  

Exclusive Wholesale Buyers Day is a chance for store buyers and other industry professionals to discover what’s new, renew contacts, purchase inventory, and network with other industry pros.

Public Showcase Day is a way for exhibitors to display their wares to the public and let them experience firsthand the products they’ll soon find on store shelves around the state.

The Tradeshow is located annually at the Lewis & Clark County Exhibit Hall, 98 West Custer Avenue, Helena, MT.

The 2019 Tradeshow is SOLD OUT for Exhibitors.

Wholesale Buyer Registration is open. Pre-register now, on Submittable.

An email will be sent to all registered members of the program alerting them when registration opens.  

Exhibitors must be members of the Made in Montana program selling wholesale.



 Wholesale Buyer Day

Friday, March 15, 2019

9 AM - 6 PM

This day is reserved strictly for wholesale buyers only

Registration is required. Register here.


Public Showcase Day

Saturday, March 16, 2019

8:30 AM - 5 PM

This event is free and open to the public

No registration is necessary

Enjoy the 2018 Show TV Ad

About the Show

This is the premier opportunity to reach wholesale buyers interested in authentic Made in Montana products for their stores. In addition, you get to introduce your products to the public to generate future sales.

Friday is set aside for wholesale buyers only and is the true purpose of the event. It provides a one-stop marketplace for Made in Montana food and gift producers to meet and sell their authentic products to store buyers for resale.

This show is not a retail craft show nor is it akin to a Farmer's Market. Exhibitors are required to adhere to wholesale selling processes, procedures, and traditions. That includes offering a wholesale pricing structure that conforms to the food and gift wholesale industry.

As a bonus, Saturday offers a unique opportunity for exhibitors to sell directly to the public at retail prices (the same price the customer would find in a store). Potential customers can see, sample, and purchase products while at the same time learning where they can be found in stores in their area.

This day is included to help promoted recognition of Made in Montana products and to also make producers and wholesale buyers with great feedback about how the public likes the products.

Exhibitor Eligibility 

To participate you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a registered member of the Made in Montana program 
  • Selling gifts, general merchandise items, and/or shelf-stable, packaged food 
  • Willingness and capacity to sell products at wholesale prices and policies
    • First time exhibitors at the show must submit to a jurying process for admission and agree to provide necessary documents proving their readiness for the wholesale process 
    • Experienced wholesalers may ask for an exemption
  • Follow all applicable Health Department rules (if sampling food and/or beverage products) and must provide copies to health permit and labels
  • Agree not to exhibit or promote any non-Made in Montana products at this trade show
  • Agree to all Exhibitor Rules & Regulations

Exhibitor Checklists

First Time Exhibitor
Previous Exhibitor

Booth Specifications

  • "Stair Step" Pipe & Drape Booth (black)Booth Information
  • All booths are 10' x 10'
    • May have maximum of 2 booths per exhibitor (20' x 10' total)
  • Back wall: 8' high
  • Side divider: 8' high extending 6' from back wall, and then 3' high to aisle (4')

Basic booth also includes:

  • 2 chairs (standard height)
  • 1 - 6' x 24" skirted table (standard height; black drape with white top)
  • 1 - 500 watt/110v electrical outlet per booth (exhibitor must supply own extension cord)


Booth Price

  • Early Bird *save $50* (10/29/18 - 11/19/18): $350 inline / $400 corner booth
  • Regular (11/20/18 - 2/25/19): $400 inline / $450 corner booth
  • Last Minute *based on availability* (2/25/19 - 3/8/19): $450 inline / $500 corner booth


Exhibitor Registration for the 2019 show will begin on Monday October 29, 2018. 

Apply Here

For more information, please contact us at 406-841-2757 or by email.

About the Show

The Made in Montana Tradeshow for Food & Gifts is primarily intended as a wholesale market, and is open to store buyers-only on Friday March 23, to registrants who are looking to purchase goods for resale.

This is the premier state-wide event to see, sample, and purchase the newest products and developments in the Made in Montana food and gift industry.

To qualify as a buyer, you must sell the type of products represented at our show, and be able to show proof of relevant occupation/status.

Why Attend?

