FIRExpo in Lakeland, FL

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September 8 & 9, 2018 – The Lakeland Center

About the Repticon FIRExpo Show:
The Florida International Reptile Expo (FIRE), since its debut in 2004, has been hosted at the Orlando Centroplex Expo Center, The Orange County Convention Center, the Ramada Celebration Resort and Convention Center, and the Doubletree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando. Now experience the latest excitement of the FIRExpo at its new location at the fine Lakeland Center facility in September of 2013. FIRE was the first Repticon show held at this facility, which offers a great advantage over previous FIRE venues by having ample room to contain and expand FIRE, which always sells out early to vendors and has pushed the limits of each facility where it ran. Lakeland also is located directly between two of Repticon’s strongest markets in the entire nation, Orlando and Tampa, so expect a thrilling show with herpers attending from all over central Florida! Join us again in 2018 for what will promise to be another historic event filled with top-quality reptiles and amphibians, presentations, and more!

Times & Locations

Dates: September 8 & 9, 2018
  
Location:The Lakeland Center
701 West Lime Street
Lakeland, FL 33815
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Hours:Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm (VIP Entry at 9:00 am)
 Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm (No VIP Early Entry)
  
Presentations:Plan your day around events happening at these times! (Events & Times Subject to Change)
These are Events & Activities from the September 2017 Show.
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 Saturday
 11:00 AM - Beyond The Scale Reptiles - Conditional Species Application and the Care of Large Constrictors
12:00 PM - Amazing Animals Inc. - Animal Care and Commitment
1:00 PM - Top Hat Geckos - Leopard Geckos
2:00 PM - Owl's Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife - Wildlife Rehabilitation
3:00 PM - Reptile Discovery Programs -Crocodilians
4:00 PM - Redfoot Ranch -Captive Care of Turtles and Tortoises
 Sunday
 11:00 AM - Beyond The Scale Reptiles - Conditional Species Application and the Care of Large Constrictors
12:00 PM - Amazing Animals Inc. - Animal Care and Commitment
1:00 PM - Top Hat Geckos - Leopard Geckos
2:00 PM - Owl's Nest Sanctuary for Wildlife - Wildlife Rehabilitation
3:00 PM - Reptile Discovery Programs -Crocodilians

Shows & Activities

These are Events & Activities from the September 2017 Show
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ExoTerra Door Prize Raffle

Thanks to Sponsorship from ExoTerra Repticon will again have one of its greatest Door Prize Raffles ever!  Raffles will be held every hour for multiple prizes throughout the weekend.  Most high-end products are being held for the special VIP raffle, reserved for those guests who purchase two-day VIP tickets and enter an hour early on Saturday.  Spectacular sponsorship prizes are expected, such as entire ExoTerra Habitat set-ups, and large cage decor such as Waterfalls and Rock Outcrops!  VIP Tickets are available for pre-purchase.  Come out early and be a Repticon VIP guest!

 

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Tote Bag Sponsor – Zoo Med!

Thanks to Sponsorship from Zoo Med, early VIP guests to the show will receive a Zoo Med tote bag with product samples, while supplies last! These bags are only available to guests who purchase their VIP tickets online. Check to our tickets page here for information on purchasing an early entry VIP two day ticket!

 

 

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Visit Repticon Sponsor Turtle Shack!

 

 

 

 

Feeder_Source_bannerFeeder Rodents!

Hungry Herps? Get your feeder rodents at Repticon from Feeder Source! To ensure the availability of the feeders you might need if you would like to place a pre-order from them for pickup at the show contact them here

 

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Feeder Insects

Mike Houtzager of Premium Crickets will have them! And your Herps are Hungry! So get them at Repticon!

 

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Join Bob King with Beyond the Scale Reptiles as he covers the topic of conditional species permits and caring for big snakes.

 


Top Hat Geckos – Leopard Geckos

Learn all about one of the most popular lizards in the industry today from breeders Top Hat Geckos in their interactive presentation. See some specimens live and up close, and learn all about how to care for these animals and find a fulfilling hobby with them.

