NAHBS will still be held this year in Utah from March 10-12, 2017
February 21, 2017 – The North American Handmade Bicycle Show, which is coming to Salt Lake City on March 10-12, 2017, announced today in a statement that they would not be returning to Utah after this year’s show unless Utah officials change their policy on public lands. Outdoor Retailer and Interbike also recently removed Utah from consideration for future shows.
Show director Don Walker said, “When we were negotiating the show, Governor Herbert hadn’t begun his assault on public lands. His agenda for the state of Utah has the ability to curtail the recreation of our exhibitors and their customers. If not for signed contracts, booked airfares, hotels and the builders depending on the show taking place, we too would be relocating” said Don Walker, founder of NAHBS. “Our goal is to spotlight frame builders and the cycling industry partners that support them. NAHBS moves the location each year to accommodate the needs of builders across the country. Regardless of our schedule we would not chose to bring the show back to Utah unless serious changes are made by government officials.”
NAHBS also stated, “Unfortunately moving the show this year is not an option. March 10th-12th NAHBS will take place in Salt Lake City and NAHBS look forward to spending time with all the small builders and craftsmen that the show was founded for. We hope that Utah will come support these businesses in light of recent events.”
Utah politicians recently approved resolutions asking the President to rescind the Bear’s Ears National Monument and to shrink the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Outdoor Retailer followed this action by removing Utah from consideration for future shows. Interbike, owned by Emerald Expositions which also owns Outdoor Retailer, followed suit. The estimated impact from these two shows (not including NAHBS) is $66.5 million in direct spending.
For more information on the NAHBS show, please visit: http://www.2017.handmadebicycleshow.com/