  • Discover new products 
  • Meet with vendors from across the state
  • Learn new trends and what is selling
  • Network with other industry professionals


In order to be eligible for buyer status, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Owner/Manager/Buyer for a retail store, shop, restaurant, or similarly associated business OR staff with purchasing authority
  • Must be able to show proof of relevant occupation/status via business card or other business collateral (invoice, business checks, etc)
  • Include no more than four (4) buyers/representatives per business - unless prior permission is granted by show management
Wholesale Buyer Register Here

Interested in Sponsoring?

Is your company or organization interested in sponsoring the Made in Montana Tradeshow - supporting and reaching local wholesale producers, manufacturers and retail store owners?

Now’s your chance! Over 500 wholesale buyers and 6,800 members of the public attend the show annually, so your message will reach them too!

Why this show is important

  • Retail store owners can easily source authentic Made in Montana products
  • Research shows that over twelve million visitors to Montana per year rate shopping as a top spending activity while traveling - specifically looking for products that are made in Montana.
  • Provides an opportunity for new and growing small businesses to learn the basics of wholesale tradeshow exhibition
  • Supports the ‘Shop Local’ movement encouraging the public to purchase locally-produced products

Benefits of Sponsorship

As the premiere marketplace where Montana retail stores owners and food & gift producers meet, your sponsorship can underscore your organization’s mission and values. Specifically:

  • Get your message out to over 150 exhibitors/producers and over 500 retail store buyers looking for opportunities to grow in Montana. As a bonus, thousands of Montanans attend the show on Product Showcase Day
  • Increase awareness of your product/service, and build relationships with potential and existing clients and partners
  • Position your organization as an industry leader
  • Help grow the retail sector economy of the state, including helping to boost emerging Montana businesses
  • Show your support for and commitment to Montana’s small businesses and overall economic growth

Sponsor Levels

$5,000 Diamond Level

Made in Montana shopping bag Sponsor. Includes company logo/design on the bag


$3,000 Platinum Level

Exhibitor and Buyer Appreciation Reception Sponsor, with company recognition and signage at the event


$2,000 Gold Level

SOLD Nametag Lanyard Sponsor, with company logo and name (printed for you with your logo)


Event App Sponsor (Whova), with company logo on landing page banner, hyperlinked to your website


$1,500 Silver Level [2 NOW AVAILABLE!]

Exhibitor Educational Seminar Sponsor, with opportunity to address seminar attendees (seminars TBD)


$1,000 Bronze Level

Retailer of the Year and Exhibitor Awards Sponsor, with company recognition at the event


$750 Community Level [2 NOW AVAILABLE!]

SOLD Refreshment Rooms Sponsor, with company name and logo on room signage


$600 Friend Level

Considerations listed below


In addition to the specific considerations offered under each level, ALL sponsors will receive the following:

1. Booth space in sponsor section on Wholesale Buyer Day (Friday)

2. Opportunity to provide company collateral and premiums in Exhibitor and Wholesale Buyer bags

3. Hyperlinked company logo featured on the Made in Montana Tradeshow website (size dependent on sponsorship level)

4. Inclusion of company logo in any printed marketing materials and e-newsletters

5. Company banner displayed in entry way during the event [provided by sponsor]

6. Recognition on social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn)

7. Up to 4 entry passes to exhibit hall on Wholesale Buyer Day (Friday)

8. Invitation to the Reception on Friday evening. Attendees include exhibitors, buyers, state dignitaries and program VIP’s


To learn more about sponsorship levels available and find one that fits your needs, please contact Lonie Stimac at 406-841-2757.

While the main purpose of this Tradeshow is wholesale purchases for resale, the public get the exclusive opportunity to see, taste, smell and buy these Made in Montana goods that will soon hit store shelves. Saturday is Public Showcase Day, and all are invited to partake in the show as retail buyers.

You will get to experience firsthand the quality and beauty of unique products made by Montana artists, designers, and manufacturers.

This show has garnered over 6,800 members of the public on this day in prior years - so be sure to have your shopping bags and walking shoes ready! Food and coffee trucks will be available outside the venue, as well as concessions inside.


Here's an example of resources 2018 exhibitors used. It is for reference only and 2019 information may be modified.  

Show Policies
Load In/Load Out Policy & Times
Exhibitor Schedule

 First time and previous exhibitor checklists and booth specifications can be found here


We love our wholesale buyers! To ensure the best experience possible we encourage you to pre-register for the 2019 show starting in December 2018.  That way we can have your badge waiting for you at the door. Otherwise, buyers can signup when they arrive with valid business credentials.

