GOA announced that advance registration is open for its annual ‘Connect’ buying show at the Kansas City Convention Center, scheduled for November 8-11, 2021. Attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination, with an expanded refund policy.

“While health and safety considerations are obviously essential, we also need to get a clear read on who’s planning on attending. This level of direct input from the Grassroots community continues to be our biggest asset as Grassroots vendors and retailers have always been eager to collaborate on ways to move our industry forward,” said Rich Hill, president, Grassroots Outdoor Alliance (GOA).

The show’s vaccine requirement is at the top of an extensive list of health and safety considerations, ranging from a new floor layout to individual hygiene and safety plans. The organization’s list of protocols will continue to be refined based on the latest information up to and through the event dates.

GOA’s refund policy for the 2021 ‘Connect” show will include a full refund of the deposit for any exhibitor cancellation on or before October 1, 2021. 

The week before that deadline, GOA will provide registered attendees an overview of the show’s latest health and safety plans and host a Zoom open forum to answer vendor questions. If the show cancels after October 1, full refunds will be available.

“We are fully aware that there are still some legitimate reasons for travel anxiety out there, and we’re doing our best to address those realities head-on. We’ve built an extensive list of health and safety considerations around ‘Connect’—even our contingency plans have contingency plans. I think it’s safe to say that many of those considerations are going to become best practices for gatherings in 2022 and beyond,” added Hill. 

For more show information, go here.