If you have ever wondered what goes on the days before a Cascade Bicycle Club event, whether it’s Chilly Hilly, Bike to Work Day, STP or the Bike to Work Breakfast, I can say this: it’s hectic. The staff and volunteers are scrambling (in an organized fashion, of course) to get everything just right.
The 21st annual Seattle Bicycle Expo is this weekend, and this week has certainly been a whirlwind of activity. We fall into our various roles, touching every aspect of event production in an effort to make the show a success: venue details (the largest to date with a beautiful view), vendor relations (30% new!), sponsor relations (welcome Raleigh!), media, promotion, communication, ticket sales, outreach and customer service. Phew!
The show needs maps, signs, banners, programs and schedules so everyone knows where to go and when to be there. Vendors need electricity, phone lines, tables, chairs and backdrops in addition to their own booth display materials.
We’ve got two stages set up, a performance arena (where you can catch those amazing artistic cyclists and Ryan Leech), a photo contest, a classic bike show, a test ride area plus a youth zone. You can kick back in the blogger lounge and a Universal Sports lounge and a food court.
Everyone is very excited about the 2010 Seattle Bicycle Expo. It stands to be the best we’ve ever produced, and Cascade Bicycle Club looks forward to welcoming you when the doors open on Saturday morning.
(PS: It’s daylight savings this weekend. Remember to “spring forward” when you hit the sheets on Saturday night so you don’t snooze through the Sunday presentations.)