Solon, Ohio — Marketplace Events, the largest producer of business-to-consumer home shows in North America, has purchased the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival and Tacoma Home & Garden Show from O’Loughlin Trade Shows.
O’Loughlin Trade Shows, with offices in Portland and Tacoma, is the largest producer of consumer shows in the Pacific Northwest.
“From both a personal and professional standpoint, this is a meaningful deal,” says Tom Baugh, CEO of Marketplace Events. “The O’Loughlin and Baugh families have been friends and colleagues for almost 50 years. Marketplace Events is excited to become stewards of these events and we are extremely enthusiastic about expanding our footprint into the Pacific Northwest.”
“Marketplace Events respects the importance of these events among attendees, exhibitors and sponsor partners,” says Terry O’Loughlin. “Backed by extensive resources, and additions from our staff, the Marketplace Events team will build on the traditions established over the past 40 years.”
The Northwest Flower & Garden Festival, set for Feb. 20-24, 2019, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, is the second-largest flower and garden event in the United States. The festival’s current staff is joining Marketplace Events and will continue to run the festival. Founded in 1989 and purchased by O’Loughlin Trade Shows in 2009, the event features more than 20 spectacular show gardens, how-to seminars by top experts and quality exhibitors from across the United States, Canada and beyond.
The 36th annual Tacoma Home & Garden Show runs Jan. 24-27, 2019 at the Tacoma Dome. Operated from Marketplace Events’ Vancouver, B.C. office, the show will be directed by veteran Show Manager Tyson Kidd and Assistant Show Manager Stephanie Gatzionis. Presented by Western Washington Toyota Dealers, it is the state’s largest combined home and garden event.
This is the third acquisition of the year by Marketplace Events. The company has acquired or launched 25 shows since being purchased by Sentinel Capital Partners in February 2016.