 

 

 

Redfoot Ranch -Captive Care of Turtles and Tortoises

Bill Murray from Redfoot Ranch and the Central Florida Turtle and Tortoise Club will be speaking in a live animal presentation on tortoises. Tortoise presentations don’t happen at every show, so schedule a time to learn more regarding these magnificent animals sometimes known to outlive their keepers!

 

 

Reptile Discovery

Bruce will be giving a presentation on Endangered Crocodilians, with a live animal!

Bruce has recently completed his fourth tour of schools across the US. These tours have now taken him to over 1000 schools in 45 states.

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets

Repticon is pleased to offer 3 Ticket Options:
Online VIP Tickets:Good for Both Show Days.
Includes VIP Hour - Early Admission at 9am on Saturday Only !
$12 (Adult), $5 (Ages 5-12), ages 4 and under are free.
Best Ticket Value!
Product samples from ZooMed where available and while supplies last
Exclusive online purchase - click here!
All Online VIP tickets are held for pickup at our VIP check-in table at the event under the name entered on the online form during purchase, and are not mailed.
Two Day Tickets:May be Purchased at the Door.
Good for both days and VIP hour admission.
Does not include ZooMed bag premium or the online discount.
$15 (Adult), $5 (Ages 5-12), ages 4 and under are free.
*Please note there is a $1 venue surcharge for tickets purchased at the door.
One Day Tickets:Available only at the door.
Are not sold until 10am on Saturday.
Do not include Saturday early VIP entry.
$10 (Adult), $5 (Ages 5-12), ages 4 and under are free.
*Please note there is a $1 venue surcharge for tickets purchased at the door.
Parking:Please contact the venue directly regarding parking fees.

Vendor Info


Book Tables:
Click HERE for Vendor Booking Form

Review Vendor Rules: Click HERE for Vendor Rules

Review State Requirements: Click HERE for Florida Laws

Booking Contact Info:
407- 734-EXPO
Bookings@Repticon.com

Table Cost: Two Day Shows
$95 – One Table
$75 – Each Additional Table
$250 – Four Table Package
$30 – Extra “Back” Table (*limit one per vendor & two table minimum required*)

**New for 2017**  Vendors will now pay the electric fee directly to Repticon at a reduced rate of $65.

Two Day Show Schedule for Vendors:

Friday
2:00pm- 8:00pm Vendor Load-In
8:00pm- Building is secured. Event staff remains in the venue.

Saturday
7:00am- 9:00am- Vendor Load-In
9:00am- Show opens to VIPs only
10:00am- SHOW OPENS TO GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET HOLDERS.
3:00pm- Table Payment Due
5:00pm- Show closes
5:30pm- Exhibitors exit, event staff remains.

Sunday
9:00am- Venue open to Exhibitors.
10:00am- SHOW OPENS.
4:00pm- Show closes
4:00pm- 6:00pm- Vendor load-out.

Press Info

To Download a Copy of This Press Release, CLICK HERE

 

