Trade shows are becoming more handicap-friendly, gearing to families and a few are providing guided tours, say those who frequent trade shows. But the biggest trend is that trade shows are getting larger.
Rosa McIntyre, committee member of the Forum on Aging for the Rankin County Chamber of Commerce and an insurance agent in Brandon, said she remembers when there were 19 to 20 exhibitors at trade shows.
“Now there are up to 600 exhibitors,” said McIntyre, who exhibits primarily within the state and participates mainly in the Southeast. She usually frequents trade shows in conjunction with educational programs.