The Western Pool and Spa Show is celebrating its 40th anniversary and is thrilled for the decades of support from countless service professionals, builders, manufacturers, and distributors.
Returning to its regular venue, the show will take place at the Long Beach Convention Center from Thursday, March 15 through Saturday, March 17.
For many in the pool and spa industry, the Western Show marks the end of the trade show season, and the beginning of regular pool maintenance and repair. Spring is in the air and it is time to pull off those pool covers and get back to the brass tacks of ensuring customers’ equipment is in good working order and resuming a more rigorous water chemistry schedule.
What better time to brush up on the latest best practices and learn about cutting-edge equipment? Because if there is one thing the Western Show has in spades, it is a superb educational track. With 79 classes this year, it may be the education alone that attracts the droves of industry professionals every year. The show boasts 40 brand new classes on topics as diverse as beginning construction, bonding and grounding, and advanced water chemistry. It also features essential classes for both beginners and those wishing to become reacquainted with the basics. And for Spanish speakers, 15 classes have been added to the schedule.
The sheer volume of classes is what Western Show organizers are proud of.
“You’ve got to open it up…You’ve got to open up education, and you’ve got to open up other language classes. And that’s what we started big this year,” said Western Show President Glen Knecht.
Seminars take place Thursday, from 1 to 5:45 p.m., Friday, from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
The exhibit hall opens on Thursday, from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, from 2 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, from 1 to 6 p.m.
Be sure to stay till the very end: once again, the show will give away a brand-new Dodge Ram pick-up.
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