FAQ

FAQ
(Frequently Asked Questions)
Thank you for visiting the Repticon FAQ page. If the answer to your question isn’t on the page, please shoot us an email at repticonevents@repticon.biz or visit our contacts page.
Vendor Questions:
Q. Are there any restrictions on the products or animals that can be sold at Repticon?
A. All animals must be healthy and legal to sell within the state. Vendors who intentionally and repeatedly offer illegal or unhealthy animals for sale may be banned from future shows.
Q. What if something is stolen from my table?
A. Each exhibitor is expected to appropriately display their materials and staff their tables in order to prohibit shoplifting or theft. Repticon is not responsible for any theft before, during, or after each event. If you see something that doesn’t look right, please tell us as soon as possible. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE END OF THE SHOW!
Q. How do I book tables at the show? Do I have to pre-pay?
A. To book tables at a Repticon show, either utilize the online booking form here, or contact our Booking Team by phone at (407) 734- EXPO or by email at Bookings@Repticon.com , listed here. Although pre-payment is appreciated, vendors in good standing who have vended at prior Repticon expos are not required to pre-pay for tables.
Vendors who have never vended at a Repticon expo must submit a $50 deposit upon booking to secure tables. This $50 deposit is credited towards the total payment due at the show. (For example, a first-time vendor booking one table must submit $50 upon booking, with a balance due of $45 at the show, for a total table cost of $95.
Q. Do I need a banner and fancy neon sign?
A. No neon sign required. However, each exhibitor is expected to create a professional, attractive display area in their space. It is now mandatory that Vendors must have a tablecloth to cover all their tables. If necessary, Repticon will provide them at $3 per table.
Q. Can I let guests hold the animals?
A. Exhibitors who choose to remove non-venomous animals from their enclosures or allow guests to handle their animals are responsible for maintaining control of the animals at all time. Each exhibitor is exclusively liable for any damage to property or personal injury resulting from handling of their live animals on the host facility premises.
Q. An animal escaped...it was my mom’s favorite! What do I do?
A. Each exhibitor is responsible for ensuring that no animals leave their exhibit area unless under the control of an employee or customer. Each vendor is responsible for recapturing any escaped animals without unreasonable disruption to other exhibitors or guests. Any escaped animals must be immediately reported to Repticon. Any lost animals that are found after event hours or after the event closes become the property of Repticon, with no obligation for return to the original owner.
Q. Are there restrictions about Wild-Caught Animals?
A. There is no restriction regarding the sale of legal, wild-caught animals. Exhibitors are not required to display any particular signage, but are required to disclose any pertinent information to interested guests, including whether a particular animal is wild-caught or captive bred.
Guest Questions:
Q. Can I bring beer or funny drugs to the show?
A. No alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs are allowed in any Repticon show, and WE WILL ASK YOU TO LEAVE.
Q . Can I hold an animal at the show?
A. Each exhibitor is different so please ask before touching and always use hand sanitizer!
Q. Can I bring my personal animals to Repticon?
A. Guests can bring up to two animals inside the event. We feel strongly that this interaction will provide guests with an additional opportunity to engage in discussion with exhibitors and will generate excitement among event attendees. Animals brought by guests to the event must be in good health and under their control at all times. Any guests who violate that policy will be asked to leave the show. (Even though Repticon does not prohibit you from bringing two animals to the show, state or local laws may prohibit this. Please check your local laws to ensure that your state or locality does not prohibit you from allowing your pets to be seen in public.)
Q. Can I sell my personal animals at the show?
A. Guests may not bring animals into the event for the purpose of selling them at the event, as only show vendors with appropriate permits may sell animals. Any guests who violate that policy will be asked to leave the show.
Q. Can I bring a venomous animal to a show?
A. Even though we have “hot” shows, venomous animals are never allowed to be brought in to our shows. We have very strict protocols that we follow and want to guarantee the safety of all our guests and exhibitors.
Q. How much are tickets?
A. You can purchase tickets HERE.
Q. Will I need to pay for parking?
A. Please contact the venue directly regarding parking fees.
Q. You give away FREE animals on FaceBook! How do I win?
A. To learn more about our photo contests, click HERE.
Q. I think an animal is sick or has mites...what do I do?
A. First, talk to the vendor. If you need more assistance, you can always talk to one of the Repticon staff at the Info Booth.
Q. Please tell me, just one more time, what are the show hours?
A. Show hours are: Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm (VIP Entry at 9:00 am) and Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm (No VIP Early Entry)





Exhibitors from the September 2017 FIRExpo
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*Subject to Change*

