CHA Updates: Celebrities, New Exhibitors and the Keynote

CHA is coming fast (not as fast as Christmas but it sure feels like it) and there is lots of news to report about the upcoming show:

Celebrity Appearances at CHA

CHA wouldn’t be complete without some celebrity buzz on the show floor. Paris Hilton’s 2009 appearance was the stuff that CHA legends are made of.  Paris isn’t coming back in 2010 for an encore, but plenty of other celebrities who’ve visited CHA before are:

Deborah Norville – The Emmy award-winning television journalist and host of Inside Edition will be appearing in the Premier Yarns booth (#4117) on Sunday from 1pm-2pm to show off her yarn line called Serenity, from the Deborah Norville Collection. Norville was the keynote speaker at CHA-Winter 2009.

Wyland – An artist known for his spectacular marine life paintings and landmark Whaling Wall murals, Wyland will be appearing in the Fredrix Artist Canvas/Tara Materials booth (#2131) on Sunday from 1pm-3pm.

Kathy Ireland – The Chief Designer and CEO of kathy ireland Worldwide® (kiWW) will be appearing in the kathy ireland Home® by Belagio Enterprises booth #3813 on Sunday from 3:00 – 4:00 pm to demonstrate craft projects. Her new collection of products includes a variety of craft materials, according to Ireland:

It’s an honor to exhibit at The CHA Show as we introduce kathy ireland Home® by Belagio Enterprises and our Design It Yourself craft and home décor trim line…Partnering with Belagio Enterprises combines our love for crafting, scrapbooking and sharing.The collection includes; ribbons, tassels, beaded trims, braids, rick rack, rhinestones, appliqués, quilt, and scrapbooking trims. These beautiful colors are inspired by our Style Guides™ from global travels.

Vanna White – The co-host of Wheel of Fortune and an avid crocheter, Vanna White will be appearing at CHA in her 15 year role of spokesperson for Lion Brand Yarn Company. White will be hosting the Lion Brand Yarn Fashion Shows in booth #4001 on Monday at 12pm and 1pm.

New Exhibitors

A selection of new exhibitors will be showcasing their products at CHA-Winter 2009:

Eco Green Crafts LLC (#3601) – Environmentally friendly line of paint, inks, paper mache, stamps, and embellishments

Burfitt Tools Australia (#32) – Craft product offerings such as the Duck Bill Scissor, designed specifically to cut on a horizontal plane, and the Stiletto tool for fine quilting, papercraft, and jewelry work.

Clear and Simple Stamps (#3719) – Clear stamps and scrapbooking products.

DB Card Studios LLC (#3610) – Custom invitation kits.

Dies Direct (#3707) – Scrapbook graphics and thin metal dies.

In addition to the new exhibitors at CHA Winter 2010, thirty exhibitors, including Lion Brand Yarn, Duncan Enterprises (ILoveToCreate), Petersen-Arne, and Ellison, have expanded their exhibit space from the 2009 show. In total, CHA is expecting 600 exhibitors to show their products next month in Anaheim.


CHA has announced that Dr. Martha Beck will be the keynote speaker for CHA Winter 2010 on Sunday, January 24th, from 8:30am -9:45am.

Dr. Beck is a Harvard PhD. and practicing life coach who wrote the bestselling book “Finding Your Own North Star.” She’s also an Oprah show contributor. Dr Beck will present a keynote entitled “Finding Your Right Life No Matter What!”

Trade Show 100

The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Winter Convention & Trade Show was honored as one of Trade Show Executive’s Gold 100 trade shows at an awards event in September 2009.

Shows are selected for the Gold 100 each year based on technological innovation, green initiatives, global participation and brand leadership, in addition to their net square feet of exhibition space.

“We are honored to be named on Trade Show Executive’s Gold 100,” said Steve Berger, president and CEO, CHA. “This award is a testament to the resilience of CHA members, staff, exhibitors and buyers who have made our shows a vital part of the industry.”

“This has not been an easy year for the trade show industry – or any other industry for that matter,” said Darlene Gudea, president, Trade Show Executive Media Group. “By honoring the shows that set the gold standard for the industry, we are recognizing events that have thrived during the severe economic downturn, and putting a spotlight on the new ideas and strategies that others can follow.”

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