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Date: February 13, 2013
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442,

Virginia State Parks to host merchandise trade show March 5-6

(RICHMOND) - A merchandise trade show for gift and souvenir buyers will be held at the Wytheville Meeting Center, March 5 and 6. Sponsored by Virginia State Parks, this annual event connects wholesale vendors with buyers from parks, attractions, hospital gift shops, wineries and other retail shop managers from across the region.

Show hours will be March 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and March 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but buyers must pre-register or register at the door.

The trade show will also feature daily presentations: Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses by Nancy Heltman, Virginia State Parks visitor experience manager.

Business owners and managers with gift sales can meet with nearly 50 vendors representing about 100 product lines as varied as apparel and souvenirs to custom products, jewelry, collectables and much more.

The Wytheville Meeting Center in Wytheville, Va., is near Interstate 77 and Interstate 81, adjacent to the Wytheville Community College.

To register, or for a vendor list or additional information, call 804-371-4783 or e-mail

The award-winning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

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