We have it MADE in SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
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2023 Southern Illinois Made Expo
After the success of our 2022 Southern Illinois Expo, we are excited to invite you to participate in the Southern Illinois Made Expo on Saturday, July 22nd 2023 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 23rd 2023 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Pavilion, 1602 Sioux Drive, Marion, IL.
This exciting initiative was developed through a partnership between State Senator Dale Fowler and the Southern Illinois Chambers of Commerce in 2018 as a premiere opportunity for businesses like yours to showcase the impressive products made and destinations available in Southern Illinois.
Exhibitors from all over the region are invited to display and sell their innovative products, unique creations, and tasty treats and showcase fabulous Southern Illinois destinations. The event is also open to the general public – giving everyone the opportunity to experience firsthand the quality of unique products made by Southern Illinois artists, designers, and manufacturers and the beauty of Southern Illinois destinations.
All proceeds from admission and exhibitor fees will go toward Veterans Equine Therapeutic Services (VETS), serving Southern Illinois Veterans. Equine-assisted services of all types have proven effective for veterans and active service personnel. Some participate in therapeutic horsemanship, including riding, while others benefit from healing their trauma through therapy or strengthening their bodies with physical therapy incorporating horses. Depending on the type of service in which a veteran participates, there are various physical and psycho-social benefits such as strength, self-esteem, encouragement through regaining function and mobility, and re-establishing social ties through engagement in team activities for veterans.
Donations for Veterans Equine Therapeutic Services (VETS) will be accepted at the door. Senator Fowler and our Chambers are excited to give our local business community an opportunity to showcase their products, services and destinations produced and offered in Southern Illinois.
About the Show
Both Saturday and Sunday offer a unique opportunity for exhibitors to sell directly to the public and wholesale/retail buyers. Potential customers can see, sample, and purchase products and learn about the many destinations Southern Illinois has to offer.
For more information on the application process and requirements and to find the Participation Agreement Form, please continue on to the next page.
To participate in the Southern Illinois Made Expo you must meet the following
Feature products produced in Southern Illinois or destinations available in Southern Illinois
Willingness and capacity to sell/showcase products/destinations to retailers and the general public at your booth during both days of the event
Agree not to exhibit or promote any products/destinations not made in Southern Illinois
Agree to all Exhibitor Rules & Regulations listed in the Participation Agreement Form section
Provide Certificate of Insurance by email on or before the proper date
Examples of types of vendors the Southern Illinois Made Expo is particularly interested in showcasing:
Artisans & Craftspeople (i.e. Carpenters, Potters, Glass Artists, Painters, Jewelry Makers, etc.)
Food and Beverage Artisans (i.e. Distillers, Brewers, Cheese Makers, Sauce Ice cream Makers, Chocolatiers, Bakers, etc.)
Farmers, Winemakers/Viticulturists, etc.
Manufacturers of products made in Southern Illinois
Sothern Illinois Tourism Destinations
To become a vendor for the 2023 Southern Illinois Made Expo, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Marion Chamber of Commerce at (618) 997-6311.