Shows — November 13, 2012 at 9:52 am

A Great Show for Toy Collectors Coming to Hershey in March

A woman stands next to a Crosley Full-Size iJuke Jukebox CR12-2. The jukebox comes complete with an AM/FM radio, CD player that reads MP3 and WAV files, and an iPod docking station. Attendees of the American Music & Pop Culture Expo will have the opportunity for a chance to win this jukebox (List Price: $1,495.95). Crosley jukebox and photo courtesy of RetroWonders.com, an authorized reseller of Crosley products.
A woman stands next to a Crosley Full-Size iJuke Jukebox CR12-2. The jukebox comes complete with an AM/FM radio, CD player that reads MP3 and WAV files, and an iPod docking station. Attendees of the American Music & Pop Culture Expo will have the opportunity for a chance to win this jukebox (List Price: $1,495.95). Crosley jukebox and photo courtesy of RetroWonders.com, an authorized reseller of Crosley products.
HERSHEY, Pa – USA Theatres, which operates a portable drive-in and outdoor movie theatre in Central Pennsylvania, will be presenting the world of toys, comics, music and more, with the launch of the American Music & Pop Culture Expo.

The expo is set to debut on Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30, 2013, at Granada Avenue Gymnasium, located at 30 East Granada Avenue in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

“Hershey is a great geographic location to host an event,” said Ronald M. Vastola, Outreach Coordinator of USA Theatres. “It is conveniently located to most major metropolitan areas in the Northeast, and can easily attract collectors from Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and of course, Pennsylvania.”

According to the company, the expo will feature numerous vendors buying, selling and trading a variety of antique, vintage and popular culture collectibles, such as toys, trading cards, lunchboxes, comic books, advertising items, and music memorabilia.

Previous shows and conventions, organized by USA Theatres, included a non-sports card convention, which featured various exhibitors from the non-sports industry, and an antique toy and coin-op show, which featured quality exhibitors of fine antiques and collectible toys, including coin-operated items such as jukeboxes.

“All of the events that we organize exhibit the retro factor,” Vastola said.

According to Vastola, the event will also feature media guests, artists and publishers, such as Non-Sport Update, a bi-monthly magazine for collectors of non-sport trading cards.

Although it is still early, Vastola anticipates 75 vendor spaces to be utilized. “Vendor space will sell out fast,” he said.

Early buyers are welcome Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. and also Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. for $25 per person each day, while general admission on Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, college students and active military (Photo I.D. required). Children 11 and under will be admitted for free, accompanied by a paying adult. Parking is free.

“The show will be promoted and marketed through various media outlets, such as television, radio, Internet websites, newspapers, trade publications, and direct market mailers,” Vastola said.

A variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase at the show, provided by Joemomma Foods, Inc. of Hershey, Pennsylvania.

“It’s going to be another brisk and fantastic show,” Vastola added.
Want to exhibit?

6 ft. by 9 ft. vendor spaces are currently available for $65 each and include one 6 ft. table, two chairs, and two exhibitor badges (discounts offered for larger vendor spaces). For more information, call (717) 542-0567 or email usatheatres@yahoo.com

For a downloadable PDF contract, visit www.usatheatres.com/conventions
Official Hotel of the American Music & Pop Culture Expo

For hotel accommodations, attendees are encouraged to contact the Hilton Garden Inn Hershey, the official hotel of the American Music & Pop Culture Expo. The hotel is located 3.3 miles, 8 minutes from the expo. Mention the show to receive a special room rate of just $79 per night (promo code: HDI). Visit their website www.hershey.gardeninn.com or call the hotel directly at 717-566-9292.

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