Pre-registration Currently Unavailable



Learn more about the show and the benefits of attending here.


The Made in Montana Tradeshow wouldn't be possible without our generous sponsors. They not only provide funding for the show, but they also offer great products and services that are useful for our exhibitors, buyers, the public, and all program participants. This is our chance to acknowledge them and say thank you for their contribution. Check them out!


Northwestern Energy LogoNorthwestern Energy |
Working to deliver safe, reliable and innovative energy solutions of value for customers, communities, employees and investors. Northwestern Energy endeavors to enrich lives through a safe, sustainable energy future.


Montana Department of Commerce LogoMontana Department of Commerce |
The department works with statewide and local partners, private industry, and small businesses to enhance and sustain economic prosperity in Montana. Grows the economy through business creation, retention and expansion.


Town Pump LogoTown Pump Hotel Group |
Offers award-winning accommodations throughout Montana. A variety of hotels and resorts ensures a place for everyone to lie their head. Most locations offer complimentary shuttle service, and some offer free hot breakfast. All properties are located near local attractions, outdoor recreation areas, national parks, streams and lakes, and areas with wildlife viewing opportunities.


Montana Television NetworkMontana Television Network |
KLXH in Helena is Montana’s news leader, working with affiliate stations to provide text and email alerts and timely social media updates to deliver news anywhere, anytime, in any format.


Big Sky Fulfillment LogoBig Sky Fulfillment |
Handles labels, packing, shipping and returns so clients can work on their own business. Missoula-headquartered inventory space management and e-commerce systems management helpsstreamline the product process to make customers happy.


Helena Independent Record LogoHelena Independent Record |
The local provider of print and online news, information and advertising in Helena with affiliate newspapers in Billings, Butte, Hamilton and Missoula. Owned by Lee Enterprises, each paper endeavors to provide depth and continuity in its coverage of community news.


Montana Radio Company Logo Montana Radio Co. |
Montana-owned and operates 107 The Mighty Mo, 99.5 The Bull, 105.3 KMTX, Z101, Rock 96.3, Mix 102.3, 94.9 ESPN and Newsradio 95.9/950 KCAP. Station staff works as a team to foster relationships with listeners, advertisers and community leaders to best serve them all.


Price Container LogoPrice Containers |
The company works with each client to procure the right size and type of container and manage inventory. Warehouse management and delivery teams are available to help orders get where they should be on time.


Alphagraphics LogoAlphagraphics |
Exclusive provider of Made in Montana program labels. They also help businesses create print and marketing solutions that will get them noticed. Business cards, stationery, flyers, signs and marketing materials are created that help create an identity that clients and their customers trust.


UPS is a global leader in shipping and mailing logistics and offers a broad range of services to transport packages and freight locally and around the world.


Montana Department of Agriculture LogoMontana Department of Agriculture |
Programs aimed at expanding and diversifying Montana’s agricultural economy. The department provides development and marketing programs to help grow Montana agriculture businesses. From agriculture in the classroom to food safety to threatened and endangered species, the department’s focus is on educating and protecting the public and environment.


Montana Manufacturing Extension Center LogoMontana Manufacturing Extension Center |
Headquartered on campus at Montana State University, the center assists manufacturing and industrial businesses in assessing systems to help grow and enhance profit. The center works with businesses on-site to train staff, find resources and identify solutions and strategies for success. Solutions are individually tailored for each business.


Small Business Development Center Network LogoSmall Business Development Center Network |
Provides certified business consultants who offer free one-on-one advice and support to entrepreneurs statewide. The SBDC provides financial analysis, business planning, operations assistance, marketing and social media assistance, training, workshops, development, and loan package assistance.



If you need a place to stay or want directions to the Exhibition Hall we can help.

Where to Stay
Directions to Event
Show Floor Plan


Whova App IconDownload the official Made in Montana Tradeshow app. Open your phone or tablet’s app store (App Store for Apple products, Google Play for Android products). Search for Whova. Download, install, and open! Contact the registration desk staff for an invitation code if required. 

Get the most out of the app and have a more productive experience!

NAVIGATE the event agenda and logistics, even without Wi-Fi or data
NETWORK effectively. Plan whom to meet by exploring exhibitor and buyer profiles, send messages and exchange contact info
PARTICIPATE in activities and receive real time updates


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