VendorBooth #
AB CrestiesJ (5)
Amazing Animals Inc.G (18)
Apogee GeckosJ (21-22)
Aquatic N ExoticJ (11-14)
Ben Cole HerpsC (11-15, 26)
Beyond BordersF (8)
Beyond the ScaleG (5-10)
Big J's ReptilesE (13)
BND MorphsI (5)
Butterflies N ThingsP (37-38)
Captive Bred ReptilesC (25)
CD ConstrictorsE (8)
CF Exotics LLCE (7)
Chameleons & MoreE (15-16)
Constricted ReptilesP (14)
Crocodilian Conservation Center of Florida, INCP (12-13)
Davinci BoasP (1-2)
Davy's SnakesP (10-11)
Dragon WingsG (25)
East Coast Eyelid GeckosA (16)
Eastern Diamondback Conservation Foundation, Inc.I (21)
Everglades Feed CompanyP (29)
Exotic Pets WholesaleP (31-32)
Fairytail DragonsB (1-4)
Family ReptilesD (1-16)
FeederSource.comH (1-6, 9-10)
GCA ReptilesE (5-6)
Gecko BrosI (10)
GeckodictionG (26)
Get MorphedF (15-16)
Gulf Coast ExoticsI (1-4)
Gulf Hammock HerpsB (11-14)
Herp Hobby ShopP (3-7)
Hooked on Fish and CoralsB (19-22)
House Of Scales FlJ (16)
J & T Reptiles & ExoticsA (15)
J-Royals ReptilesH (24-25)
J2ReptilesH (17)
Jonathan Sell ReptilesJ (1-4)
Kelly's BallsF (6)
Ken Robertson ReptilesF (9-12)
LCB Pet SupplyA (19-22)
LeafFilter North of Florida, LLC.J (15)
Lee's OkeeteesB (11-14)
Leprechaun ReptilesH (16)
Manatee Suncoast Lizards LLCE (1-4)
Marty's MorphsG (17)
Matt J ReptilesF (15-16)
MJ DragonsG (11-14)
Mother NatureA (23-25)
MR REPTILE LLCI (6-9)
Mr. PetmanE (9-12)
MY PETS ANIMAL HOSPITALA (18)
NalureC (19-22)
Nauti-Lass Ponds & CrittersI (6-9)
NGM ReptilesB (9-10)
Owl's Nest Sanctuary for WildlifeP (27-28)
P.E.R.C.H.P (24)
Patty-Cake DragonsA (26)
Peace, love, geckos and moreG (19-22)
Pinellas County ReptilesC (1-10), B (5-6)
PM Reptiles / Phil McCormick ReptilesF (1-4)
Poison Dart Frog BreedingF (5)
Premium CricketsG (1-4)
QD ReptilesG (15)
Redfoot RanchP (17-22)
Repticon MerchandiseA (1-10)
Reptile Discovery ProgramsP (12-13)
ReptilesExpress.comG (1-4)
Rexy's ReptilesE (14)
Rockin BallzF (7)
sanibel serpentsC (24)
Scherer SerpentsG (23-24)
Serpentera ExoticsB (7-8)
Simply Stylish By LuLaRoeP (25-26)
Steve's MorphsI (1-4)
Sugar Gliders PlusB (17-18)
Sun StylesA (11-14)
Suncoast HerpetologicalJ (6-9)
Terraria GeckosC (18)
The Borneo AddictionJ (6-9)
The Exotic KingdomI (11-16, 21-22)
The Gecko VaultB (1-4)
The Gourmet Rodent, Inc.H (11-15, 26)
The Sultry BohemianB (23-24)
Thunder Bay HerpsP (33-36)
Tiki's GeckosB (25-26)
Top Hat GeckosJ (10)
Triple R ExoticsC (23)
Turtle and Tortoise Club of FloridaP (17-22)
Vibrant Reptiles LLCH (19-22)
WALTER HURSTA (17)
Ward's World of Reptile PropagationH (7-8)
Wayden's WorldG (16)
Wayne HillP (15-16)
Wright's ReptilesC (16-17)
Yellow Room ReptilesG (11-14)
Yellowbellyball.comB (15-16)

 

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